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Out On the Town: DC arts & entertainment highlights — July 12-18

Everything arts and entertainment in the D.C. area this week

Hotel Transylvania 3 — Image copyright CTMG, Inc, and Sony Pictures Animation



Even Sony Pictures must be surprised they’ve managed to wring three films out of this idea. But with box office receipts of $800 million, it’s not hard to see why a third film was greenlit, even if it’ll likely be more of the same pleasant but far from genre-defining animated family comedy. Opens Friday, July 13. Area theaters. Visit (Rhuaridh Marr)


Elvis Presley’s third film, the story of a convict who learns to play guitar while in the slammer and, upon release, becomes a star, is considered one of his most invigorating performances. In fact, the “Jailhouse Rock” dance sequence alone is frequently cited as “Presley’s greatest moment on screen.” In 2005, the film was selected by the National Film Registry for preservation. Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber, known for the hits “Hound Dog,” “Stand by Me,” and “Yakety-Yak”) provided the boppin’ score. Landmark’s West End Cinema brings the 1957 drama to the big screen as part of its Capital Classics series. Wednesday, July 18, at 1:30, 4:30, and 7:30 p.m., 2301 M St. NW. Happy hour from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $12.50. Call 202-534-1907 or visit


The Georgetown Sunset Cinema screening series presents Jason Moore’s 2012 comedy about a collegiate clique of competitive a cappella singers starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and the especially unforgettable Rebel “Fat Amy” Wilson. The screening takes place in a grassy knoll along the banks of the Potomac River, with the panoramic Key Bridge as backdrop. Vendors include Muncheez and Stella’s PopKern and Maracas Ice Pops. Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket, food and water or soft drinks — just no chairs or alcohol. Tuesday, July 17, at the intersection of Water Street and Cecil Place NW. The area opens at 6:30 p.m., and the screening starts at sunset, around 8:30 p.m. Call 202-298-9222 or visit


A shy young German baker falls in love with a married Israeli businessman, who is a frequent visitor to Berlin — until one day he isn’t, after becoming the victim of a car crash. Israeli filmmaker Ophir Raul Graizer focuses on what happens after the baker travels to Jerusalem seeking answers into the death of his late lover. Keeping his secret to himself, the baker quickly befriends the man’s widow (Sarah Adler) and becomes involved in her life in a way far beyond his original plan. The Cakemaker is “a blend of old-school melodrama, contemporary identity politics, and buttery gastroporn,” writes Variety. Partially subtitled. Now playing. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit


Denzel Washington as a retired agent who becomes a hired gun for vengeance sounds like a recipe for success, but the first film in this apparent franchise received mediocre reviews and only moderate box office success. Apparently that was enough to greenlight a sequel. Opens Friday, July 13. Area theaters. Visit (RM)

Hamilton — Photo: Joan Marcus



The Kennedy Center presents a new musical about The Temptations, a group that churned out 42 Top 10 hits, including 14 No. 1’s. Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) directs and Sergio Trujillo (Memphis the Musical) choreographs a production featuring classics everyone knows — from “My Girl” to “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” to “Just My Imagination.” To July 22. Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $59 to $159. Call 202-467-4600 or visit


Southwest D.C. is the hub for this year’s Capital Fringe, with 11 stages set up at venues throughout the neighborhood, including Arena Stage, Blind Whino, and area churches — all within a five-minute walk of one another. Most shows at Fringe are selected through an unjuried, open-invitation process — first-come, first-staged — with works largely created and produced by new or relatively inexperienced theatermakers. Shows wth LGBTQ themes in 2018 include: M. Cristina Garcia’s Lesbians and the Men Who Love Them, Samir Bitar & Mahayana Landowne’s 50 Ways…, Jamie Brickhouse’s darkly comic Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex & My Mother, Kate Robards’PolySHAMory, Sri Mirajkar’s Draupadi’s Arranged Marriage, Glass Attic Collective’s devised work Up Your Aesthetic, Caitlin M. Caplinger’s Riot Brrrain, and Flying Blind Theatre Ensemble’s The Country Co-ed. To July 30. Tickets are $17 per show, with a one-time purchase of a $7 Fringe button. Multi-show passes range from $60 to $350. Call 866-811-4111 or visit



Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical raps and rhymes American history with an uncanny flair for mining gold from the tremendous life story of one “bastard orphan.” Inspired by Ron Chernow’s 2005 best-selling book Alexander Hamilton, Miranda’s musical infuses emotion and insight throughout a score that’s as efficient in delivering story as it is a delight to hear sung and played live. Director Thomas Kail has constructed a smartly executed succession of set-pieces that showcases each song for individual impact, and it adds up to an impactful epic. Alexander Hamilton bore a restless, relentless energy that Miranda has tapped into willfully and quite successfully. The compositions reflect a practically unerring ear for synthesizing pop, hip-hop, R&B, Broadway, and dexterous narrative into a stirring, cohesive blend. The music paves the way forward for an entire production that feels classic and iconoclastic, historical and hip. To Sept. 16. Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $99 to $625, or $49 for any same-day, standing-room-only tickets, released two hours before curtain. Call 202-467-4600 or visit (Andre Hereford)


The Hypocrites and the House Theatre of Chicago, two innovative theaters in the Windy City, have teamed up to stage two of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-loved comic operettas in rotating repertory at Olney Theatre. Celebrated for being immersive and family friendly, the productions are presented promenade style, with some seats on stage with the actors. These silly tales of scurvy pirates, modern Major-Generals, and star-crossed lovers were both directed by Sean Graney, who co-adapted The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin O’Donnell, and H.M.S. Pinafore with Andra Velis Simon and Matt Kahler. In previews. Opening Saturday, July 14. To Aug. 21. Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Md. Tickets are $30 to $64 each. Call 301-924-3400 or visit


Three sailors romp around New York in 1944. Olney Theatre Company revives this early musical that features an exuberant score by Leonard Bernstein. The original show grew out of a ballet that Jerome Robbins had worked on with Bernstein, further developed by the writing and lyricist team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Olney’s starry cast includes Evan Casey, Rhett Guter, Sam Ludwig, Donna Migliaccio, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Bobby Smith, and Rachel Zampelli, with Robbins-inspired choreography by Tara Jeanne Vallee. The company’s artistic director Jason Loewith helms the show. Extended to July 29. Mainstage, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Md. Call 301-924-3400 or visit


Synetic Theater presents a new adaptation of the American classic The Wizard of Oz featuring some of L. Frank Baum’s original text and dialogue — in contrast to the “wordless Shakespeare” works the company has become known for. Offered as the first production in the Synetic New Voices Series, through which select company members are mentored in leadership roles by co-founder Paata Tsikurishvili, Oz combines verbal and nonverbal communication for an “environmental and spectacular adventure” down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and friends. Longtime Synetic actor Ryan Sellers steps up as director, assisted by Tori Bertocci as choreographer, for a production that has had to move to Georgetown University’s main campus. (Synetic’s usual venue in Crystal City recently suffered water damage.) In previews, opens Saturday, July 14. To Aug. 12. Devine Studio Theatre in the Davis Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 to $45. Call 866-811-4111 or visit


Fresh off its win as Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company at the Helen Hayes Awards, Monumental Theatre tackles the musical that Stephen Schwartz created two decades before Wicked. Rebecca Wahls directs a Millennial-run production based on the 2013 Tony-winning revival, in which the titular prince joins the circus on his journey to magic-making self-discovery. Tiziano D’Affuso plays Pippin, Solomon Parker is the narrating Leading Player, and Chani Wereley is Catherine. Choreography by Ahmad Maaty and music led by Leigh Delano. Previews start Friday, July 13. To July 30. Ainslie Arts Center in Episcopal High School, 3900 W. Braddock Rd. Tickets are $30 to $40. Call 703-933-3000 or visit


Virginia’s Hub Theatre presents Marc Acito’s play with songs about the unlikely yet real-life relationship between singer Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein. The two titanic figures on a quest to unlock life’s mysteries. To July 29. The John Swayze Theatre in the New School of Northern Virginia, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax. Visit



Maryland’s Port Tobacco Players presents a non-professional production of this musical based on the DreamWorks blockbuster starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Terrence McNally teamed up with the musical minds behind Hairspray — Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman — for a tale, set in the jazzy, swinging ’60s, following the real-life adventures of charming con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. and the FBI agent, Carl Hanratty, who pursues him in a cross-country chase. Opens Thursday, July 12. Weekends to Aug. 5. 508 Charles St., La Plata, Md. Tickets are $15 to $18. Call 301-932-6819 or visit


Baltimore’s Spotlighters Theatre presents the world premiere of a new musical comedy by Rosemary Frisino Toohey based on the Book of Judith. One of only a handful of strong female characters in the Bible, Judith is the heroine in a classic tale of good vs. evil, ingeniously using her feminine wiles to outwit the powerful general Holofernes to save her people from destruction. Now to July 29. A Talk Back with the playwright, director Michael W. Tan, and cast follows the performance on Sunday, July 15. 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. Tickets are $18 to $22. Call 410-752-1225 or visit

Culture Club — Photo courtesy Wolf Trap Foundation



Not quite a year since the Infinite Content Tour stopped at Capital One Arena, Arcade Fire returns with a tour called Everything Now Continued — a play on the title of its album from last year. On Everything Now, the group pulls together bits of disco, reggae and punk, and they do find some success with a handful of fun moments scattered throughout — “Everything Now,” “Electric Blue,” “Creature Comfort,” and the unexpected detour into country on the reprise “Infinite_Content.” Raw cynicism can make for good songwriting material, but Arcade Fire is trying to somehow be sincere and wry and jaded all at the same time and they don’t quite pull it off. Instead, the album looks and sounds like what it is — a wildly popular indie band, who once won the Grammy for Best Album, attempting to level outsider criticism of the mass culture industry. Hamilton Leithauser opens. Friday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. Tickets are $30 to $118. Call 703-754-6400 or visit (Sean Maunier)


It’s hard to imagine a gayer concert than this. Or one better geared toward those who like their music poppy, dancey/synthy, and quirky. If all that appeals to you and you grew up in the 1980s, Wolf Trap is precisely where you’ll want to be Wednesday, July 18, when Boy George brings his original “Karma Chameleon” crew, but only after Fred Schneider returns once more to the Filene Center stage with his “Love Shack” pack (including fellow LGBTQ members Keith Strickland and Kate Pierson). The night begins with a set by Tom Bailey, the principal writer/vocalist behind the “Hold Me Now”-pleading ’80s act Thompson Twins. Wednesday, July 18, at 7 p.m. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $42 to $90. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit


Billed as the last time ever to see the pop star’s famed record-breaking Las Vegas show Britney: Piece of Me — which kicks off a limited tour with two shows at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. Thursday, July 12, and Friday, July 13, at 8 p.m. 7100 Harborview Ave., Oxon Hill, Md., Oxon Hill, Md. Call 844-346-4664 or visit


A five-piece from Richmond, Carbon Leaf has toured with the Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., and Blues Traveler, while drawing its own fans to its slightly unusual blend of bluegrass and rock, officially pegged as “ether-electrified porch music.” The band tours in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Saturday, July 14. Doors at 6:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Tickets are $30 to $35. Call 202-787-1000 or visit


A native of Silver Spring, this budding Latin pop singer-songwriter was selected as an Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore two years ago. At the top of 2017, Urquiaga released Complete, an album of original pop tunes in English, Spanish, and Portuguese — many of which he’s expected to perform in a concert next week titled “Pop & Latin Songs by Chris Urquiaga.” Friday, July 20. Doors at 7 p.m. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. Tickets are $15. Visit


The 9th annual summer cabaret series at ArtSpace Falls Church continues with two chiefly musical theater-themed cabarets: Katherine Riddle offers a tribute to the hardworking ingenue in “More Than Just A Pretty Face,” on Friday, July 13, at 8 p.m.; and Creative Cauldron regular soprano Susan Derry performs a feisty evening of theater standards, unexpected gems, and the occasional pop song in “Days and Dazed,” on Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 15, at 7 p.m. The next weekend features Jade Jones in “Killin’ Em Softly – A ’70s Soiree” on Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, at 8 p.m. ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Ave. in Falls Church. Tickets are $18 to $22 per show, or $55 for a table for two with wine and $110 for four with wine. Call 703-436-9948 or visit


What’s not to love about a multi-artist concert called a kerfuffle? In addition to the suburban Chicago-reared emo/punk headliners, there’s more hard/heavy rock from acts including Rise Against, Awolnation, and AJR. There’s also indie-pop act AJR, EDM/pop artist Robert DeLong, indie act Mt. Joy, and German rockers L.I.F.T. Sunday, July 22. Doors at 12:30 p.m. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. Tickets are $55 to $95. Call 800-551-SEAT or visit


It’s surprising when you stop and think about how quickly Halsey has risen to the upper echelon of the music industry — two years after breaking onto the scene with the Chainsmokers, she’s already headlined a stadium tour, which stopped at Capital One Arena last fall. The bisexual New Jersey native returns to the area for what is sure to be a starry concert under the stars in support of her latest album, the impressive Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. Special guest Jessie Reyez opens. Sunday, July 15, at 8 p.m. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $40 to $80. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit


The National Gallery of Art offers free outdoor concerts immediately after work every Friday through late August. Bands offering a range of jazz styles, from swing to Latin to ska, perform amidst the museum’s collection of large-scale sculptural works while patrons enjoy food and drink, including beer, wine, and sangria, as sold by the Pavilion Cafe and outdoor grill. The 2018 series continues with funk and hip-hop from the Funky Dawgz Brass Band on July 13, and blues guitarist Dave Chappell on July 20, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sculpture Garden, between 7th and 9th Streets NW. Call 202-289-3360 or visit


A former Strathmore Artist-in-Residence, the local alto singer has won lots of praise in the past few years, including from Duke Ellington’s biographer John Hasse, who touted her as “a major league young talent in jazz.” After headline shows at Blues Alley and Bethesda Blues & Jazz, as well as invitations to play jazz festivals across the country, Seikaly returns to Strathmore for a special outdoor concert as part of its free Live from the Lawn weekly summer series. Wednesday, July 18, at 7 p.m. Gudelsky Gazebo, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tickets are free. Call 301-581-5100 or visit


Michael Feinstein has highlighted “the next generation of performers” all this season in his Cabaret Supper Club series at AMP by Strathmore — including Laura Osnes (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella) and Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon). This weekend Feinstein presents a true veteran, a woman known from a whopping 76 appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson — to say nothing of roles in productions of everything from Hello, Dolly to Follies. More recently, Maye has been featured in a one-hour PBS Television Special — and as the featured guest of D.C.’s newest hometown orchestra, the American Pops, in residence at Arena Stage. Her AMP cabaret is Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m. 11810 Grand Park Ave. North Bethesda. Tickets are $30 to $40. Call 301-581-5100 or visit


Named after the street in Arlington where Caolaidhe Davis, originally from Northern Ireland, first lived with his fiddle-playing wife Meghan, the 19th Street Band also includes bassist Brian White, banjoist Tom Verratti, and drummer Patty Dougherty of D.C.’s Wicked Jezabel. The popular local cover band, known for playing “all your favorite tunes” in the Americana and folk genres, this weekend cheers on the lesbian-owned brewery Denizens — officially, to celebrate the company’s fourth year in operation in its downtown Silver Spring location. Naturally, the party will also serve to build more buzz about the forthcoming second Denizens location in Riverdale Park, next to College Park. Saturday, July 14, from 8 to 11 p.m. 1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring. Call 301-557-9818 or visit


Justin Trawick, the area’s hardest-working indie-folk/pop artist, will perform with his Wammie-winning band The Common Good as part of a toast to the podcast he co-launched. Hosted by the 9:30 Club, this year’s musically eclectic concert also features the R&B/hip-hop/pop covers act JWX: The Jarreau Williams Xperience, Alex Barnett, Louisa Hall, Geoff Browning, the Bumper Jacksons Duo, Eli Lev, Benjamin Carter, and Nardo Lilly. Saturday, July 14. Doors at 8 p.m. 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $15. Call 202-265-0930 or visit


Subtitled A Love Story, the new one-act opera by composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith and librettist David Johnston offers a zany, rhythm-driven romp through the darker side of love — focused on a mysterious and unlikely murder suspect. Remaining performances, each followed by an audience talk-back, are Friday, July 13, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m. Signature’s Ark Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets are $47. Call 703-820-9771 or visit


“D.C.’s all ’90s party band,” cheekily named after O.J. Simpson’s notorious failed getaway car, sings through that decade’s songbook in all styles of popular music. The five-member ensemble is comprised of singer/guitarist Diego Valencia, singer Gretchen Gustafson, guitarists Ken Sigmund and McNasty and drummer Max Shapiro. Saturday, July 14. Doors at 8 p.m. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. Tickets are $25. Call 202-388-ROCK or visit

Vivica A. Fox



A regular performer at the DC Improv, the stand-up veteran is also an accomplished TV writer and performer — known from Chappelle’s ShowThe Jim Gaffigan Show, and as one of cable TV’s first great “talking head” comedians, not to mention many appearances on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Finnegan is currently polishing up a new show entitled My Goodness, a comedic look at what it means to be a good person. He’ll take the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next month. Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., and Sunday, July 15, at 7 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $17 to $22, plus a two-item minimum. Call 202-296-7008 or visit


The Kennedy Center presents the third annual festival bringing acclaimed stars and rising acts together for a mix of stand-up and other comedic performances. Everything kicks off next Thursday, July 19, with a screening of Rob Reiner’s 1984 groundbreaking mockumentary (that indirectly launched the directing career of Christopher Guest), This is Spinal Tap. Harry Shearer will be on hand following the screening to tell behind-the-scenes stories and answer audience questions. Other highlights include Neil Hamburger, Patton Oswalt, Amanda Seales, D.C.’s Underground Comedy Stand-Up Showcase, The Daily Show Correspondents Stand-Up Tour, the competitive stand-up game “On Deck,” hosted by Mike Mulloy, and The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle. There are several planned Bentzen Ball Podcast sessions, a “Boast Rattle” (the opposite of a comedic roast where the best complimenting comedian wins), and performances featuring The Improvised Shakespeare Company. July 19 to 22, at various venues in the Kennedy Center. Ticket prices vary. For a full list of performances or to purchase tickets, call 202-467-4600 or visit


The full title of the latest show from Chicago’s famed troupe created especially for the Kennedy Center to coincide with the District of Comedy Festival is Generation Gap…Or, How Many Millennials Does It Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X? Expect a satirical crash course spanning miscommunications, careers, dating, and more in a two-act, interactive spin on what the troupe calls “the age-old battle of the ages.” To Aug. 12. Theater Lab. Tickets are $49 to $59. Call 202-467-4600 or visit


While only a senior in high school, Vicki Lawrence had enough gumption to invite — as well as successfully lure — Carol Burnett out to the “Miss Fireball Contest” her local fire department was hosting, in which she performed. From there, she got a job and spent 11 years on The Carol Burnett Show, eventually moving on to her own hit TV series Mama’s Family in the ’80s. Lawrence humorously chronicles her life’s many varied adventures in this stage show. Sunday, July 21, at 1 p.m. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $50 to $65, plus $10 minimum purchase per person. Call 240-330-4500 or visit


In her new book, the actress relates stories from her early life all the way through to today. Known from supporting roles in the blockbusters Kill Bill and Independence Day, as well as more recently on Empire, Fox, host of Lifetime’s Vivica’s Black Magic, will share some of her secrets to success and sign copies of her book, presented in collaboration with Solid State Books. Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m. Lang Theatre in the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $25 to $37. Call 202-399-7993 or visit


The Washington Improv Theater is D.C.’s answer to comedy star-making groups such as Chicago’s Second City and L.A.’s Groundlings. Over the next month, the troupe offers a hodgepodge of summer-themed sketches, with each performance featuring different WIT ensembles, including three music-driven exercises: iMusical, presenting audiences with the opportunity to choose-your-own-disaster, resulting in the cast improvising an instant world-ending musical; Heavy Rotation, featuring a cast performing a School of Rock-inspired “improvised rock comedy”; and Karaoke Storytellers with a show that is part-VH1 Storytellers, part-Saturday Night Live audition, and part musical, all built around improvised characters delivering monologues and interpreting a song karaoke-style. To Aug. 5. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $18 at the door. Call 202-204-7770 or visit



