Friday, February 26, 2010

Looking for something Italian to do this weekend? Look no further, we've got just the fix:

FRIDAY, FEB 26: Tonight take a relaxing drive out to Abingdon, Maryland to mangia and listen to tenor Elio Scacio at Primavera Restaurant. Elio Scacio Friday and Sat 26-27, 7-9. Primavera Restaurant, 3920 Pulaski Highway, Abingdon, Maryland. Reservations required 410-612-2740.

SATURDAY, FEB 27: Check out the Del Ray Farmers Market and grab some homemade pasta prepared fresh daily by owner Nancy Polo Pritchard of Smithmeadow Farms before your evening at the theatre for high-energy commedia dell'arte"The Great One-Man Commedia Epic" at the Sydney Harmon Hall. De Ray Farmers Market, Corner of East Oxford and Mt. Vernon Ave., Sat. 9-noon, Free. The Great One-Man Commedia Epic through Monday. Sydney Harmon Hall, 610 F St., NW (Metro: Gallery Place) 202-547-1122. $20, $10 under 12.

Early bird gets mass in Italian and a cappuccino. Bravissimo e buonissimo! Start off Sunday with Mass at 10:30 a.m. (in Italian) at Penn Quarter's Holy Rosary Church (HRC) followed by Italian conversation, cappuccino and pastries at HRC's cultural center Casa Italiana, then stay and watch the screening of documentary Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread) followed by a roundtable discussion about Italian Immigration: Yesterday, today and tomorrow. If your more in the mood for love, catch a matinee of the Orlando Consort performing Amore: Love and Marriage in the Italian Rennaisance at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. OR, stay in the city to taste award-winning Barolo and Barberesco vintages at Cork Wine Bar. But be sure to make a reservation YESTERDAY! Holy Rosary Church, 395 3rd St, NW (Metro: Judiciary Square). Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland. University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-1625. 3 pm. $37, $9 students. Tickets call 301-405-ARTS. Cork Wine Bar, 1805 14St., Washington, D.C. 202-265-2675. RSVP at

Buon divertimento, buon appetito, salute e buon weekend!!

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