Heard on the Hill

Car-free streets and cheese in a box: Your Hill horoscope

What’s happening around D.C. the week of May 13-19

Imagine this scene without any cars. Saturday’s “D.C. Bike Ride” will deliver. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Common sense

Rapper Common takes over the Kennedy Center tonight at 8 p.m. for “an intimate evening that will feature songs, conversations and insights” from his new memoir, “Let Love Have the Last Word.” After launching his career in the 1990s, the Grammy winner from Chicago is now best known for acting, advocacy, beefing with Drake and being in literally ever TV commercial. Tickets range from $45 to $75.

Zootopia

The National Zoo hosts “ZooFari: Bite Night,” its annual fundraiser, on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Expect food from dozens of D.C. restaurants (including Pinstripes, Radiator and Rocklands Barbeque), regional beers and wines, live entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $175 for members (Friends of the National Zoo) and $225 for non-members. Meanwhile, VIP packages run up to $10,000 if you’re feelin’ baller.

DJ Jazzy George

For $48 you can sample 20 Virginia wines while listening to live jazz and touring the mansion of our nation’s first president, George Washington. The Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour at Mt. Vernon runs Friday through Sunday and features George and Martha Washington impersonators. (Check the teeth for authenticity.) For $31 more, they’ll throw in a fruit and cheese box.

“Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Green?”

For slightly cheaper (i.e., free) fare, try the Hirshhorn. Starting Thursday at lunchtime, the museum will feature the work of contemporary Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija — including a communal dining space where visitors can share a meal of curry.

Ridin’ dirty

If your fantasy involves completely car-free roads, make time for the D.C. Bike Ride, which kicks off this Saturday at 8 a.m. Registration is $70 if you bring your own bike ($82 for a rental). The 20-mile course takes you past the National Mall and ends with live music, activities, and food and drink.

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