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Summer Entertainment Guide

FESTIVALS:

Jazz in the Garden

Fridays, June 30 – Aug. 25

5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

What is it?

Enjoy the relaxing sounds of DC-area jazz musicians as you lounge around the sculpture garden’s central fountain every Friday throughout the summer at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Reasonably priced food and adult beverages available to enhance the experience. Perfect cheap date!

https://www.pavilioncafe.com/jazz-in-the-garden-menu.html

DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival

June 23 – July 2

All day, citywide

What is it?

For up-and-coming artists of color, the 7th annual DC Black Theatre and Arts Festival is a spot to showcase your unique brand and talents. Visit the festival’s website the schedule and for more details.

“The DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival is a self-producing festival, where both established and emerging artists can present their work. For some, applying is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create, produce and perform a show. The Festival strives to encourage artists in our festival to give expression to their talents and develop their artistic freedom; without any barriers between their work and the audience. We are also the first theatre festival of its kind to recognize the importance of both urban and traditional theatre.”

http://www.dcblacktheatrefestival.com/welcome.html

Capital Fringe Festival

July 6 – 30

All day, citywide

What is it?

In its 12th year, Capital Fringe focuses on expanding audiences’ appetites for the “Fringe” in independent theater, music, art, dance and unclassifiable forms of live performances and visual art.

“Capital Fringe is a catalyst for cultural and community development, and a destination that brings artists and audiences together. Capital Fringe thrives on amplifying the vibrancy of DC’s independent arts community and enriches the lives of those who reside, work and visit here.”

One featured TV show called The Regulars offers a familiar scene along with social commentary on dating apps.

“The show follows a young Black woman as she navigates the D.C. dating scene. Spoiler alert: It’s not always smooth sailing. The preview scene featured the night’s best punch line, which comes as such a surprise that I wouldn’t dare spoil it. See it for yourself.”

Tickets and a full list of shows are available here. https://www.capitalfringe.org/about

Annual Ceviche Festival

Monday, June 26 – July 9

China Chilcano

418 7th St. NW

What is it?

Chef José Andrés hosts an annual ceviche festival at his Asian-Latin American fusion spot, China Chilcano. Starting Monday, June 26 through July 9, the restaurant will offer six special ceviches featuring razor clams, octopus, fish and unconventional ingredients like ponzu, roasted beets, green apple and cured egg yolk.

Source Festival

Now – July 2

All day, citywide

What is it?

“In its tenth year, Source Festival has been a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for the district’s actors, directors and designers. CulturalDC’s Source Festival combines the forces of rising talents with established artists. Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, artists from across the nation present new works over three weeks. The relationships built here lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists.” Tickets are on sale now at http://www.sourcefestival.org.

FOOD:

Weekly Crab Boils

Available now

Brookland’s Finest

3126 12th St. NE

What is it?

It’s crab season on the East Coast! To celebrate, “Brookland’s Finest” will offer its crab boil menu every Tuesday throughout the summer. A dish to be shared, their classic crab boil runs about $30 and is loaded with Maryland blue crabs, potatoes, sausage, corn, and of course, Old Bay.

Chicken and Whiskey

1738 14th St. NW

For cheap cocktails, beer and whiskey, check out 14th street’s newest fast-casual Baltimore-based Venezuelan restaurant, “Chicken and Whiskey.” The famously tender and flavorful South American rotisserie chicken takes a dive into the fryer with chef Enrique Limardo. Chicken offerings are fried or roasted and presented on salads or sandwiches. Visit them now for a late night, post-club snack, like the decadent deep fried chicken “nacho wrap.” The restaurant will serve food until 3 a.m. on weekends and midnight on weekdays.

Gorsha

1309 5th St. NE, Union Market

For fast-casual Ethiopian cuisine in Northeast, check out Gorsha inside Union Market.

For traditional Ethiopian cuisine served with Injera bread and/or bowls, Gorsha will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m..

Game of Thrones Pop-up Bar

Hosted at Southern Efficiency

1841 7th St NW, Shaw neighborhood

From Drink Company, the group that brought about the popular Miracle on 7th Street Christmas bar and the recent spring Cherry Blossom bar, comes their newest creation, a Game of Thrones themed bar. For the record, themed drinks are about $14, Westeros-themed costumes are encouraged and a sizable dragon will make its debut. The lines will be crazy, so make sure to get there at least an hour (or two) early.

HEALTH & WELLNESS:

TRAP YOGA

Sundays and Saturdays, Now – June 3, 2018

1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Khepera Wellness

3400 14th St NW

What is it?

“Trap Yoga is a special weekly class held at the studio that mixes Power Yoga with Trap Music. This form of hip hop is bass heavy with themes ranging from working hard to being your best self. These classes will challenge you and encourage you to bring levity to a practice that requires you to be tough. Music choices may change but the intent will be the same: work hard and evolve your self. This class is great for intermediate to advanced students.”

