And we have reached peak DC summer. Blazing temperatures and a wacky scandal are consuming our conversations. While many of you will prefer to be inside this weekend, for the intrepid few there will always be outdoor concerts and movies.
Tonight, the Arboretum’s free concert features the neo-soul sounds of Deja Belle, an international singer/songwriter from Kinshasa, Congo who currently resides in DC. Concerts begin at 7pm and guests should enter through the R Street gates. Leave the dogs and booze at home but picnics are welcome.
Friday is a good opportunity to check out this year’s Fringe Festival. I’m thinking about My Lack of a Social Life at 7:30 p.m. at the Atlas. The story told through juggling and comedy examines the questionable life choices of someone who decides being an entertainer makes sense. As a former puppeteer, this one speaks to me, but you may choose otherwise. Options galore.
Congressional Cemetery’s Cinemetary is back with some film noir picks this year. This week’s feature is The Maltese Falcon. BYOB and chairs and blankets and enjoy the Humphry Bogart classic. Gates open at 7:30 and the film begins around 8:30. Suggested donation is $10 unless you come early for a twilight tour.
Saturday is everyone’s favorite free ice cream event, DC Scoop Ice Cream Social. Local ice cream entrepreneurs offer free tastes of their wares and the attendees all vote for their fave scoop. The free event is from 1 to 4 p.m.at Dock 5 at Union Market. The air conditioning will hopefully give you a chance to taste the cold treats before they melt into a puddle of sweet goo.
Sunday at 1o a.m., join the nerds from Atlas Obscura for a tour of Hidden Union Station.
The Grand Opening Open House for Realignment Studio is this Sunday, July 16 from 3-5 p.m. Please stop by to meet their team, preview the space, and enjoy good food, drinks, and live music.
The small but mighty Emerald Street NE hosts Emerald Street Day with a streetwide block sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a potluck.
The Hill Center offers another Sunday Supper: Fried Chicken Picnic at 1 p.m. with chef Wendi James. Watch her demonstrate preparing some favorite picnic dishes and then enjoy the fruits of her labor on the lawn. BYO picnic blanket. Register here.
Don’t forget to hydrate and have a wonderful weekend.