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What to Do This Week: July 29 to August 1

Grab a free smoothie, destroy some art, and visit ArtJamz’s After Hourz & Artz Bazaar.

Paint and shop at ArtJamz’s After Hourz & Artz Bazaar. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Monday, July 29

FILM: Screen on the Green continues with Norma Rae, which features Sally Field as a textile factory worker who rebels against her bosses after being subjected to poor working conditions. As always, things get started at dusk, rain or shine. Get there early to snag a good spot. Free.

POETRY: A group of DC teens affiliated with Split This Rock—a slam poetry troupe that focuses on social justice and other societal issues—will be performing at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. A few of the poets will eventually go on to perform at the group’s annual festival in March, so now’s your chance to discover them. Free. 6 PM.

Tuesday, July 30

MUSIC: Queen Bey is in town. Tickets are sold out but it’d feel wrong to not mention the fact that royalty is arriving—if you want to get in, you can pick up tickets on StubHub for around $100, which is close to face value. 8 PM.

ART DESTRUCTION: The Dunes’ Art Crimes: Misappropriations is closing—if you haven’t checked it out, this is your last chance to see these works because whoever attends gets to DESTROY them. Everyone will sign a waiver, be handed power tools (after a happy hour, of course), and be asked to get to work. The authors, Gregg Deal and Joseph Asher Hale, will be on hand to explain why they’re deciding to end things this way. Free. 6 PM.

Wednesday, July 31

FREE SMOOTHIES: Public service announcement: Jamba Juice’s free smoothie day is this week, so sneak out of work (and hope there’s not an epic line) and head over to the couple remaining locations in DC (a few closed recently). There’s one on 19th Street, one in Union Station, and one in Bethesda. Free. 12 PM to 6 PM.

GYPSY MUSIC: The Hamilton hosts Portland, Oregon’s Vagabond Opera—expect cabaret, Balkan gypsy music, a ton of accordion, standup bass, and belly dancers, proving that opera isn’t just for the classy. $17. 7:30 PM.

Thursday, August 1

ART PARTY: Dupont Circle’s ArtJamz is hosting its After Hourz & Artz Bazaar—besides a canvas, a Teavine (alcoholic tea) for inspiration, and access to all of the studio’s paints, the night will feature works from professional artists, deejays, and live painting displays. Tickets ($15) are available online. 9:30 PM.

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

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