The Weekend Guide

john gerrard exhibition!

Lighten up.

Directions: John Gerrard
The environmental photographer and installation artist discusses his work in the exhibit.
Why: Digitally manipulated pics of oil derricks and lonely farms make for new landscapes.
When: Thurs., 7 p.m.
Where: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave. SW, at 7th St. (202-633-1000).

U Street Music Hall Opens
Christen the new venue with a performance by Bluebrain to celebrate the release of the band’s latest, Soft Power.
Why: DJs Empath and Molly Siegel spin.
When: Thurs., 9 p.m.
Where: 1115 U St. NW, b/t 11th & 12th Sts. Tickets online at ticketalternative.com.

The Light in the Piazza
Molly Smith directs a chamber music version of the beloved musical.
Why: So many awards, so little time.
When: Thru Apr. 11.
Where: Arena Stage in Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington (202-488-3300). Tickets online at arenastage.org.

Dickson Wine Bar
The new bar pours biodynamic wines and organic spirits and serves food by Marvin’s James Claudio.
Why: The cozy space has big ideas, communal wood tables, and a warm atmosphere.
When: Sun.-Thurs., 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; Fri. & Sat., 6 p.m.-3 a.m.
Where: 903 U St. NW, b/t 9th St. & Vermont Ave. (202-332-1779).

The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel Anniversary Cocktails
Toast its 85th with a Lady GaGa (sparkling wine, cognac, Lillet, lemon juice) or First Lady (vodka, grapefruit juice, Lillet, grenadine) in the Town & Country lounge.
Why: The $5 snacks.
When: Thru Apr. 1. Daily, 5 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, b/t L & M Sts. (202-347-3000).

Art: John Gerrard / Courtesy of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 

throw a party!

It’s a good weekend for an old-fashioned house party. And we have a slew of party planning ideas to help you pull it off.

1115 U St NW
bt 11th & 12th Sts
Washington, DC 20001
Arena Stage in Crystal City
1800 S Bell St
Arlington, VA 22202
Dickson Wine Bar
903 U St NW
bt 9th St & Vermont Ave
Washington, DC 20001
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
bt L & M Sts
Washington, DC 20036
700 Independence Ave SW
@ 7th St
Washington, DC 20560