21 Jun 2024

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The To Do List: Week of June 21, 2024

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Celebrate 150 years and a true rising from the ashes this weekend!! More info here.

Happy Solstice! Bask in the heat and light of the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and enjoy doing something fun — whether inside or out.

I’d like to start this To Do List by saying how happy I am that Pupatella Pizza is finally open on the Hill (they opened on June 17). We hope you take some time to enjoy their authentic Neapolitan pizza and enjoy some gelato or a cocktail on their patio. What a lovely addition to our neighborhood– tanti auguri!

And the Folger Shakespeare Library is reopened after a short construction hiatus. Enjoy the galleries and the new coffeeshop, Quill & Crumb. You will need tickets if you want to come on right through– otherwise, you may have to wait in line to come into the library. Worth noting: It’s free to enter the Folger, but there is a $15 suggested donation to help keep it beautiful. Book tickets here and learn more about the new cafe here.

Let’s keep celebrating 150 years of Eastern Market! The Strength in Neighbors weekend is this weekend! Celebrate with a dance, many activities and more things to celebrate our community. Learn more here.

It’s still PRIDE month!!! If you haven’t yet, read about the early hours of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn and educate yourself on this important chapter of human rights activism (start here at the Library of Congress). Don’t forget to have FUN. Here are some ideas:

  • 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.
  • Catch Wunder Garten’s last Gay Gardens happy hour on June 25. More info here.

Sorry, did you say you wanted to watch the Presidential Debate coming up on Thursday, June 27 in a complete and total #thistown kind of atmosphere? Of course you do, and the only place to do it up in style is one of our favorites, Union Pub! Vote with your liver in the Red Vs. Blue drink poll, order an “Orange is the New Orange” and put yourself in your bartender’s capable hands by letting them give you a mystery shot. The fun starts in the afternoon, but the debate is live at 9 pm, so get there early.

Check out Bright Bear Yoga, a new yoga studio that’s Hill-adjacent, at 1000 Florida Avenue NE. Book a class here.

Barracks Row Main Street has Live, On The Hill concerts coming every Friday in June as well as other fun events, like a chess tournament! Check out the full line-up here. FREE!

The Stage at Union Station is full of performances this June! The remaining performances are as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 26 — 4:30 PM — Cellist and Viola da Gamba player Amy Domingues 
  • Thursday, June 27 — 4:30 PM — Jazz Saxophonist Herb Scott

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 soccer? Us too! Catch all the excitement of Copa América at Wunder Garten starting June 23. Click to RSVP for their first watch party, USA Vs. Bolivia, here.

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is holding an opening reception for their Art Faculty Exhibition on June 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The art show, showcasing instructors’ art exclusively, opens June 22 and goes through July 20, 2024.

Do you love chats with your favorite authors? East City Books has two upcoming chats, one on Wednesday, June 26 and one on Friday, June 28 that are both available in person and online. Click here for author Ashley Poston and click here for author Alicia Thompson.

Psst! Want to do something good for a little animal who needs you? How about helping Rural Dog Rescue with some Frontline for kitties and doggos? Click here to donate.

OUTDOOR MOVIE SEASON

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

OFF-HILL

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 has a new exhibit called Capital Brutalism. 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 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

Do you love mystery, cemeteries, theater, puzzles and MORE? Then you need tickets to Gentleman’s Gambit: A Prohibition Era Mystery at Congressional Cemetery happening June 29. 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 June 29, come out to Audi Field for the Washington Spirit’s Pride night. More details and tickets here.

Also on June 29, SPLASH into the Anacostia with Anacostia Riverkeeper. You can get tickets starting JUNE 10 AT NOON. More info here.

Want to help clean up our beloved H Street? There will be a cleanup on June 29, starting at Irregardless DC on 5th and H NE. Volunteer by filling out the form here.

And WAY WAY into the future, apply for the Downtown Holiday Market HERE!! The application is due July 13.

By the way, keep the Downtown Holiday Market for DC and managed by Diverse Markets. Sign the petition here.

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 

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.

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.

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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