Kids, there’s Katsucon and Game Nights Galore. Also, the National Archives is throwing a magnificently period event for the Magna Carta exhibit, not to mention a Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Dinner Party thrown by Labyrinth, just in time to laissez les bon temps roulez!
What: Mardi Gras Jazz and Board Games Special
Where: Kogod Courtyard, American Art Museum, 8th and F St NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Chinatown/Gallery Place, Red Line
How Much: Free
Pro Tip: Whether he’s tickling the ivories or pumping his accordion, Little Red (Tom Corradino) creates a party atmosphere with his classic Louisiana sound. He is accompanied by Carol Arthur on steel pans, Dave Petersen on bass, Jon Danforth on drums, and Harry and Allen Rado on guitar.
Relax and Take 5! with free, live jazz in a cool, contemporary space. Stop by the Courtyard Café for refreshments. For added fun, borrow a board game to play during the concert!
The January and February performances will feature printmaking demonstrations by artists from George Mason University in conjunction with the exhibition Multiplicity.
When: Today ’til Sunday, 17th-19th
Where: National Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, MD
Metro: Metro to Branch Ave, Green Line
How Much: $65 for the entire weekend, $25 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday
Pro Tip: Come ready to amaze or be amazed. No middle ground.
What: Games Evening or Spieleaband at the Goethe-Institut
Where: Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St NW, Washington DC
Metro: Chinatown/Gallery Pl, Red Line
How Much: $6
Pro Tip: The crackers ‘n cheese are delicious, and the company is superb. How can you not appreciate a culture that gave us Settlers of Catan and Agricola?!
What: Magna Carta Celebration
Where: Exhibit Level and William G. McGowan Theater, The National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Archives/Penn Quarter/Navy Memorial, Green/Yellow Lines
How Much: Free
Pro Tip: Sorry, not the Korean RPG video game. The other Magna Carta.
Listen to 13th-century music performed by Consort Anon, or write a royal proclamation just like King Edward I. Watch The Revenge of Robin Hood, an episode of the 1960s sci-fi television series The Time Tunnel, or try your hand at making a pin wheel, rolling candles, or playing Queek, a game played by 13th-century children.
What: Hellmouth Happy Hour
Where: Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC
Metro: U Street/African American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo, Yellow/Green Lines
How Much: Free
Pro Tip: Find some fellow Whedonites at this weekly happy hour, then convince the Black Cat peeps to show us some Firefly and Serenity, too. This week’s episode is Bad Girls
What: Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Party
Where: The Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC
Metro: Eastern Market, Blue/Orange Line
How Much: $20
Pro Tip: It’s all about committing. Become an actor, detective, bystander, murder suspect, and lynch mob of one, all in one night. How’s that southern accent of yours?
The annual Krewe of Midas Masquerade Ball at the Hill Center will be the highlight of D.C’s Mardi Gras celebration. During the festivities, Senator Pierre DuPre, King of the Krewe of Midas, is found strangled with a set of antique Mardi Gras beads! The time has come for all the party revelers to uncover the truth about his demise!
This will be a “mix & mingle” event, with all attendees receiving “characters” and clues to share with other attendees. Festive carnival garb is encouraged! $50 Labyrinth gift certificates will be awarded for “Best Actor” and “Best Detective.”