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The Circus has rolled into town and it's here to stay, with performances at the National Harbor through March 24. (Image: Jai Williams)
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Weekend Report: 9 events to spice up this cold weekend

Friday, March 8

Beatbox Vol 1: Little Sesame is hosting a celebratory dance party taking place at The Sunroom, where guests will dance the night away to music from from local Afropop artist Elikeh followed by Brooklyn-based DJ Center’s global musical set. Little Sesame signature items will be served out of their retro food truck (priced a la carte) and guests can also enjoy a selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Tickets are $15.

PUBlin Pop-Up: This Irish-themed pop-up bar features whiskey-based drinks and a giant photo booth. The pub will be open every day of the week and is adjacent to the cherry blossom bars. Free to attend.

Women in the Arts Pop-Up: Celebrate International Women’s Day and Female Artists and Entrepreneurs changing the world with four hours of art, music, shopping, cocktails at L2 lounge in Georgetown. Free to attend.

Opening of "Rise Up": The Newseum is opening a groundbreaking exhibit, “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement,” which explores the modern gay rights movement and marks the 50th anniversary of a June 1969 raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. All weekend long, two kids (under 18) can get in for free with the purchase of one adult ticket. Tickets are $25.

Saturday, March 9

The Big Apple Circus: The Circus has rolled into town and it's here to stay, with performances at the National Harbor through March 24. But before you get images of elephants and red-nosed clowns in your head, the Big Apple Circus is not the circus of yesteryear. Enjoy breathtaking acts like The Flying Tunizianis on the trapeze, the Spicy Circus trampoline act, and animal trainer Jenny Vidbel, who only works with rescue dogs and rescue horses -- no wild animals. Tickets start at $15.

"Into the Woods": In Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch's curse in hopes of having a child of their own. The couple’s quest takes them into the woods, where they encounter Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim's lush Tony-winning score and James Lapine's Tony-winning book conjure a world where "giants can be good and witches can be right." Tickets start at $28.

Sunday, March 10

Rock Like a Girl: Black Girls Rock and The Kennedy Center present "Rock Like a Girl", a concert celebration of Black women’s contributions to the arts with special performances by twelve-time Grammy-nominee Jazmine Sullivan and Mumu Fresh. The concert will be hosted by by Angie Ang and feature DJ Quiana Parks; Be’la Dona with Elle Varner, Leela James, Rapsody, and Nonchalant. Tickets are $59.

Time After Time: Come on out and celebrate Daylight Savings Time as Kaylee Dugan and Brandon Wetherbee play songs with time in the title. They'll give away time related prizes, such as hourglasses and watches. Free to attend.

Profs & Pints: Profs and Pints presents: “Centuries of Financial Scandal,” with Trevor Jackson, assistant professor of economic history at George Washington University. Learn from a professor of economic history the secret history of financial scandal, from the South Sea Bubble of 1720 to the LIBOR scandal of 2012. Tickets are $12.

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