The National Air and Space Museum’s central exhibition space reopened in 2016 after a multi-year renovation sponsored by Boeing and in honor of the museum’s 40th anniversary. John Glenn’s Mercury “Friendship 7,” Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis,” the Gemini IV capsule, and SpaceShipOne are among the museum’s most iconic artifacts on view in a new, streamlined way along with digital enhancements meant to give a deeper understanding of how spaceflight and aviation have affected all Americans’ lives. The hall also features the Apollo Lunar Module and the studio model of the Starship Enterprise from the original Star Trek series, among other additions. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave at 6th St. SW. Call 202-633-2214 or visit


Organized as part of a citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, this exhibition uses original documents, maps, posters, and other materials to shine a light on a local experiment in community policing. “The Pilot District Project, 1968-1973” was a program with good intentions, an innovative experiment in community policing that had success but also more than its share of failures, and its legacy continues in citizen police reform efforts today. Co-presented by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Through Jan. 15, 2019. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Tickets are $10 for admission to all current exhibitions. Call 202-272-2448 or visit


Through large-scale paintings and installations, the Baltimore artist explores the tension between calm and chaos — specifically, the anxiety, excitement, panic, and even monotony that comes from just five more minutes of doing something. Pumphrey’s works on the theme are on display in both Georgetown and Alexandria as part of a two-part exhibition at two galleries. Part I is on display to July 21, ending with a closing reception. Susan Calloway Fine Arts, 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Call 202-965-4601 or visit Part II is on display to July 22. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035 or visit For additional events and details about the two-part exhibition, visit

Bastille Brasserie: Christopher and Michelle



Taking a page from popular Summer and Winter Restaurant Week promotions, the Old Town Alexandria restaurant, run by husband-and-wife chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux, has been offering three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners of its French-inspired cuisine all week long. The occasion is a toast to the French national holiday that gives the restaurant its name and is officially celebrated this year on Saturday, July 14. The menu includes a choice of soupe du jour, escargots provencales, or salmon rillettes as a starter, a choice of entree such as Moules-frites, Roast Chicken with Chermoula, or Seared Duck Breast, and for dessert, either ice cream, flan, or profiteroles au chocolat. To Sunday, July 15. Bastille Brassierie in The Asher, 606 N. Fayette St. The price is $25 at lunch, or $35 at dinner. Call 703-519-3776 or visit


The man behind former D.C. restaurant Gerard’s Place and chef at Malmaison on the Georgetown Waterfront was the youngest chef ever to receive a two-star Michelin rating (for the namesake French restaurant he had prior to moving to the U.S.). At the Hill Center he offers a regular Art of French Cooking class, predicated on his approach in the kitchen emphasizing the creative and unique over the rote and standard — in other words, winging it versus relying on a recipe. For his next class, at the Intermediate to Advanced level, Pangaud will prepare a three-course seasonal dinner celebrating Bastille Day. You’ll learn how to make — and get samples of — Zucchini Salad with Egg “Mimosa,” Poached Alaskan Salmon Parisienne with Green Sauce and Vegetables Macédoine, and Poached Peach, Pistachio Ice Cream and Champagne Sabayon. Saturday, July 14, at 10 a.m. Hill Center, Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Tickets are $95, including wine pairings. Call 202-549-4172 or visit


With the big French holiday falling on a Saturday this year, D.C.’s hippest French restaurant kicks things off a day early by serving early on Friday, July 13, when it will serve pre-Bastille Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next day, Saturday, July 14, La Grand Fête starts at 11:30 a.m. with live accordion music, children’s activities, crafts, and face painting, a streetside glacé cart, and an all-day café service. Starting at 9:30 p.m., the Bastille Noir party features DJ-led entertainment, drag queen and mime performances, and sketch artist A.E. Kieren creating caricatures of all the goings-on. Naturellement, Champagne corks will fly all evening, when there will also be specialty libations, including Le Diplomate’s signature Frosé and the Gimme, Gimme Mûre, with frozen Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint, creme de mûre, blackberry, and lime. And the party lasts until 2 a.m. 1601 14th St. NW. Call 202-332-3333 or visit


