El Centro D.F.'s (1819 14th St. NW) Tamale Festival is upon us, which means an endless supply of authentic masa stuffed with the most delicious ingredients. This traditional Mesoamerican dish traces all the way back to the Mayans, who served it at feasts.
Chef Richard Sandoval has prepared a number of stand-out dishes, including the chile relleno de tamal durango, the tamal de pescado a la campeche and the vegetarian tamal de frijol con queso. We also personally recommend the pork tamal estilo oaxaca with creamy plantain rice (that creamy rice is de-lish!).
The festival kicks off this weekend and runs through March 31, and is the first of the restaurant's new quarterly festivals. For more information on prices, specials and El Centro's other upcoming events, visit richardsandoval.com/elcentrodf.
Sundays at Millennium Stage are our favorite since work usually keeps us away during the week -- and who doesn't love an amazing free show? And this weekend in particular, we couldn't be more excited. Listen Local First DC is presenting the D.C.-based band Shark Week for the 6 p.m. performance.
Though the rock 'n' roll quartet only formed in 2011, Shark Week has quickly risen in the ranks to the top of the local music scene, just being awarded the Deli magazine's Best Emerging DC Area Artist of 2012. The band blends garage-rock, psychedelia, blues and a touch of surf, all with a punk-rock attitude.
For a full listing of the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (2700 F St. NW) daily performances, visit kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium.
At 2 p.m., the National Gallery of Art and a panel of leading art experts seeks to answer some important questions about the current status of art and, specifically, the socially cooperative art movement.
In "Social Art, Social Cooperation," the panel -- made up of artists Tania Bruguera and Mierle Laderman Ukeles and Queens Museum of Art Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl -- will talk about issues such as: Where does art end and social action begin? Who is the author, and what are the usage rights of a cooperative project? They will take a look at how art can intersect with life and how artists are reimagining this intersection in the new avant-garde of participatory, activist, community-inclusive art.
The free event will take place in the East Building Auditorium. A book signing will follow of Finkelpearl's "What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation."