Things to Do in DC: Saturday, September 6, to Friday, September 12
On this week’s agenda: the Maryland Seafood Festival, a Chinese film festival, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist's tribute to Afrika Bambaataa, lamb meet-and-greets on Old MacDonald’s Farm, and The Fray at the National Zoo. Enjoy yourselves, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in DC.
Annapolis | Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 7
The spirit of Chesapeake Bay inhabits this seaside festival, adding a little extra flavor to the crab cakes, oysters, and local craft beers served throughout. If you're not too full after the corn-on-the-cob-eating contest, check out local art and live music from regional bands including blues act Kelly Bell Band and rockers Bad with Names. (1100 E. College Pkwy., Annapolis, MD; $20; buy tickets here)
National Mall | Through Sunday, September 7
Panel discussions and special events accompany screenings of films from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other Chinese communities across the globe. Our pick? Oscar-nominated The Missing Picture, which plays on Sunday and recounts the search for memories and innocence lost during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror over Cambodia. (1050 Independence Ave. SW; free)
Silver Spring | Monday, September 8
Instrumental hip-hop pioneer DJ Shadow and Jurassic 5 turntablist Cut Chemist dig deep into Afrika Bambaataa’s personal record collection in celebration of Universal Zulu Nation's 40th anniversary. The duo will explore the farthest reaches of the father of electro funk's library, intermingling genres ranging from breakbeat and hip-hop to disco and electro house. (8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD; $21; buy tickets here)
Leesburg | Through September 14
In Old MacDonald's Farm, the StageCoach Theatre Company uses music and laughter to tell the story of a shy lamb who struggles to make friends with other wildlife. The show is part of StageCoach Theatre for Young Audiences, a season of original productions by local playwrights designed to help families connect with the performing arts. (20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln., Leesburg, VA; free)
Woodley Park | Friday, September 12
One night each year, the lions, elephants, and pandas of the National Zoo invite human animals over for a music-filled night of dancing and drinks. This year, Grammy-nominated pop-rockers The Fray will entertain crowds with their hits ''Over My Head (Cable Car),'' ''How to Save a Life,'' and tracks from their latest album, Helios. Friends of the National Zoo will also host animal demonstrations throughout the night. (3001 Connecticut Ave. NW; $55; buy tickets here)
Courtney Ryan is a Chicago-based writer and Derrick Rose fan. She spends almost 100% of her time making or eating popcorn.