Sunday, July 15, is National Ice Cream Day, but Union Market is helping to make a weekend of it by hosting this 8th annual ice cream social on Friday, July 13, starting at 5 p.m. Dolcezza and Trickling Springs Creamery will be offering free scoops at an event that previously functioned as a competition — serving as the birthplace of past DC Scoop winners Ice Cream Jubilee and Love ‘n Faith, which will also be offering free frozen treats. Gelato, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, soda shoppe-style scoops, and other surprises will also be available for purchase from other vendors including Peregrine Espresso, Puddin’, Bun’d Up, Toli Moli, and Suburbia — and Windows Catering will be running a sweets-filled toppings bar at DC Scoops, which also boasts live music by DJ Bast + Native Nebula from the AOK Family. The event is the market’s way of celebrating the fact that it’s now open until 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday evenings throughout the summer, with live music and free bingo with DC Fray planned for every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. Call 800-680-9095 or visit



Rarely do you see a recurring event explicitly geared to vegans and offered at a fine-dining, foodie-drawing venue such as the 19-year-old mainstay from James Beard-winning celebrity chef Todd Gray with his wife and fellow chef Ellen Kassoff Gray. In addition to a dedicated vegan menu offered all week long, the elegant Equinox near the White House presents a buffet-style brunch most Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dishes featuring the best seasonal, sustainable, and regionally sourced ingredients. Menu items include a French Style Onion Soup with oak barrel stout and sourdough croutons (hold the cheese, please), Arugula and Winter Citrus Salad with candied pecans, shaved radish, and sherry mustard vinaigrette, Sesame Glazed Japanese Eggplant with soba noodles, maple sherry gastrique, and green onion, Stuffed Whole Grain French Toast with northern neck blackberry jam and maple syrup, plus a made-to-order Tofu Scramble Station and an Artisan Bread Station with various jams, tapenade, exotic spices, and infused olive oils. To wash it down, the alcohol concoctions, priced at $11 each, include an Equinox Bloody Mary with vodka and house vegan mix, a Cucumber Collins, a Strawberry Fields Have Burned with mezcal, strawberry puree, lime juice, and basil syrup, or Cantaloupe Kir with sparkling wine, cantaloupe water, and Peychaud bitters. 818 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $35 before taxes, gratuity, and beverages, or $15 for those under age 12. Call 202-331-8118 or visit


Over the past year, the local Hilton brothers have expanded well beyond Marvin and The Brixton and their original U Street base. None of the additions, however, stand out as much as Bar Roubaix in Columbia Heights with its racing bike theme, complete with chains dangling behind the bar and wheels serving as light fixtures. Named after the French city sponsoring one of the world’s oldest and most iconic professional bike races and housed in the former Acre 121 space, Roubaix features a menu of European-inspired bites from Chef Rafael Nunez. And now, Roubaix stands out even more thanks to a drag brunch the third Sunday of each month, organized by Josael Abraham Gutierrez. Sassy Drag Brunch features Desiree Dik as the “master of sassiness” along with her sassy sisters Laronica Vegas and Paula, in addition to special guests. Drink specials for July include $18 Bottomless Mimosas, $7 Screwdrivers, $8 Bloody Mary’s, $9 Margaritas, and $9 Irish Coffees. Sunday, July 22, from noon to 2 p.m. 1400 Irving St. NW. Ste. 109. Tickets are $21 inclusive of show, one entree, and 18-percent gratuity, or $10 for show with no food. Call 202-560-5721 or search “Sassy Drag Brunch” on


Sometimes you’re dragging and you just can’t make it to brunch. And sometimes you want a regular, more traditional kind of meal — you know, at night, over wine. Well, these days, you can have just that with one of D.C.’s leading ladies of drag. Every Sunday night at Shaw’s Tavern, Kristina Kelly hosts a show over supper with half-priced bottles of wine and different dinner specials each week. Seating at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. 520 Florida Ave. NW. Reservations required via Call 202-518-4092 or visit


Long a fixture at Mr. Henry’s, the Kevin Cordt Trio now serenades those enjoying a three-course brunch at Hank’s Pasta Bar. The menu starts with a shareable Antipasti Platter of crostini or charcuterie, followed by entree options including Italian Eggs Benedict with prosciutto and focaccia or handmade Fettuccine Bolognese, and finished with a choice of desserts, plus juice or coffee. Naturally, pitchers of Bloody Mary’s, Blood Orange Bellinis or the Farmer’s Pal Punch are available at an additional charge. The next brunch is Saturday, July 21, with first seating at 11 a.m. Hank’s Pasta Bar, 600 Montgomery St., Alexandria. Tickets are $30 per person, excluding drinks. Call 571-312-4117 or visit