Contact Khepera Wellness at (770) 605-2203 or kheperawellness@gmail.com for further information.

BLACK GIRL MAGIC YOGA AND DISCUSSION

Sundays, Now – June 3, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Khepera Wellness

3400 14th St NW

What is it?

“Black Girl Magic is a Yin OR Slow Vinyasa Flow Yoga experience celebrating the beauty and strength of Black women. The class serves as a safe space for Black women to pursue health and wellness together with all other groups of people dedicated to uplifting Black women. Yes, you can come to class if you are male, transgender, white, Black, etc. ‘

Created by and for Black women, this yoga class transcends to our inhale discussions once a month which will focus on the state of Black women in America and provide an avenue for women to have fellowship and support for one another. ”

Contact Khepera Wellness at (770) 605-2203 or kheperawellness@gmail.com for further information.

Sunrise Yoga on the Rooftop

Now – Sept. 24

Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The Dupont Deck – The Embassy Row Hotel

2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW

What is it?

Bring a yoga mat and join an all-level vinyasa class led by Epic Yoga’s Emma Saal. Start your day off with a morning flow, fresh air, and the sunrise on The Rooftop at the Embassy Row Hotel.

Free to hotel guests and locals register at www.epicyogadc.com.

Capital Harvest Farmers’ Market

Fridays, June 30 – Nov. 10

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Woodrow Wilson Plaza

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

What is it?

“Situated at Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Capital Harvest offers up farm-fresh deliciousness, artisanal crafts and recipes and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Check out the vendors and start planning your haul.”

Free admission

MUSIC, CULTURE & THE ARTS:

AZAR LAWRENCE QUINTET (SAX)

July 1

8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Blues Alley Jazz in Georgetown

1073 (Rear) Wisconsin Ave. NW

What is it?

“Azar Lawrence grew up during an era of prolificacy and transcendence in Jazz music that, to this day, has stood the test of time. While still very young, Azar began playing with many jazz legends, and at just seventeen; he played his first professional gigs abroad with Clark Terry and Muddy Waters. He has composed, produced and performed with acclaimed jazz luminary McCoy Tyner for over five years and with Elvin Jones for many years.”

The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald at 100

Daily, now – April 2, 2018

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

National Museum of American History

14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW

What is it?

From the website: “Almost everyone knows Ella’s voice when they hear it. The voice of Ella Fitzgerald could inspire an entire museum to itself, her songs serving as vital artifacts of American history and one of the country’s most important art forms: jazz. The National Museum of American History dedicates an exhibit to Fitzgerald this spring, showcasing the incredible talent and accomplishments of one of the greatest performers to ever live.”

Admission: Free

1967: Civil Rights at 50

Daily, now – Dec. 31


Newseum

555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

What is it?

“1967: Civil Rights at 50″ tells the dramatic story of the growing militancy of the struggle for racial justice in 1967. The exhibit uses powerful photos and images of historic newspapers and magazines to explore how African-Americans used their First Amendment rights to fight for change — at times a great cost.”

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Now – July 24

All day

George Washington University Museum

What is it?

For 50 years the Ebony Fashion Fair helped to visualize and shape the style of Black America, and this special showcase at the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum features incredible ensembles from leading designers. The exhibit also tells the tale of Eunice W. Johnson, who withstood prejudice and discrimination to found the fair and bring fashion from all over the world to African-American audiences. This visually stunning exhibit shows through July 24.

XYZT: Abstract Landscapes – Interactive Art+Tech Exhibition

Daily, now – Sept. 3

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

ARTECHOUSE

1238 Maryland Ave. SW, Southwest Waterfront

What is it?

Enjoy an exploratory, virtual hands-on experience for the whole family ages 6 and up. Ten digital light sculptures will be featured at DC’s first innovative art space – ARTECHOUSE.

“This interactive, multi-space digital art installation lets you manipulate time and space. Step into imaginary territory, manipulate algorithms and immerse yourself into a virtual playground of digital landscapes at XYZT. Whether you are walking on floors that react to footsteps, manipulating light particles within a giant digital cube or blowing into glass boxes and witnessing virtual letters that assemble and disassemble as by a touch of magic, you are in for an immersive sensory encounter.

XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is a world-travelled installation by internationally acclaimed contemporary digital artists and multimedia choreographers Adrien M & Claire B.”

More info at www.artechouse.com

The 512 Experience [Jazz/Soul/R&B concert]

July 5

8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Blues Alley Jazz Georgetown

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW

What is it?

“The 5-1-2 Experience is a tantalizing R&B/Neo-Soul band from the D.C. area. Their sound is inspired by the sexy and soulful music greats of the past and present. The members of this up-and-coming band have many years of experience individually. They have combined all of their expertise, talent and passion to bring you some guaranteed good soulful music to make your fingers snap, toes tap and imagination soar. The 5-1-2 gives those who love Neo-Soul and R&B, the opportunity to come together and unite the real grown and sexy movement. After all, they are in the business of giving you music you can feel.”

