25 Jul 2019


To Do: Weekend of July 25th – 28th

Actress Kimberly Gilbert plays the title role in Tafferty Punk’s Richard III at The Folger Theatre

Well, hello my friends. I honestly can’t believe it is the LAST week of July. I hear reports of Halloween candy in area Targets. Go get your summer on. Here are a few ides.

Tonight, Apollo 13 screens as part of the Canal Park Summer Film series. Last week was all about the successful Apollo 11 trip to the moon but the near disaster of Apollo 13 makes for some tense drama. And Tom Hanks gets to say that famous line…

Less “summer vibe” and more “Washington” is a book signing at the Hill Center by New York Times Washington Correspondent Carl Hulse. Hulse will be discussing his new book “Confirmation Bias: Inside Washington’s War Over the Supreme Court, from Scalia’s Death to Justice Kavanaugh” with Washington Post’s Paul Kane. I am not emotionally prepared for such a conversation but for those stronger than I, the event begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10.

Friday, City at Peace performs Justus at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. This company has been working with DC young people for many years. Kids from all over the city spend a year working together and write and perform an original piece. The works are taken from their own lived experiences and are typically quite moving and entertaining. Get tickets and learn more here.

Saturday, The Wharf kicks off Shark Week with Shark Bites and Brews. From 2 to 5 p.m., all are welcome to ride a mechanical shark, slide down the monster shark water slide, and have a picture taken at the Winks Photo Booth.  Adults can purchase some themed beers while kids play pin the fin on the shark. What a time to be alive.

Cotton and Reed, the rum distillery near Union Market, hosts PEPINO, a pop-up by chef Christian Irabien, through August 18. The pop-up is preview of Amparo, which will be at the upcoming La Cosecha market and features ceviche-centered dishes. PEPINO runs from noon to 8 p.m.

Taffety Punk’s annual Bootleg Shakespeare happens again at the Folger. The actors will have not met to rehearse until that morning, They all show up, with their lines learned, and they put up the show in a day. Tickets are free and are distributed first come first served beginning at 6 p.m. The show begins at 8 p.m., and it’s Richard III, everyone’s favorite villain.

Sunday, celebrate Ward 6 Week at the Ward 6 Block Party. Hosted by Councilmember Allen’s office (full disclosure, I work there!) the block party is highlighting CM Allen’s proposal to make it easier to close streets for such events. The party takes place between 1pm and 3pm on
13th Street SE between K and L Street. There will be music, games maybe a fire truck… bring a dish to share and come out to meet some neighbors!

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