Weekly Wanderings [03.27.17]

As huge fans of gin, we’re excited to say that the Gin Festival is kicking off Saturday, April 1st! You can get tickets here. And, although the festival itself is only one day, it is an impetus for bars and restaurants all over the district to feature new gin drinks.

The nice weather is a wonderful excuse to go out on the mall and explore all the different Smithsonian museums. However, if you’ve been waiting for spring to visit the African American History museum, you might be out of luck. The Washington Post is reporting that the crazy lines will not only continue, the coming weeks of warm will only further induce these lines. Our advice? Get down there ASAP, and wait a bit. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait a few weeks until the Spring tourism rush dies down.

Bummed you couldn’t get tickets to Infinity Mirrors? Never fear – the National Gallery of Art has your back! Check out their featured light sculpture tunnel, ‘Multiverse’. Although Multiverse is not a new installation, it can give you the light & mirror experience you crave.

Speaking of art, there are some exhibitions closing in Renwick through the spring that you might want to check out before they’re gone. For example, Gene Davis’ exhibit ‘Hot Beat’, a prominent color field painter of the 60s and 70s.

DC Improv’s serving Happy Hour with a twist (and a laugh). Get free admission to the comedy club starting on March 30th in the lounge at 7pm for Happy Hour Trivia. Doors open at 6:30!

Although the Freer Gallery remains closed until October 2017 for renovations, the Sackler Gallery is still open! Check out a (free) guided tour of the museum on April 1st, at 12:15 pm. More about the tour can be found here. We’d suggest visiting sooner, rather than later, as Spring tourist season looms before us!

The Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens is hosting an evening of ‘Friends and Fashion’ on March 30th. After a brief overview of the exhibition, Dr. Anton Fedyashin will explore the historical and political context of American-Russian relations during Henry Middleton’s post as American Minister to Russia in the 1820s and 30s. You can learn more about the event here.