June is here! Summer is starting in earnest, which means there will be all types of entertainment to choose from during the weekends ahead. This week we offer you options that appeal to everything from your sweet tooth to your inner yogi.
Thursday, June 2
Get an early weekend treat at Union Station. DoubleTree Hotel is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its “iconic” chocolate chip cookie by parking its CAREavan at the metro to “bring its sweet treats to tired travelers [and] weary workers.” Stop by from 10a-4p for your free cookie, while supplies last.
Though you may be too old to compete in this weekend’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, you can still prove your spelling prowess at Labyrinth. First Thursday Scrabble starts tonight, 6-10pm, 645 Pennsylvania Ave, SE.
Friday, June 3
While you’re waiting for that coveted patio table on Barracks Row, stop by the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St, SE) for the Youth Arts Program Artist Showcase (ages 5-7) at 5:30 pm on the 2nd floor. Join the students of CHAW’s Youth Arts Program as they showcase all they’ve learned this session in the visual and performing arts.
Nordic noir comes to DC with Scena Theater’s premier of Purge by Finnish playwright Sofi Oksanen. Adapted from her acclaimed novel of the same name, Oksanen (who is of Estonian heritage) tells the story of an Estonian woman’s “lifelong struggle through political exploitation, family betrayal, and sexual trafficking.” Previews of the show by this award-winning phenom run at H Street Playhouse (1365 H St, NE) Friday, Saturday and Sunday for $10. Details and tickets here.
Saturday, June 4
Feel like its time to perfect your lotus and down dog? Capitol Hill Yoga’s 4 week Yoga Basics series is geared towards students new to yoga and more experienced students seeking to reconnect to the basics. Students will learn about the structure of a yoga class, breathing techniques to deepen awareness and relaxation, and basic poses to increase flexibility, strength and range of motion. After taking this series, students are encouraged to take Level 1 yoga. 12:15-1:30, June 4-25; $44 for the series. [For more experienced yogis, the 3-week Beyond the Basics series starts next weekend.]
Step into someone else’s shoes with An Afternoon Sampler of Roleplaying. Games, people. I’m talking about games. At Labyrinth (sheesh!). Four different role playing games will be run from 1-5pm: A Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition game, most appropriate for beginners and those new to role playing; Mutants & Masterminds 3rd edition, a superheroes game; Savage Worlds, a rules-lite system that can be adapted to a number of different settings; and Eclipse Phase, a science fiction game that blends Transhumanism and Call of Cthulhu-style horror. Wanna play? Send an e-mail with your 1st and 2nd game preference. For questions, call the store at 202-544-1059.
Wind up your evening at SOVA (1359 H St, NE) with a live performance at 9pm by Aaron Thompson, The Dimmer Twins, Caleb Stine and Teething Veils.
Sunday, June 5
As part of the Chef’s Move to School program, Sonoma’s new executive chef, Michael Bonk, has been adopted by Brent Elementary. Together, they are throwing a pig roast for Brent students and the Capitol Hill Community. Get your tickets here, then saunter down to the Brent playground from 1-6:30pm to enjoy an afternoon of good food with neighborhood friends.