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Once a year Mess Hall opens their kitchen to the public and allows you to try some of the best ramens from kitchens around town all under one roof. (Image: Courtesy Mess Hall)
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Weekend Report: Margaritas, Star Wars and ramen -- what else could you need?

Friday, February 22

National Margarita Day: If you've had a WEEK, El Rey will have you saying Friyay in no time with their offerings for this faux holiday. All margaritas will be $7 from noon to 7, $9 from 7 to close and pitchers are $24 from noon to 7 and $32 from 7 to close. Enjoy lime, strawberry or mango frozen versions, or classic, blueberry, strawberry or mango 'ritas on the rocks. Free to attend.

NSO Pops with Star Wars: The National Symphony Orchestra presents John Williams’s iconic Oscar-nominated score from The Force Awakens performed live along with the full feature film. Performance on Saturday as well. Tickets start at $34.

Saturday, February 23

Yoga at the Kennedy Center: Enjoy a free, all-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer as part of the Kennedy Center's Sound Health program connecting the performing arts to mind-body wellness. An instructor from a different local yoga studio leads each session, and this weekend instructor Cory Miller is teaching. Free to attend.

Truffle Making Class: SPAGnVOLA's master chocolatier will guide you through the process of making truffles crafted from cacao hand-picked from a farm in the Dominican Republic and roasted/refined in Maryland. In the two-hour class you'll lean about tempering chocolate and making chocolate ganache. Of course, you'll take home a box of completed truffles as well. Class on Sunday as well. Tickets are $60 for adults, $40 for kids.

Nerds Trivia Night: How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? If these sound like questions you can answer, head to Politics and Prose for three rounds of mind bending trivia. Free to attend.

Lara Downes and Rhiannon Giddens in Concert: Inspired by Georgia O’Keefe’s words, Lara Downes has channeled her prodigious creativity and “luscious, moody, and dreamy” (The New York Times) sound into an intimate program of solo and ensemble works that pays tribute to women composers and poets, past and present. Rhiannon Giddens is her special guest. Tickets are $35.

Barleywine Festival: Mad Fox Brewing Company will be showcasing more than 30 Barleywines at the 9th annual Barleywine Festival. You'll taste a diverse representation of Barleywines, including rare vintages, from breweries such as Devil's Backbone, Old Dominion and Starr Hill. Free to attend.

Sunday, February 24

Ramen World 5: Once a year Mess Hall opens their kitchen to the public and allows you to try some of the best ramens from kitchens all around town under one roof. This year includes slurp-worthy bowls from Bad Saint, Himitsu, Daikaya and more. Tickets start at $75.

The Big Apple Circus: The Circus has rolled into town and it's here to stay, with performances at the National Harbor from February 14 to 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.

NSO Family Concert: As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing draws near, join the NSO for a fun-filled concert of interstellar proportions. Enjoy music from Star Trek, a new NSO Commission from Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Star Trek trilogy, Star Wars: Rogue One, numerous Pixar films), sprach Zarathustra (the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) and more. The concert will feature projections of stunning photos and video, ranging from the International Space Station to the Hubble Space Telescope, examining our planet and beyond. Tickets start at $15.

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