31 May 2024

The To Do List: Week of May 31, 2024

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Y’all. It’s been a couple of weeks around here, but the To Do List is back! Have fun this weekend!

PRIDE kicks off this weekend!!! I know you will be busy reading all about the early hours of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn and educating yourself on this important chapter of human rights activism (start here at the Library of Congress), but you should also have FUN. Here are four great ideas:

  • Kick it off at Wunder Garten in NoMa on June 2 with Disco Camp Fish! Tickets are here.
  • Support as you are by buying merch while they are still out of their location here.
  • Attend an event at Little District Books on Barracks Row. Click here for their June calendar of events.
  • And OBVIOUSLY, Capital Pride is happening! Click here to check out all the activities: Dances, parade, pool party, OH MY!

Barracks Row Main Street has Live, On The Hill concerts coming every Friday in June, as well as Taiko Drumming today at 5:30. Check out the full line-up here. FREE!

Support the Stuart-Hobson Middle School Drama department and attend one of their shows this week. The Drama Players bring James and the Giant Peach to life this weekend and you won’t want to miss. Tickets are $12 each, ($10 for kids under 14) and $40 for a family of four and you can buy them here. Support your local artists!

Also on Saturday, Mott’s Market will have an ice cream social from 12 noon to 2 p.m. There will be story hour, live music and more. Click here for more information. FREE!

It’s a Backyard Bubble! Photo courtesy of DOEE via Instagram.

Go to Frager’s on Saturday and catch DOEE’s Backyard Bubble, and learn about the hazards of poor air quality due to the tools you may use to work on your backyard. The event is FREE and goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.

On Wednesday, June 5, learn more about our beautiful Capitol through the eyes of a former Architect of the Capitol and his book Under the Dome. This is a joint event between the Hill Center and East City Bookshop. Tickets are $10 and you can buy them here.

On Thursday, June 6, commemorate 80 years since D-Day with a special concert at the Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial, organized by the Trust for the National Mall. More info and RSVP here.

The Stage at Union Station is full of performances this June! Here is a complete list:

  • Wednesday, June 5 — 12:00 PM — Cellist and Viola da Gamba player Amy Domingues 
  • Friday, June 14 — 4:30 PM — Cellist and Viola da Gamba player Amy Domingues 
  • Wednesday, June 19 — 4:30 PM — Jazz Saxophonist Herb Scott 
  • Thursday, June 20 — 4:30 PM — Jazz Saxophonist Herb Scott 
  • Wednesday, June 26 — 4:30 PM — Cellist and Viola da Gamba player Amy Domingues 
  • Thursday, June 27 — 4:30 PM — Jazz Saxophonist Herb Scott

Outdoor Movie Season

Spring and summer are outdoor movie season dates around the area. Here are a few (list will be updated):

OFF-HILL

Do you like gaming and STEM or know of someone who does? MET FEST is descending upon the Entertainment and Sports Arena Saturday June 1 from 11 a.m, to 7 p.m. More info and tickets ($30) here.

Tomorrow, Opera Italiana is in the Air! There will be an opera recital at the Lincoln Memorial starting at 6 p.m. FREE! More info here.

And if you’re a parent of littles, Truck Touch is the event for you. It’s loud, it’s overwhelming and it’s filled with service vehicles, and your kiddos will absolutely love it: Truck Touch is a petting zoo for the vehicles that make our city run. For more info, click here. FREE!

The Metropolitan Beer Trail kicked off a couple weeks ago but it goes through December! Get more info and get your beer and bike or walk on here.

The National Building Museum opens Capital Brutalism tomorrow. Take a loving look at some of our most polarizing, beloved architecture. (#teamBrutalism). Click here for more information and click here for tickets to the Building Museum.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts has an incredible new exhibit titled “New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024.” This biennial show highlights some of the boldest, most touching and creative work by women and women-identifying artists working right now. From a haunting multimedia exhibit about climate change to a powerful nude sculpture and self-portrait of an artist who’s a breast cancer survivor, the show takes viewers on a circular journey where the past is also the future. Highly recommend it! For more information, tickets and membership options, click here.

The National Portrait Gallery has an exhibit on view through June 3, 2025, called “Brilliant Exiles.” The exhibit, which takes over a large part of the second floor, focuses on mostly American women who emigrated to Paris between 1900 and 1939. During that tumultuous 40-year period, these migrants excelled in different areas. From writing, painting and dancing to publishing and interior design, these forward-thinking avatars pushed boundaries and found that Paris did not judge them for their womanhood or for being people of color or queer, but instead celebrated them and let them be. The exhibit is a carefully curated view of the women through their own eyes and, far more often than you might hope, through the eyes of important men in their lives. You can learn more and plan your visit here.

