What to Do This Week: July 8 to 11

Check out Unstill Life at the Phillips and see Martina Hingis play with the Washington Kastles.

By: Jason Koebler

Monday, July 8

PARTY: The DC Hip-Hop Theatre Festival gets started tonight with an opening party at Marvin, featuring free food and drink specials between 6 and 8; special guest deejays will keep the party going all night. Free. 6 PM.

FILM: If hip-hop isn’t your thing, Crystal City’s outdoor movie festival continues with The Blind Side, the uplifting football drama that netted Sandra Bullock an Oscar a couple of years ago. Free. Sundown.

Tuesday, July 9

TENNIS: Washington’s most successful sports franchise, the Kastles, haven’t lost a match over the past two years. The team will be without Venus Williams, who dropped off because of an injured back, but her replacement, Martina Hingis, isn’t too shabby—she’s won five Grand Slam tournaments of her own. Hingis and the Kastles will take on the Boston Lobsters. Tickets ($35 to $60) are available online. 7 PM.

Wednesday, July 10

COMEDY: The Lygo comedy troupe takes over Codmother for a night of standup featuring Danny Rouhier, who hosts a pop culture show on 106.7 FM and used to be on the Tyra Banks Show with opener Becca Steinhoff. If you haven’t been to Codmother, it’s a hidden gem: The U Street basement always has $6 shot-and-beer combos, which can be dangerous if you’re not careful. $10 at the door. 6:30 PM.

Thursday, July 11

ART: The Phillips Collection hosts an opening party for Unstill Life, featuring the jarring works of French cubist painter Georges Braque. After getting your culture fix, head to the after-party at the brand new Malmaison in Georgetown, featuring a dessert bar, specialty cocktails, and live music and deejays until 2 AM.

Party: 5 PM, $22

After-party: 9 PM, $10

Combination ticket: $30, includes one drink

Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at jasontpkoebler@gmail.com, or find him on Twitter