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by Prince Of Petworth July 20, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Puppies, museum visits, and arcade games (did we mention puppies??).

Photo by Rudi Riet

FRIDAY, JULY 20

WASTIN’ AWAY AGAIN…Calling all parrot heads: It’s Margaritaville Night at Nats Park. Show up to partake in the pregame festivities before the Nats take on the Atlanta Braves. You’ll get to rock out to some Buffet tunes, wear a festive t-shirt, and probably drink one too many blended drinks.

FEELIN’ ARTY…Head to the National Museum of Women in the Arts to see its new exhibit, Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career, which opens today. Krystyna Wasserman curated the museum’s collection of 1,000 artists’ books over 30 years, and the lineup is striking: Featuring books made of sheet music, semi-precious stones, linen, wood, and more, it’ll make you rethink your notion of books.

JAZZ HANDS…As part of the Kennedy Center’s District of Comedy festival, come see Baby Wants Candy, an improvised musical complete with a full band. It’s pretty much as it sounds: The crew takes an audience suggestion at the beginning of the show, then embarks on a full-fledged musical right on the spot, complete with dancing, musical numbers, and lots of laughs.

ANDAugust Alsina at Howard TheatreJanelle Monae at the AnthemTwo-spirits belong hereGet emoEat, drink, and listen to music at the Freer|Sackler...Sound bathe and meditateListen to tunes and taste beer at the American Art MuseumA Marine Corps paradeHow baseball forged a bond between the U.S. and JapanChris Gethard at Ken CenAn Emoji art show (yes, it’s a thing)(more…)

by Prince Of Petworth July 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

What To Do This Week in D.C. (7/16 – 7/19)

This is Spinal Tap, Burners, and zoo animals.

Photo by Tim Brown

MONDAY, JULY 16

OH SAY CAN YOU SEE…Historian Marc Ferris will be in the house to discuss all things Star-Spangled Banner. Did you know that it has British roots? Or that it was adapted from a song with much dirtier origins? Or that Congress took over 100 years to declare it as our National Anthem? Dive into the history behind the song while Ferris breaks up his talk by performing other variations of the song.

‘CUE IT UP….No need to fire up the grills. It’s BBQ & Grilling Week in the city through Sunday, which means a bunch of restaurants will be offering prix fixe menus that are all about grilled and smoky dishes. For $11, $22, or $33, you can head to spot slike Osteria Morini, Right Proper, or Slate Wine Bar for all things BBQ.

AND…The Magic Numbers at Union StageBasball’s past and futureLearn to break through your fearsChocolate City in the 80s Talk: Part TwoA rooftop dinner at Timber Pizza CoA talk on movie ratings(more…)

by Prince Of Petworth July 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Baseball, baseball, and more baseball…oh, and free ice cream.

Photo by Eric Sidle

FRIDAY, JULY 13

I SCREAM, U SCREAM…It’s the most magical time of the year…National Ice Cream Day. In honor of the holiday, Union Market will host its annual D.C. Scoops shindig. You can listen to live music and enjoy the market’s outdoor space while purchasing a cone from the likes of Dolcezza or Ice Cream Jubilee. Or, better yet, grab a free scoop and load it up with pick your own toppings–that’s right, it’s free. This is not a drill.

AFTER-HOURS ART…Brightest Young Things will give you after-hours access to the new American Art Museum exhibit, Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen, at its party tonight. Paglen’s photos and installations are part concept art, part activism, and you can take them in while enjoying an open bar featuring drinks by the folks at Service Bar, Archipelago, and Bar Deco, to name a few. There will also be DJs, a photobooth, a scavenger hunt, a caricature artist, and lots of PBR.

SUMMER FRIDAY…Over at the Freer|Sackler Galleries, you can kick off the first of its summer Fridays celebrations tonight. Head over for Hong Kong-style food by Tiger Fork, fusion cuisine by ChiKo, Asian-inspired desserts by Ruby Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets, and cocktails by Please Bring Chips. There’ll also be traditional music by way of West Bengal, India, a screening of the Hong Kong action movie Shock Wave, and gallery tours.

HBD 2 U…A very happy birthday to D.C. Bike Party! The meet-and-ride group is celebrating its sixth year with an epic cycle session. Decorate yourself (and your bike) with balloons and streamers, glitter, birthday hats–you name it–and meet the group at Dupont Circle to start your journey. After, everyone will meet to keep the party going at Wunder Garten.

PLAY BALL…Today kicks off the MLB All Star Week at Nats Park. While the big game is on Tuesday, there’s plenty to do ahead of time. Events that highlight the intersection of art, fashion, music, and baseball will run all weekend, as will plenty of interactive games, activities, and panel discussions. Tonight, stop by for the Armed Services softball tournament, then check back in for a Color Run 5k on Saturday and the All Star Futures Game and Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday.

