Things to Do

What to Do This Weekend: June 14 to 17

Celebrate National Lobster Day, channel your inner flapper at a Great Gatsby Ball, and hit up a no-pool pool party.

Chow down on massive Canadian crustaceans at the Palm in celebration of National Lobster Day. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Benson Kua.

Thursday, June 14

GALA: No offense, but the Georgetown Waterfront is usually a little too stuffy and bland to be worth sticking around after lunchtime.
That changes tonight at the
Art Metamorphosis Gala, when 26 artists paint
live, video screens show off art installations, and live musicians and
deejays make you dance. Nick’s
Riverside Grille and Tony & Joe’s Seafood will be serving
up apps all night. Presale tickets are sold out, but there may be
last-minute tickets available at the door. Free. 6 PM.

LATIN CULTURE: Fujimar restaurant and
IberoAmericaCulturaDC present a night of Latin American dancing and drinks, featuring an open bar with pisco punch, rum, wine, and beer; a deejay
blasting cumbia, salsa, and merengue; and a silent auction. $30 at the door. 8 PM.

Friday, June 15

LOBSTERS: The Maine lobby must be pretty imposing, because Friday is
National Lobster Day. Celebrate with a date at the Palm, where you can split a gigantic four-pound Nova Scotia lobster (that’s why I stay out
of Canadian waters), two starters, and two sides for $99.

FOOD FESTIVAL: For a kinda cookie-cutter suburb (look, I’ve been there, okay?), Reston has lots of good restaurants. So tonight’s
Taste of Reston is certainly worth the trip—you’ll get baklava from Midtown Kabob, sliders from the Counter,
pollo a la brasa from Pollo Peru, and lots of other
things. And what would a suburban food fair be without some mac and
cheese from a little
hole in the wall I like to call UNO Chicago Grill? Bring your
children or that kid you’re babysitting—there’s going to be
a carnival. Oh, and beer and wine tastings, too. Hope the kid
knows how to drive. $20 for 24 tastes. 3 to 11 PM; continues

DANCING: If you were of dancing age and in
Washington between 1996 and 2005 (I was not), you probably checked out
Red, a bangin’ club
that played disco, house, and lots of other stuff. I dunno, I
wasn’t there—but it’s got a great reputation, and some of its
most notable deejays, including
Doug Smith,
Sam “the Man” Burns, and
DJ Kostas spin tonight at U Street Music Hall, trying to bring back the magic. Free before 11 PM; $5 after. 10 PM.

Saturday, June 16

ART FAIR: Dupont is having a
craft fair, so you know what that means: time
to deck out your house with novelty salt shakers, lampshades with
attitude, and end tables
made from salvaged barn doors. Expect local artisans, junk
dealers, and organic farmers at this
1440 P Street, Northwest. 10 AM to 7 PM.

GATSBY: We know that
Great Gatsby
with Jay and ’ye got
you pumped and jealous you didn’t know any mysterious
millionaires back when you were a young whippersnapper on Long
Island in the 1920s. Well, luckily, you look like you haven’t
aged a day—the International Club of DC is hosting a
Great Gatsby Ball at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Wear your flapper dress, 1920s suit and top hat, or whatever else you can scrounge
up from the era. Tickets ($75) are available online. 9 PM.

POOL PARTY (JUST KIDDING): Personally, I think the best part of a pool party is, you know, the pool. But
Town Tavern is offering a free open bar from 8
to 10 PM, so I’ll allow their pool-less pool party to fly. Grab your
bikini and/or board
shorts and get there for specials on beers, mixed drinks, and
poolside standbys like frozen margs and Jell-O shots. Free.
8 PM.

DC Arts Center’s monthly variety show is Saturday night. This month, you get four local comedians, including
Will Hessler and
Kyle Martin, who are veterans of the local scene, plus the
Deb Felz Band, who sound kinda like Alanis Morissette. Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door. 10 PM.

Sunday, June 17

PIG ROAST: 14th Street’s
the Heights is hosting a pig roast on its
outdoor patio. You know what that means: pulled-pork sandwiches, gobs of
coleslaw, and . .
. pulled-pork pancakes? Sounds weird but potentially delicious.
Better be safe and try it out. 11 AM until the pig runs out.

KNITTING: Everyone I know who knits always makes crappy, shapeless hats, or maybe a sock every now and then if they’re feeling crazy.
But I know you’re different. If you want a relaxing Sunday, head to the Textile Museum for
Worldwide Knit in Public Day, which is apparently a thing. Anyway, the weather is supposed to be nice and you can learn how to knit or share secrets with
other knitting-needle experts. Free. 1 PM.

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