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Take a walk on the wild side during the final Evenings at the Edge of the spring season. (Image: Courtesy NGA)
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Weekend Report: 9 events to celebrate Mother's Day weekend

Thursday, May 9

Evenings at the Edge: Take a walk on the wild side during the final Evenings at the Edge of the spring season. Talks, activities, and performances are inspired by the upcoming exhibition The Life of Animals in Japanese Art. Expand your linguistic repertoire with Speed Japanese lessons and haiku in the East Building galleries, explore how animals have captivated artists throughout history and across cultures, and celebrate Japanese culture with a taiko drumming performance and hands-on origami and calligraphy. Free to attend.

Keepin the Funk Alive: Funk Parade, happening Saturday, is D.C.'s largest all day celebration of music dance and culture taking place along the historic U Street Corridor. The festival is made up of the mighty Funk Parade itself that winds through the neighborhood and over 30 stages throughout the neighborhood hosting musical performances all day. If you can't make it out on Saturday, or just want a preview, stop by the Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center for a preview performance. Free to attend.

Friday, May 10

BYT & Nat Geo Present Queens of Egypt: Are you ready for a regal, all-access, after-hours party at the National Geographic Museum? Of course you are! Travel back in time with National Geographic to visit ancient Egypt, one of the world’s greatest civilizations, and get to know some of its lesser-known leaders—Egypt’s mighty queens. Enjoy a live drum & DJ set from Madame Gandhi, take in a local drag performance, or nerd out with lightning talks from Nat Geo explorers. As always, there isn't a dress code, but staying on theme is recommended. Tickets are $60.

Saturday, May 11

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 Atticus Mooney is teaching. Free to attend.

Funk Parade: Come celebrate the "spirit of fun that brings us all together" with a parade and music festival celebrating D.C.'s vibrant music and arts scene in the U Street neighborhood. Enjy a lineup of more than 30 performers including The Chuck Brown Band, Michelle Blackwell, YahZarah & Wes Felton. Tickets are donation based.

European Union Embassy Open House: The Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the Embassies of the EU Member States to the United States will open their doors to the public, offering a rare look inside the embassies. Learn about each of the 28 countries participating and experience cultural heritage and national traditions. Free to attend.

Sunday, May 12

Mother's Day Brunch: If your mom lives nearby and you have not yet made plans with her, do not pass go, do not collect $200 until you make a plan, Stan! For you last minute procrastinators, we did the hard work foryou and rounded up spots sure to impress that still have reservations. You're welcome!

Mercado DC: Enjoy a a diverse variety of dishes, featuring Latin American and Spanish flavors, from street vendors. Of course there will also be an electrifying Latin DJ, and a live Latin band.Tickets are $12.

Bridesmaids Dress Brunch: If you are looking for a reason to wear one of those god awful bridesmaids dresses you have hanging in your closet again, throw it on and grab your gal pals for 1/2 priced bottomless brunch cocktails at Penn Commons.


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