ANDImprov groups come together for one big showA prom night that’s pro-choiceChat yoga and periodsWhite Ford Bronco at the BullpenA chat about the new bougie foods of Northeastern ballparksGet your 2000s dance party onTodd Terry with Kundalini at U Street Music HallThe premiere of Dave at Arena Stage(more…)

by Prince Of Petworth July 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Yellow Submarine, the World Cup, and a Jane Austen film fest.

Photo by Ted Eytan

MONDAY, JULY 9

LISTEN AND LEARN…Tonight at the Shaw library, Dr. Natalie Hopkinson, an assistant professor at Howard, will give part one of her seminar Chocolate City in the 80s: Music, Drugs, and Lies. The lecture looks at the days of Marion Barry and the War on Drugs and flips the typical narrative, and the second lecture July 16 will discuss African-American power and creative control during the same era.

WE ALL LIVE IN A…It’s the 50th anniversary of the classic movie Yellow Submarine, which is an fantastical animated version of the Beatles’ music. The movie was a hit when it came out, and it features Beatles’ tunes performed in an underwater land protected by the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Come celebrate the anniversary by watching (and singing along to) the film tonight.

AND…Listen to some accordion jammingAuthor Rae DelBianco speaks at Politics and ProseLearn how to grassroots organizeDrink brandy at BarminiHow can documentary filmmakers change policy?Author Dan Fesperman gives a talk at the Spy MuseumDrink cocktails, belt showtunesParty on Pearl Street at the WharfThe Octopus Project at Union Stage(more…)

by Prince Of Petworth July 6, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Cats, cupcakes, and the Clash.


Photo by Jessica Simpson

FRIDAY, JULY 6

ROCK THE CASBAH…Calling all fans of The Clash–authors Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki will be at Politics and Prose to discuss their book on the punk rock group. The comprehensive history looks at the way the London group shaped the formation of punk, and draws on extensive interviews with the band members and their crew. Come learn the ins-and-outs of the group Rolling Stone dubbed part of its best 100 bands of all time.

AN ODE TO CITIES…Living in the DMV, we all know about cities–how they can be both personal and intimate, isolating and claustrophobic. Three Korean artists examine the ever-evolving nature of cities in the art exhibit City, Unfamiliar Landscape, opening today at the Korean Cultural Center. Come meet the artists at the reception and check out their pieces while mingline over drinks and Korean treats.

LET’S GET FIZZY…If you’re gluten-free or just prefer a good cider over a beer, this is for you. The Smithsonian Associates are hosting a discussion on Apfelwein, which is the traditional German cider that is seeing a resurgence today with the drink’s growing popularity. A German cider-maker, a cider importer, and two cider journalists (that’s a thing) will talk about the drink and its history before you sit down to a tasting of German ciders.

AND…Silent discoSam Morrow at SongbyrdPusha T at EchostageArmenian folk dancingFree concert at Yards ParkCatch some improv comedyHave the kids spend the night spy-styleSip on wines from Washington stateLearn to swing danceA block party in ChinatownA night at the Croatian embassyFish (for free) on the Anacostia

Photograph by Victoria Pickering

SATURDAY, JULY 7

THE THEATAH….The Capital Fringe theater festival kicks off today, and it’s pretty much as it sounds–a space for experimental, fringe performance art of all sorts. Through July 29, you can see a variety of interesting and thought-provoking performances at a bunch of different venues. Whether it’s a performance based on a Nigerian folktale or an abstract piece about feral triplets, there’s pretty much everything here. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 29, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Ben Folds, baseball, and Belize.

Photograph by Lorie Shaull

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

PLAY BALL…The exhibit Baseball Americana opens at the Library of Congress today. It’s as it sounds–a deep dive in America’s pastime, with documents outlining its earliest set of rules, old photos (like those of Civil War soldiers playing the sport), extensive baseball card collections, and broadcasts of the greats like Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson.

FAMOUS FACES…You can keep celebrating the National Portrait Gallery’s 50th anniversary at its one-room exhibit One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey, which opens today. The collection looks at the year the museum opened, with 30 portraits of famous faces of the time like Bobby Kennedy, Jimi Hendrix, the Apollo 8 astronauts, and MLK, Jr.

FOLDS, BEN FOLDS…The quirky, funny, and talented musician Ben Folds is hosting Declassified tonight at the Kennedy Center, which is described as “part concert, part party.” The line-up is totally curated by Folds, and tonight will see tunes from the likes of Jon Batiste of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and singer-songwriter Kishi Bashi. Stick around–there’s live band karaoke afterwards.

YOU BETTER BELIZE IT…Party Belize-style tonight at the country’s embassy. It’ll pull out all the stops to represent the best of the Central American nation: a full Belizean buffet, an open bar with local rum, facetime with the ambassador, authentic music, and Belizean art. Almost like a mini-vacation, no?

