Spotlight on the weekend, May 10 & 11

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BANJO LICKS

Grammy Award-winning artist Bela Fleck is wicked talented at the banjo. He's literally known as one of the world's most innovative and proficient banjo players and he's played with artists such as the group Blue Grass Revival and its talented mandolin player, Sam Bush. He eventually formed Bela Fleck and the Flecktones in 1988 -- a band he still continues to play with.

What's so impressive about his repertoire is that he has been nominated in more Grammy categories than anyone in history. (Hard to compete with that!) He'll be bringing his band to Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda) on Friday at 8 p.m. Head to strathmore.org to get your tickets.

EUROPEAN WEEKEND

The annual Passport DC month of international cultural programming kicked off last weekend with the always-crowded "Around the World" embassy tours. But for a little less of a crowd (we hope!), we recommend you take a "Shortcut to Europe" this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the EU Open House. The event features 27 embassies of European Union nations (and incoming member Croatia) highlighting each country's culture.

Also on Saturday, after the embassy tours, we're excited for Transformer's (1404 P St. NW) opening of Terminators, the gallery's joint exhibition with Oslo-based arts collective NoPlace. And, winding down the weekend on Sunday is the FLOW park jam to kick off the Alliance Francaise's Urban Corps hip-hop festival. The free jam in Garfield Park (800 Third St. SE) will feature live painting, skate-boarding, dance, Capoeria, parkour, music and more.

More information is available at francedc.org.

PUBLIC GARDENS

We're happy to announce that Friday is National Public Gardens Day, and to celebrate, we're bringing you an event that'll get you and your kids outside for the day -- that is, if it's not raining! The Smithsonian is hosting Earth Matters to Smithsonian Gardens -- Garden Fest 2013! from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. You'll get to spend the afternoon in Enid A. Haupt Garden (12th Street and Independence Avenue SW) adding to a land-art installation, planting in the garden, making a seed bomb, partaking in a composting workshop, and watching tap dancing demonstrations (though we're not quite sure what tap dancing has to do with the earth). Of course there will be plenty of good food, drinks and live music.

To see the full schedule of events, visit gardens.si.edu.

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