Saturday, July 25: The Capital Hip-Hop Soul Fest takes over Marvin Gaye Park (enter at Foote Street and Division Avenue, Northeast) starting at 11 AM today. Last year’s show featured two stages for rap performances, a demonstration stage that showcased local dance troupes, and a fashion show. This year, expect appearances by DC-based Head-Roc and the band Godsheus, international rapper Substantial, and Baltimore’s the 5th L. For directions and further information, click here.
The Nats have gotten so bad that the Bullpen, the outdoor bar/frat-game area across the street from the stadium might feature more athletic prowess than the on-field action. From 12:30 to 5:30 Saturday, warm up for the game with Battle of the Biceps, a strong-man (and woman!) competition featuring such time-honored sports as keg tossing, fast pitching, and arm wrestling. Ten bucks for charity gets you admission, and live music and drink specials will help fuel your puny arms.
Derek Brown is one busy man. In addition to overseeing the speakeasy bar the Gibson and penning a cocktail column for the Atlantic Monthly Web site, he teaches cocktail lessons at CulinAerie. For today’s lesson, titled “Death to Mimosas,” Brown will demonstrate how to make alternative daytime drinks, such as the Ramos Gin Fizz and the Morning Glory. The price for ridding your weekends from bad bubbly? $85. The class is limited to 24 people; those interested must register by Friday. For more information, click here.
Extra Golden, a band of American and Kenyan musicians, seamlessly fuses traditional African pop music (called benga) with rock elements. Among the band’s repertoire is the song “Obama,” written to thank the then Senator from Illinois for helping its Kenyan members obtain visas to play in the US back in 2006. Check out the band—and openers Black and Tan Fantasy Band—at the Black Cat. $12; 9 PM.
Senses will be on overdrive at Liv Nightclub (above Bohemian Caverns in DC’s U Street neighborhood) for Graffiti Rhapsody, a multimedia show featuring live music, exhibits, and body art. Tickets are $10. The show starts at 5. Artists interested in having their work featured can reserve a spot by calling 301-706-0882.
Curious about what goes into a good beer? Follow the Virginia Ale Trail straight to Dupont Circle’s Brickseller Saloon, where four local brewers will explain the process and dole out samples of their beers. The event, which costs $82 per person, runs from 1 to 4:30. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.