Sound Excursions describes their carefully curated group experiences as "field trips for adults." It's easy to see why: every outing takes groups to a new realm of Washington, whether it's the frothy shores of Puget Sound, inland forests and mountains, or tables at Seattle's thriving restaurants. The events held at these diverse locations range from culinary workshops on topics such as sushi-making and moonshine-tasting, to adventurous excursions with whitewater rafting or kayaking, to laid-back themed party cruises. For many outings, luxury transportation is provided.
When the Rolling Stones wanted a chorus to sing with them during their last gig on their "50 and Counting" tour, they knew who to call: The Washington Chorus. That unexpected melding of talent is a testament to the group's stellar reputation—the Grammy-winning ensemble is noted for its ability to engage a wide range of audiences. And they've done just that for more than 50 seasons, delighting ears with a repertoire of classical masterpieces and modern compositions. Equally committed to enriching their community, the chorus performs free concerts throughout the greater D.C. area, sponsors a junior choir, and gently corrects anyone who misspells "requiem."
Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, The 2011 Washington Auto Show will feature more than 700 new mobile makes and models. Four-wheel fanatics can pore over concepts, production models, and prototypes from more than 30 manufacturers, including Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. Take some time out from the car catwalk to enjoy a variety of contests, entertainment, and exhibits. Events on February 1 include appearances from the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, as well as auto-themed speed dating to transform emotional Edsels into romantic Alfa Romeos. WWE Superstars Big Show and Randy Orton will make special appearances on February 2 and 3, respectively, while all three days feature a cartoon cavalcade of Playland Mascots such as PBS heroes Clifford the Big Red Dog, WordGirl, and Robert MacNeil's hair. Additionally, visitors can check out the Advanced Technology SuperHighway exhibit, which showcases the latest breakthroughs in automobile sustainability and safety. Photography and video equipment are allowed, and ample food vendors and local restaurants ensure grumbling bellies don't drown out revving engines.
A finalist in the 2003 season of Nashville Star, Grammy-winner Miranda Lambert's lively, heartfelt country rock sets toes a-tapping and eardrums abuzz with catchy Southern tunes. Strumming such well-known country songs as "The House That Built Me," and "Heart Like Mine," Lambert's virtuosic singing and guitar playing lends life to touching ballads and high-energy tunes alike, touching even the most curmudgeonly hearts and compelling weeping willows to wave their tendrils with unabashed excitement. Aural oceans wash over listeners in the Frank Gehry–designed Merriweather Post Pavilion, nestled among 40 acres of forest between Washington and Baltimore. Today's deal lets concertgoers relax with a Bud Light on the lawn, where they can watch the show beneath the open sky or whisper movie endings to clusters of furiously immobile grass stalks.
Aside from oodles of adroit basketry, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, and furniture, there's a full schedule complete with jazz concerts, craftwork demonstrations by some of the show's 120+ master artisans, and a variety of lectures on the history of and importance of craft.
Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color??which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly-named Dye Zone?a polychromatic free-for-all, where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by.
Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, gray, or another neutral color to give the dyes maximum visibility.