Last week I declared we had reached peak summer and now…did you just check the date? It is almost August and my summer bucket list is giving me major side-eye as I type.
Get out there! I know it is evil-hot but Summer. Is. Coming. For. Us., so we might as well acclimate.
Tonight, author David Burr Gerard reads from and discusses his latest work at East City Bookshop. The Epiphany Machine is a tragicomedy about accountability in contemporary America. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free. Learn more here. (Updated: we goofed and put the wrong date but mark your calendar for this great event NEXT week! Thursday, July 27)
Keep the kids up late for tonight’s free concert at the Arboretum. This week features kiddo favorites Rocknocerus. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and the gates open at 6 p.m. You know the drill for these: no dogs, no booze.
Help bring clean water to women in need AND enjoy some local music. Stella Artois and water.org are partnering up for the Buy a Lady a Drink campaign by selling limited-edition Stella Artois chalices for a $20 donation. The proceeds from each chalice sold provides five years of clean drinking water for a woman in a developing country. To help support this year’s campaign, three local bands fronted by female leads will host a series of concerts on Capitol Hill featuring a different signature chalice for sale at each show. First up, White Ford Bronco will play at The 201 Bar today. Doors open at 5 and the event runs from 6-9 p.m. Light fare and drink specials will be available. For $60, you can enjoy a VIP experience and receive a Limited-Edition Stella chalice AND unlimited drink and food in a private area during the show. Learn more about the project here.
Friday, the soon-to-open natural wine bar Dio headed to H Street is hosting a wine tasting at CHAW (Capitol Hill Arts Workshop) from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Maria gave you all the low down here. Owner Stacey Khoury-Diaz will lead the tasting and share information on growing techniques. RSVP here.
Start your Saturday night on H enjoying a concert at the Starburst Plaza. The plaza at the intersection of H, Benning, Bladensburg, Maryland, and Florida is hosting a series of Saturday night shows during the summer. This week the Jelly Roll Mortals will bring their American Indie sounds to Northeast. The concert begins at 8 p.m.
Saison Wafel Bar at Union Market celebrates its first Annual Wafels and Beer Celebration in honor of Belgian National Day, July 21st. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Walloons and wannabes (Wannaloons? –MHC) will be serving Duvel Singel and Ommegang Rosetta along with serving Belgian Braadworst and Frites on Neal Place. Happy Nationale feestdag van België/Fête nationale belge! ??
Sunday, beer historians Michael Stein and Peter Jones of Lost Lagers continue their class on home-brewing historic recipes by exploring Pre-Prohibition Era beer. The class will include some recipes and something called a half-mash. Sounds like a delightful way to spend a sweltering Sunday. The class is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $85, brewing materials included. Register here.
Whatever you do, make it a good one. Take that, calendar side-eye.