Culture Vulture

A weekly roundup of interesting—and most important, free—cultural events around town.

Tuesday, June 8
Catch an outdoor screening of the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It at the field at Harrison Recreation Center (1330 V St., NW; 202-673-6865). The film is being shown as part of the U Street Movie Series, sponsored by the Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, the U Street Neighborhood Association, the Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1B, and Midcity Business Association. 8:30 to 10:30.

Wednesday, June 9

WETA shows Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham & the American City, a feature-length documentary about the famed architect and urban planner. The screening will be held on the Mall at Fourth Street; Burnham was a pivotal force in redesigning the Mall in the early 20th century. 8:30.

Thursday, June 10
The Golden Triangle Summer Concert series continues with a reggae performance by Jah Works in Farragut Square. Bring a blanket and relax on the grass after a day at the office. 5:30 to 7:30.

Friday, June 11
Take in a performance by the Quamon Fowler Quartet at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre. Fowler, an award-wining tenor saxophonist, performs with his group as part of the International VSA Festival, which celebrates artists with physical and mental disabilities. Reserve your free ticket here. 7:30.

Saturday, June 12
Get a jump-start on Father’s Day and bring Dad to the Butcher’s Block in Arlington for a free grilling demonstration with Brabo chef Chris Watson and Bill Martin, owner and operator of Martin’s Angus Beef. Get tips about meat selection and grilling and learn about ranch life and raising cattle. Brabo wine-and-beverage director Leah Dedmon will also be on hand to suggest beer pairings. The event is free, but reservations required. Call the store at 703-894-5253 or e-mail salena.zellers@braborestaurant.com to reserve your spot. 1 to 3.

Sunday, June 13
Get ready for music, food, and rainbows at the Capital Pride Festival, which takes place today along Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown DC. (The parade, another big draw, is the day before at 6:30 in and around Dupont Circle.) Enter at Seventh and Pennsylvania Avenue to gain access to beverage gardens by Nellie’s, a family section with games for children and parents, and three stages featuring musicians from across the country—including newly out-of-the-closet country singer Chely Wright—DJ music, and drag performances. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 11 to 6.

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