A FAREWELL TO TOWN…It is iconic gay nightclub Town’s last weekend in the District, and it’s doin’ it up big. Stop by tonight for the final Bear Happy Hour before a drag show and DJ sets kick off. The big closing party is Saturday night, though, with another drag show with music by the club’s owner. As they say, it’s not goodbye–just see you later. Good luck battling the lines out front! (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 25, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Tons of art, a little cornhole, and all the greens.

Photo by Flickr user Mr.TinDC

MONDAY, JUNE 25

GREENZ, PLZ…Salad for President is a site and social media platform that is all about the leafy greens, whether it be recipes, cooking tips, or just really great photos of delicious looking salads (seriously–look at the Instagram page!). Its creator, Julia Sherman, is the creative director of Chopt, and she’ll be in D.C. tonight to chat with the ladies from pineapple D.C. Come learn how to make your own Insta-worthy salad while dining on some greens and sipping wine.

ART TALK…Spanish sculptor Bianca Muñoz will have her work on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts as part of an exhibit later this week. But tonight, you can catch her talking about it. Muñoz will be in conversation with the museum’s assistant curator and a member of the Madrid art world to talk about international art and the female sculptor world in Spain. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 22, 2018 at 12:40 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Bike polo, Nordic jazz, and a ton of BBQ.

Photo by Mr.TinDC

FRIDAY, JUNE 22

BIKE-O, POLO….You never knew you wanted to learn how to play bike polo, but now you can. It’s basically as it sounds–polo, except swapping out the horses for bikes. Come to the workshop to learn the basics, such as the rules, how to hold a mallet, and how to ride the bike like a real polo-player. They’ll provide all the equipment, so just show up ready to ride.

COME TO MY WINDOW…Blues-y rocker Melissa Etheridge will be in town tonight and tomorrow to perform at the Kennedy Center. As part of its NSO Pops lineup, the singer will belt it out while accompanied by the center’s orchestra. Come hear the Grammy-winning songwriter belt it amongst the strings, wind, and percussion sections.

ME WANT CHOCOLATE…Learn to satisfy your chocolate cravings without heading to CVS for a Snickers. Shop Made in D.C. is hosting a chocolate making class with the owner of Chocotenango. You’ll learn about the history of chocolate and its various types before sitting down to make the good stuff. After that, chow down.

AND…Catch two stand-up comics at onceSip wine from down undahFelix Da HousecatGet your 90s jam onOh, yes it’s ladies nightSilently disco like ya just don’t careRockRubber45s premiereWrite letters to folks in prison(more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 18, 2018 at 12:55 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Rum, art, and a climb to the top of the National Cathedral.

Photograph by Beau Finley

MONDAY, JUNE 18

WHO RUN THE WORLD?…Jennifer Palmieri was the communications director for Hillary Clinton, and advised both President Clinton and Obama in the White House. Her New York Times number one best selling book, Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World is a look at why a woman hasn’t been president (yet), and how we can change that. Palmieri will be in town tonight to discuss the book, female leadership, and how we can get a woman in the Oval Office.

BIG BLUE PUDDLE…The Story Collider’s event tonight is all about water–oceans, to be precise. Five people will take the mic to share their personal stories about the water, from a US Coast Guard caption to a marine biologist. Floaties not included.

AND…Listen to stand-upDive into the father-daughter relationshipGet a football-inspired workoutLearn capoeira1968 was a crazy year...More yoga and drinkin’Kick off a week all about bees

Photograph by Dan McQuade

TUESDAY, JUNE 19

UP IN THE AIR…Get high in D.C.. Literally–the climb to the top spires of the Washington National Cathedral will offer some of the best views in the city. Take the 333 steps to the top of the bell tower for an up-close look at its old stained windows and groups of gargoyles. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 15, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

A rave-like 5K, brunch on Nats field, and, yes, Hamilton is in town.

Photograph by Ted Eytan

FRIDAY, JUNE 15

LUVS ME, LUVS ME NAWT…If you never wrote a poem to the JV soccer captain that rhymed “art” with “bleeding heart,” were you ever really in love as a teen? Mortified is a show that gets adults on stage to read the embarrassing real-life notes, diary entries, love letters, poems, and songs they wrote as teenagers. Come by to relive the glory days (an extra drink for anyone who brings a cootie catcher on stage).

MY SHOT…If you’re one of the lucky few who sold their soul for a Hamilton ticket, congrats! If not, you can still pretend like you’re there. The Watergate Hotel’s Kingbird restaurant will begin hosting Friday and Saturday night Hamilton dance parties throughout the show’s run in D.C. Stop by to dance to showtunes and sip cocktails inspired by the show, like the Lafayette and the Angelica. (more…)

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