Treat Yourself

Sometimes the weekend shouldn’t be about running to everything, but instead should be about indulging. I recently was offered the chance to try out the Infrared Sauna at the new, beautiful Pure Sweat Studios. Yes, it’s in Georgetown (3345 Prospect Road NW), but that just means that you are committed to taking a day off. IR sauna heats your body up with infrared light and brings all the healthful schvitzing of a regular sauna but without the humidity that some folks can find oppressive. There are also gorgeous float tanks available. I didn’t try them, but they looked roomy, easy to access and really beautiful. Click here to find out more.

PLAN AHEAD

Love the idea of an intimate dinner with plenty of excellent wine or spirits flowing? These two are for you:

  • On June 10, join Irregardless DC, 502 H Street NE, and Women of Wine DC for a 4-course dinner with wine pairings from La Scolca. There will be seatings at 6:30 and 8 p.m. and the price is $150 per person. More info here.
  • And on June 12, join Beuchert’s Saloon, 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, for a special four-course dinner paired with cocktails made with Suntory Spirits. $150 per person. More info and reservations here.
  • Finally, if you miss Chef Kevin Tien, you can join one of his monthly suppers at Moon Rabbit, $120. For more information and to reserve, click here.

On June 14-16, celebrate Sycamore and Oak’s first birthday! Located in the heart of Congress Heights and an easy hop from the Hill via metro, Sycamore and Oak will have a three-day celebration festival! Friday will feature free tastings; Saturday will be a Homecoming Festival with elected officials and more; and Sunday will celebrate Father’s Day with brunch and fitness! Sycamore and Oak is a vibrant space for Black makers and a really fun place to explore on your way to a Mystics game too. Click here to learn more.

On June 18, head to the National Press Club for a very special reception celebrating Love & Whiskey, Fawn Weaver’s new book about Uncle Nearest, Jack Daniel’s master distiller, as well as family roots, overdue lauds and, of course, whiskey! Tickets are $120 for Press Club members and $135 for everyone else. Click here to learn more and purchase.

The Folger is officially back on June 21 (it’s like a Midsummer’s Night’s Dream!) and you will need passes to get in and enjoy the renovated and frankly *gorgeous* building. The passes are free but there is a suggested donation of $15 to help the Folger keep its mission alive and well. Click here for more info and passes for the 21 and all days thereafter.

Do you love barbecue? The Giant Barbecue Battle returns to DC on June 22 and 23 this year. Check out the guests and the fun and get pumped here.

Do you love mystery, cemeteries, theater, puzzles and MORE? Then you need tickets to Gentleman’s Gambit: A Prohibition Era Mystery at Congressional Cemetery. I won’t even try to explain the magic you’ll be privy to, but just click here and get your tickets. $50 per person.

On July 13, celebrate 50 years of Mary McLeod Bethune watching over our beloved Lincoln Park. The free celebration will have live music and more. Click here for more information.

And it’s not until July 27 and 28, but get pumped for the Broccoli City festival. This year, it’ll be at Audi field and the lineup looks very star-studded. Tickets are now on sale! Keep an eye on their website here.

Get pumped for RAMW’s Summer Restaurant Week, August 12-18. Click here and watch the space for a full list of participating restaurants!

The Because They’re Funny Comedy Festival, showcasing comedians of color, isn’t until September 27-29, but you can get your tickets starting May 1 here. Are you a young comedian? Why not submit a video to be considered for their Breakout of the Year contest? Click here for more info.

WEEKLY FUN 

At ReLume, you can make something beautiful and have fun while doing it! From candles to seasonal decorations to starting a new hobby, you can do it all there. This week, why not make your own candle? More info here.

Looking for something fun to do with your toddler? The Northeast Neighborhood library has Toddler Explorations on Mondays, from 11-noon. More info here.

A Sunday tradition, the Flea Market at Eastern Market is your one-stop shop for wonderful art, clothing, cosmetics and more. Follow them on Instagram here.

Mr. Henry’s is THE place to listen to jazz on the Hill. They have performances FOUR nights a week! Check out their calendar of events here.

On Monday evenings, Trivia Kings takes over Barrel for trivia night. For more info, click here. (They also host trivia nights all over town.)

On Wednesday evenings, make it trivia! Two Girls Trivia runs a quiz at Fight Club starting at 7 p.m. For more information and quiz hints, check out their Twitter, @twogirlstrivia.

Labyrinth has great events almost every night of the week, except for Monday. If you’re looking to demo board games or enjoy some of your favorites with old and new friends, check out their event calendar.

Every Thursday and Friday, Kelly’s Irish Times has comedy! The Batting Cage Comedy show starts at 8 p.m. and is free on Thursdays. More info here.


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