Lead the charge.
What: The Maryland Institute College of Art and Alliance Française present the first stateside tribute to French artists specializing in comics and animated film.
Why: Illustration workshops and digital masterpieces from award-winning computer graphics school Supinfocom.
When: Fri.-Apr. 25. Full schedule online at francedc.org.
Where: MICA, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore (410-669-9200); Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW (202-234-7911). Call for reservations. Admission varies.
Please Leave My Mind
What: Local band Shortstack celebrates the release of its newest rock ’n’ roll album with a show.
Why: The irresistibly twangy bluegrass sounds of tracks one and five.
When: Concert, Fri., 9 p.m. Album drops Apr. 20.
Where: Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW, b/t S & T Sts. (202-667-4490). Tickets ($12) online at ticketalternative.com.
Your Tax Refund
What: Our ideas on how to spend your IRS bonus, whether it was big or small.
Why: Partial yacht ownership, budget spa getaways, and cheap sake (to drown your financial woes).
When: The check arrives.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.
White House Garden Tours
What: For just two days, plebeians can stroll through the Rose Garden, the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, and the South Lawn.
Why: We’ll hold off on the gate-crasher joke.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, 15th St. NW, at E St. NW (202-456-7041). Free tickets available each day at 8 a.m.
Dance Is the Answer: Flash Mobs
What: Learn choreography online for an impromptu public dance event at a prearranged location.
Why: Live out your Mamma Mia fantasy.
When: Thru May 2.
Where: Details online. Participation is free.
Photo: Cyril Pedrosa / Courtesy of Festival Imagé