Culture Vulture

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

Monday, June 21
Looking for a quirkier kind of night? The Pink Line project presents Salon Contra: Creative Conversations with Creative Contrarians. The series, which brings together local artists and interesting characters in an informal setting, features a staged reading of The Anniversary, a dark comedy by Logan Circle Films. E-mail your reservation to salonfilms@pinklineproject.com for the exact location. 7 to 9.

Tuesday, June 22
Head to Commonwealth for a party celebrating the release of local hip-hop star Tabi Bonney’s latest mixtape, A Place Called Stardom. Bonney will be on hand for a special performance in the store. Enjoy the sounds of DJ Mick Boogie and DJ Stereo Faith. 8 to 10.

Wednesday, June 23
Catch The Fifth Element at the NoMa Summer Screen festival on L Street, Northwest, between Second and Third streets. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, and—let’s be honest—a portable fan to make the evening enjoyable. It may be cold in space, but it’s hot outside. 7.

Thursday, June 24
Love swing dancing? Rockville Town Square hosts the swing band the Joker’s Wild as part of its Concerts on the Square series. 6 to 8.

Friday, June 25
Check out an exhibition by the award-winning National Geographic photographer Maggie Steber at Smith Farm Gallery at its opening reception. Titled “Through Their Eyes: Haitian Artists’ Visions of Home,” the show also features the work of more than 30 Haitian artists. Enjoy a selection of light refreshments while you peruse the gallery. 6 to 8.

Saturday, June 26
Arrive at the Hilton Washington Embassy Row’s rooftop between 11 and noon for free admission to the Swim Meet, a day of swimming, grilling, and the World Cup on the big screen. Ladies who rock one-piece swimsuits get in free all day. 11 to 7.

Sunday, June 27
Today is your last chance to see the exhibition “Undecided: A Dialog Between Artist and Viewer” at the Del Ray Artisans gallery in Alexandria. The exhibition conceals the titles of the artists’ work and invites viewers to name pieces on their own. The gallery is open from noon to 6, and the reception runs from 5 to 7.

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