Monday, June 4: It’s your last chance to catch some Bard for free as the Shakespeare Theater wraps up its groovy, ’60s-style production of Love’s Labor’s Lost for the Shakespeare Free For All. Carter Barron Amphitheater (16th Street and Colorado Avenue, NW), 7:30 pm.
Let’s not kid ourselves: When the name Ryan Gosling comes up, most people think Hollywood heartthrob who turned in a crush-worthy performance in The Notebook. But the Oscar-nominated actor is also an activist, and he’ll be in town to discuss US policies towards Uganda. The event is at 6:30 pm at the Center for American Progress (1333 H Street, NW); you must RSVP here.
Benjy Feree brings his rollicking, foot-stomping folk-rock to the Black Cat (1811 14th St., NW). $8; 9 pm.
Tuesday, June 5: The Washington Jewish Music Festival got rolling over the weekend and continues through June 10. Tonight, Talat, a group that plays jazzy and original interpretations of klezmer, a type of historic Jewish music, are at the DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th Street, NW) at 7:30 pm. $15. Check out other festival events here.
Wednesday, June 6: For just $10, you, too, can gain admission to the 9:30 Club (815 V St., NW) to see the sure-to-be-thrilling regional US Air Guitar Championships. The area’s finest performers will show their stuff in an epic battle. 7:30 pm.
Thursday, June 7: It’s Thursday—must be happy hour time. Head over to Tapatini’s (711 Eighth Street, SE) on the Hill, where top-shelf martinis are $5 from 5 to 9. Starting at 9, a sponsored liquor is on the house.
Anonymous art is the name of the game at the Flashpoint Gallery (916 G Street, NW) this evening. The Washington Project for the ArtsCorcoran invited ten area artists to create two-by-two-foot pieces and then ask nine more artists to do the same. The results will hang in the gallery without identifying information. Buy a piece, and you won’t learn who the artist is until afterward. The show’s opening reception is from 6 to 8 pm.
Lavender Diamond is big news—just check out this recent New York Times profile of the group’s lead singer, Becky Stark. But if you go to the Black Cat back stage (1811 14th St., NW) at 9 pm, you can catch Stark and her mates while the group’s trippy folk-pop flies under the radar—for now. $10.