Two years ago, Kate Taylor Davis and Jared Davis concocted a variety show that made light of American history in the run-up to July 4th — in 2016, just before the country took a dark, dark turn. As a result, the hit show became darker and more subversive — as well as more popular — in its second year, and added topical games with names including “Extreme Vetting” and “Grab. That. P**sy!” This year’s third iteration has been moved to later in July when more people have a chance to attend and participate. Billed as a “no-holds-barred production that’s too risqué for the boob tube and real-er than ‘fake news,'” the show features Carlos Bustamante aka Carl Buster as host. He’s accompanied by a bevy of “All-American Girls” for a tongue-in-cheek trip across the country filled with trivia, games, satire, and nudity. The latter especially comes into play in a segment called “Naked Drunk History” with the character known as “Drunkle Sam,” whose purpose is “to fill in the gaps in America’s public education.” Aiding in the cause are many of the usual suspects in the talented, offbeat crew long associated with Astro Pop Events (the producer of Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club and Countdown to Yuri’s Night). The team includes Chris Griffin — per his drag alter ego Lucrezia Blozia — and includes Jim Dandy, Jared Davis, Patrick M. Doneghy, Kittie Glitter, Eleni Grove, Callie Pigeon, Candy Del Rio, Cherie Sweetbottom, and Andrew Wodzianski. Saturday, July 21, at 9 p.m. GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square, 3333 14th St. NW. Tickets are $22 in advance. Visit Also Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28, at 8 p.m. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Baltimore. Call 410-276-1651 or visit


Billed as the nation’s largest free arts festival, Artscape attracts more than 350,000 people to Baltimore neighborhoods Bolton Hill and Station North to take in fine/textile art in every medium — from visual to fashion to sculpture, with more than 150 artists represented. There are also multiple stages offering performances of live music from regional and nationally known acts. Maryland restaurants and bars also participate in an event co-produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts and the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc. The event kicks off on Friday, July 20, with Youth Day, offering a variety of youth-focused programming – both performance and visual, indoor and outdoors – with young artists, makers, and performers. Through Sunday, July 23. Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, Baltimore. Free. Call 410-752-8632 or visit


Nearly 100 craft breweries, all in support of wildlife conservation, will be on tap for this 13th annual beer tasting extravaganza next week, hosted as a benefit for the Friends of the National Zoo, or FONZ. Port City Brewing Company, Right Proper, Bluejacket, Denizens, and Hellbender will be represented at the event, which will also feature food from popular food trucks and other local favorites. The Reflex ’80s Tribute Band, Radar, and Bobby McKey’s dueling pianists will provide live music to accompany the mingling and lawn games. Thursday, July 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets, including a commemorative mug, are $50 for FONZ members or $65 for non-members, or $95 and $110 for VIP tickets allowing early access to the event, a private VIP area with complimentary food tastings and special animal demonstrations. Call 202-633-4800 or visit


A local actor offers the guided tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt, portraying Detective James McDevitt, a D.C. police officer patrolling a half-block from Ford’s Theatre the night President Lincoln was shot. Written by Richard Hellesen and directed by Mark Ramont, the 1.6-mile walking tour revisits and reexamines the sites and clues from the investigation into the assassination. Tours are offered approximately three evenings a week at 6:45 p.m. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Tickets are $17. Call 202-397-7328 or visit


Regie Cabico and Don Mike Mendoza’s La-Ti-Do variety show features higher-quality singing than most karaoke, often from local musical theater actors performing on their night off, and also includes spoken-word poetry and comedy. Held at Bistro Bistro in Dupont Circle, Mendoza and Anya Randall Nebel host Spoof-Tacular, an evening of funny interpretations of musical theater. Guest performers include Angeleaza Anderson, Casey Garner, Chris Harris, Nicholas Leininger, Alex Levinson, Ben Lurye, Jackie Madjeski, Kaeli Patches, and Michael Santos Sandoval. There will also be Fringe previews. Paige Rammelkamp is music director. Monday, July 16, at 8 p.m. Bistro Bistro, 1727 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $15, or $10 if you eat dinner at the restaurant beforehand. Call 202-328-1640 or visit

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