The Washington Post
Noteworthy events over the next few weeks
March 18-June 3 ‘Urinetown’
There’s a lot more than just toilet humor going on in “Urinetown,” the Tony Award-winning musical comedy that sends up topics from late-stage capitalism to government bureaucracy to the entire concept of a musical. See it throughout the spring at Workhouse Arts Center, the visual and performing arts campus in Lorton, which is staging this zippy show about an apocalyptic world where private toilets are banned and city dwellers must pay a fee just to use the bathroom. Various times and dates. Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. workhousearts.org. $20-$35.
March 19 DC Spring Record Fair
Dig through crates from more than 40 vinyl vendors hailing from all over the East Coast at the spring edition of the DC Record Fair, held at hip downtown hotel Eaton DC. There’s no cost for music fans to come check out LPS and singles from a wide variety of genres. Meanwhile, Eaton Radio, the hotel’s in-house radio station, is putting together a lineup of local DJS to spin throughout the day. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eaton DC, 1201 K St. NW. eatonworkshop.com. Free.
March 20-31 Spring Wine Fling
Winter and summer each have Restaurant Week with dining-out specials, but there’s a deal to be had in spring, too: In the second half of March, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is inviting D.C. chefs to create two-course dinner menus that incorporate special wine pairings. As part of Spring Wine Fling, you’ll get an appetizer, entree and two wine pairings for $55 at restaurants across town, including Spice Kraft Indian Bistro, RPM Italian and Quattro Osteria. wineflingdc.com. $55 for a prix fixe dinner menu.
April 1 ‘Jazzed About Art: Jazz Appreciation Month’
The National Museum of American History first designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month back in 2001, and the annual celebrations kick off with a concert by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. The program by the museum’s orchestra-in-residence, held at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, brings in a visual component as well: Works by 20th-century artists, including William Sharp, John Fenton and Romare Bearden, will flash on a screen as the big band plays swingin’ tunes by Dizzy Gillespie, Sun Ra, Mckinney’s Cotton Pickers and other artists. 7 to 9 p.m. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. smithsonianassociates.org. $20$25.
April 1 and 8 Lee-fendall House Easter Egg Hunt
This Old Town Easter egg hunt is BYOB, as in bring your own basket: Kids will search for eggs among the flowers in bloom in the garden at the historic Lee-fendall House, located a few blocks from the waterfront. The Easter Bunny will also be in attendance for photo ops, and there will be crafts and games to play. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with one-hour slots. Lee-fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. leefendallhouse.org. $15 per child ages 2 to 12; $5 for accompanying adults. Children younger than 2 enter free.