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What to Do This Weekend: June 19 to 22
Wine festivals, a geek chic fashion show, and Washingtonian’s Fit Fest.
Thursday, June 19
DANCE: Legendary Canadian deejay A-Trak is at 9:30 Club tonight bringing out some of his A-Tracks, which mostly layer electronic music and bleeps and bloops over hip-hop beats. Tickets ($25) are available online. 7 PM.
FILM: The Angelika pop-up at Union Market tonight plays Supermensch, Mike Myers’s documentary about Shep Gordon, one of Hollywood’s most infamous managers. If you’re an intern and can prove it, tickets are $9 and include free popcorn and nachos. For the rest of us, tickets are $10.50 and include nothin’. Showtimes and tickets available online.
HEALTH: Artisphere hosts BuddhaFest, a “festival for heart + mind,” featuring meditation, film screenings, lectures, and music. Tonight, there’s an opening reception with food and drink, followed by a talk by Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline, who will talk about how he reduced stress. Then there’s a screening of Blood Brother, about a man who moves to India to live with those who seemingly have nothing. Tickets ($30) are available online. 5:30 PM.
Friday, June 20
FILM: One of the best looks at public relations spin, big business, and big tobacco, the hilarious Thank You for Smoking comes to Rosslyn’s Outdoor Film Festival. Despite its outdoor nature, you can’t smoke there. (Thank you.) Free. 8 PM. For more outdoor movie options, check out our guide.
THEATER: See a play while still enjoying the outdoors, as the Fat & Greasy Citizens Brigade presents Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on the lawn of Georgetown’s Grace Episcopal Church. Free. 7 PM.
COMEDY: Wonderland Ballroom continues to host “You, Me, Them, Everybody,” an every-once-in-a-while live talk show featuring local comedians, bands, and personalities. You likely aren’t familiar with the guests, but that’s half the fun. Free. 7:30 PM.
Saturday, June 21
FITNESS: Join us for Fit Fest, our first women’s fitness event, at American University’s Bender Arena. We’ve selected some of the best fitness instructors in the area to teach classes all day, and there will also be fitness vendors and panels on health and nutrition, running, and everything else you’d want to know about getting healthy. Tickets ($25) are available online. 9 AM to 2 PM.
WINE: Head out to Alexandria for its Food and Wine Festival, featuring at least five vineyards, lots of restaurants (including Walker’s Grille, Alexandria Cupcake, and Trademark), food vendors selling stuff you can take home, and events for the kids. $20 for eight food tasting tickets, $20 for unlimited wine samples. Noon to 5.
WINE 2.0: If you’re more on the Maryland side of things, or the Red Line suits you better, Silver Spring is doing just about the same thing, except with more than 70 pours of wine, Asian barbecue, seafood, local strawberries, and Maryland wines, which you don’t hear too much about. Tickets ($31) include unlimited wine tasting and are available online. 2 to 7 PM.
MUSIC: It’s the solstice—celebrate with a night outside (and partially inside) at Sofitel Washington Square. The Fête de la Musique features music from all around the world, food, drink, a live jazz band on the patio, and a deejay and dancing inside at the bar. Dress fancy. Free all-ages program from noon to 4, $15 after 6 PM.
FASHION: Being geeky is cool now, so come see how the nerds dress at the Geek Chic Fashion Show at St. Stephen’s Church. Fantom Comics and PollySue’s Vintage Shop provide the nerdiness, which comes in all sorts of fashions, including cosplay, nerdy street style, high school fashion, and lots of Hogwarts outfits. $5. 7 PM.
Sunday, June 22
SOCCER: After a thrilling (if a bit shocking) victory over Ghana earlier this week, the US Men’s National Team takes on Portugal, who will probably be missing Ronaldo—so we’ve actually got a shot. Fado is probably a good place to watch it—beers are five bucks, and the place is going to be a madhouse. Free. 6 PM. Find more watch-party options here.
CARS: It’s not often you get to see a street race in DC—not one without a cop on the other end, at least. Volkswagen’s Rallycross DC changes that—there’ll be live racing on the grounds of RFK Stadium featuring food, music, and freakin’ race cars. Tickets ($25) are available online. 2 PM.
Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find him on Twitter.