Bryson Tiller With Special Guests H.E.R. and Metro Boomin

Sept. 2

7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Filene Center at Wolf Trap

1551 Trap Rd.

Vienna, Va.

What is it?

Catch the “Set It Off” tour from Bryson Tiller, an artist who has made a name for himself combining hip-hop and R&B into “Trapsoul.” According to Rolling Stone, he is “the most promising young voice in the genre.”

The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald at 100

Daily, Now – April 2, 2018

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

National Museum of American History

14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW

What is it?

From the website: “Almost everyone knows Ella’s voice when they hear it. The voice of Ella Fitzgerald could inspire an entire museum to itself, her songs serving as vital artifacts of American history and one of the country’s most important art forms: jazz. The National Museum of American History dedicates an exhibit to Fitzgerald this spring, showcasing the incredible talent and accomplishments of one of the greatest performers to ever live.”

Admission: Free

ENTERTAINMENT:

Golden Cinema

Fridays, June 30 – Aug. 4

Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

Connecticut Ave. and K Street NW

What is it?

Choose any Friday to bring your blankets and join fellow District movie-lovers under the stars for a night of entertaining movies and activities. For an easy date night or a group outing with friends, take advantage of the restaurants around the neighborhood for a great way to spend an evening in the Golden Triangle.

Movie Schedule

• June 2: Hidden Figures

• June 9: 500 Days of Summer

• June 16: Moana

• June 23: The Princess Bride

• June 30: Dirty Dancing

• July 7: Ghostbusters [2016 version]

• July 14: Finding Dory

• July 21: Big

• July 28: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

• Aug. 4: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

• Rain Dates: Aug. 11 & 18

https://goldentriangledc.com/golden-cinema-2017/

HOOKY FRIDAY ON THE ROOFTOP

Fridays, June 30 – Sept. 29

2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Embassy Row Hotel

2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW

What is it?

This summer, start your weekends early with half-off cocktails at the Embassy Row Hotel. Hooky Fridays are the perfect excuse to leave work early or take your boss to half-off drink specials and half-off day passes for locals starting at 3 p.m.. Lounge poolside by purchasing day passes at The Rooftop; and admission is free to hotel guests with $15 day passes for locals starting at 3 p.m..

Deray Davis at the DC Improv

June 30 – July 2

Thursday – Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 6 p.m.

DC Improv

1140 Connecticut Ave NW

What is it?

“From the South Side of Chicago, DeRay Davis has made himself into a comedic force – he puts on one of the best live shows we’ve ever seen at the Improv. He’s a presence in Hollywood, with roles in ’21 Jump Street,’ ‘Jumping the Broom’ and the ‘Barbershop’ movies, to name a few. You’ve also seen him on the MTV networks as part of ‘Wild n Out’ and as the host of ‘Joking Off.’ This promises to be a packed weekend.

Sunset Saturdays Day Party – The Cookout

Saturday, July 1

5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

BARCODE

1101 17th NW

What is it?

This Saturday, check out Sunset Saturdays Day Party – The Cookout

Pre-Independence Day Celebration. There will be a special BBQ menu available as well as happy hour food and drink specials from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. with a full menu available until midnight. Enjoy Barcode’s outdoor patio, Hookah, bottle service, and convenient garage parking across the street.

Featuring: DJ Analyze & DJ Supa Scotty

Grilled Cheese Social from Rock Creek Social Club

Marvin DC

2007 14th St NW

What is it?

“Grilled Cheese Social [#GrilledCheeseSocialDC] hosts a lively atmosphere to create the perfect Saturday afternoon day party. Hosted at Marvin, guests savor a number of delicious grilled cheese sandwiches created exclusively for Rock Creek Social Club events.”

This recent GSC is part of a 10-event summer series from Rock Creek Social Club. Check out the next Grilled Cheese Social event on the website, http://welovegcs.com/

Black Professionals & Greek Weekend – 5th Annual All White Party

Sunday, Sept. 3

8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Renaissance Hotel

999 Ninth St. NW

What is it?

Black Professionals & Greek Weekend 5th Annual All White Party featuring three Rooms of Entertainment: 3 DJs Spinning Old School, Hip-Hop, R&B & more.

FLASHBACK FRIDAYS

Fridays, June 30 – Dec. 29

10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Decades

1219 Connecticut Ave NW

“Decades brings its retro feel to Friday nights with four floors [including the rooftop] of the most epic hits of every genre, from the past 30 years. Friday nights is 21+ and kicks off at 10 p.m. with multiple DJs and bars fully stocked with all of your favorite iconic beers and mixed drinks from yesteryear to the present day. From rap and techno to R&B and EDM, all sounds are covered.”

 

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