The 26 best things to do in D.C. this weekend and next week

This weekend, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Ireland at the Wharf, Annapolis’s parade or, yes, a bar crawl. Nowruz, the Iranian new year, is marked with a food and artisan market, and Duke Ellington’s 125th birthday bash at the Kennedy Center includes performances for adults and for kids. There are also specials for Pi Day, a tango festival and a chance to learn about the April 8 solar eclipse.

Thursday, March 14

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Pi Day specials

This Pi Day (March 14 … 3.14 … get it?) is serving specials from area restaurants. Pizza Paradiso offers $3.14 off a large pie — or, if you really know your stuff, recite the first 31 numbers of pi from memory and get your pizza free. The deals are available all day at all four locations. Pie Shop is selling select sweet pies at $3.14 between 3:14 and 6 p.m. Plus, the first three people to recite the first 24 pi digits get $50 gift cards. D.C.-based pizza brand &Pizza is honoring the day with a deal for loyalty app members ($3.14 pizzas starting at 3:14 p.m.) and a promotion for those redefining “pizza lovers”: a “Pi Do” ceremony at its H Street location, where five couples will get free nuptials and vow renewal ceremonies.

National Gallery Nights: ‘Color Theory’

The first after-hours event of the spring season is coming up at the National Gallery of Art, and National Gallery Nights have become so popular that free tickets are passed out via online lottery. That window is closed, but there are additional passes at the door on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:30 p.m. The “Color Theory” theme is inspired by the museum’s current exhibition, “Mark Rothko: Paintings on Paper,” and you’ll be able to drop in on color-themed pop-up talks; make your own work of art; go on a color wheel scavenger hunt looking for works by female artists; and listen to colorful performances from Hot Club of Baltimore, DJ Lady Lavender and DJ Underdog while sipping a drink from the bar. Needless to say, a color-blocked dress code is encouraged. 6 p.m. Free.

Boston Brass and the U.S. Air Force Band at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center

The Air Force band’s guest concert series continues with a performance from Boston Brass at the Northern Virginia Community College venue. The brass-centric show includes a diverse program from the quintet and military ensemble. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; registration required.

Art in Bloom at the Anderson House

Back for a fourth year, Art in Bloom fills the Anderson House with dozen of floral arrangements inspired by the mansion’s art and architecture. Throughout four days, find the installations scattered throughout the house, museum tours from docents and access to the garden, which is not usually open to the public. Demo and lecture sessions throughout the event focus on medicinal uses of florals and hanakubari, a type of contemporary Japanese flower arrangement. Thursday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15-$18.

An evening with William H. Macy and screening of ‘Fargo’ at Warner Theatre

Actor William H. Macy’s long Hollywood career includes 11 seasons as the star of the TV show “Shameless” and a turn in an upcoming “Planet of the Apes” sequel. But his best-known role is hapless car-salesman-turned-kidnapper Jerry Lundegaard in the Coen brothers’ classic Minnesota crime drama “Fargo.” Macy visits D.C. to share behind-the-scenes tidbits about the role that earned him an Oscar nomination, paired with a screening of the film at the Warner Theatre. If you’re a really huge fan of “Fargo” and/or Macy, pricey VIP tickets include great seats for the screening and a meet-and-greet with the actor. 7 p.m. $36-$105.

Pi Day Comedy Show at Comedy Loft of DC

The Comedy Loft of DC is using Pi Day as an opportunity to devote a stand-up comedy show to math, science and more. The lineup includes more than comedians — there are also scientists and science communicators, local and from New York City. Note that there’s a two-item minimum per person (which can be any combination of food or beverages). 7:30 p.m. $15.

Mary Timony at the Black Cat

For years, Mary Timony’s exquisite rock songs have followed intertwining paths between neo-medieval balladeering and glammy guitar heroics. She combined both modes to great acclaim in the ’90s indie rock band Helium. Then she skewed toward more delicate, ancient melodies on a pair of solo albums from the early aughties that still sound ahead of their time. After that, Timony turned her amp up to 11 in the bands Wild Flag, Ex Hex and Hammered Hulls. And now this great Washingtonian is making music on her own again with a new solo album, “Untame the Tiger.” 7:30 p.m. $20-$22.


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