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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 02/25/2011

Weekend Update: India to the max

By Alex Baldinger

It took the organizers of the Maximum India festival eight trips to India, each time crossing 7,800 miles, to scout the dancers, artists, cooks and other performers they thought best represented the country's 1.17 billion nationals. That's 62,400 frequent-flier miles.

But you need only journey as far as the Kennedy Center, where from March 1-20, you can explore every cultural inch of Earth's second-most populous country. Says the Kennedy Center's Gilda Almeida: "It is one country, but it is like 50 countries."

Get a sneak peek of the festival with our video, featuring the chef who's transforming the Kennedy Center's eateries, and a photo gallery of the 10 top stops.

Here's the rest of what's inside today's Weekend section:

Our picks for the weekend's top events, including a chance to see all 10 Best Picture nominees in a 24-hour span; comedy by Fred Armisen, Jon Lovitz and Michael Showalter; music by proto-punk troubadour Jonathan Richman and a screening of the Fugazi documentary "Instrument."

• Where are you planning to watch the Oscars? A look at some of the area's viewing parties.

• When it comes to writing memorable film theme songs, there's Randy Newman, and there's everyone else.

• Looking for a lunch break downtown? Try Scion, home to one of the city's best burgers.

• You wouldn't easily forget art by a creator named Blinky Palermo, but it's unlikely you've seen the German post-war painters works up-close before. That changes at the Hirshhorn.

• If you're sick of Oscar nominees, new films opening this weekend include "Even the Rain," starring Gael Garcia Bernal in a bold meditation on art and politics; and "Hall Pass," in which Jason Sudeikis and Owen Wilson make a mess of things in the latest comedy by the Farrelly brothers.

• Finally, need an escape? Make haste for Peaks of Otter Winery and Orchards.

By Alex Baldinger  | February 25, 2011; 7:00 AM ET
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