Things to Do

What to Do This Weekend: July 5 to 8

Get a preview of the Capital Fringe Festival, become a burlesque dancer, and eat as much barbecue as you can handle.

Jazz in the Garden will now be Concerts in the Sculpture Garden. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user joelogon.

Thursday, July 5

FOLKLIFE: It’s hard to shake off all that patriotism you exhibited yesterday, but how about trying on other cultures for a change?
The Smithsonian’s
Folklife Festival continues today with a
celebration of all things (traditional) Hawaiian at the Morrill
Performing Arts Center—check out authentic
hula troupes and steel drum bands all day, before an evening
performance by an Azerbaijani band. Starting at 11 AM. See the
website for a full schedule of events.

CULTURE: If that’s too exotic, how about trying a little-known Japanese performing art known as “karaoke” at Sticky Rice? You’ll also
get to sample far-out beers such as “Pabst Blue Ribbon” for just $2 all night. Free. 9 PM.

Friday, July 6

JAZZ: If you haven’t checked out
Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery yet, what are you waiting for? With Independence Day firmly behind us, the summer will be over before
you know it. Friday, the
Afro Bop Alliance, an Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble, will be bringing their cool rhythms to the garden. Bring a blanket and get there early. Free.
5 PM.

FRINGE: Theater junkies, rejoice—Capital
Fringe Festival
starts next week, but you can
start planning Friday when 30 groups will perform four minutes of each
show at the Baldacchino
Gypsy Tent Bar. Grab one of seven beers on tap, snack on
meatball sliders, hot dogs, and hummus and pita, and check out what
you’re in for next week. Free. 7 PM.

Saturday, July 7

WINE: Ping Pong Dim Sum’s
Dragon Boat Festival is coming to an end, but
give it one last hurrah with the closing ceremony festival, where you’ll
get endless Realgar wine
at either location for $15. In Dupont from noon till 2 PM, you
can race miniature rubber duckies for the chance to win prizes.

BURLESQUE: Ever checked out the burlesque shows at Red Palace or elsewhere around the city and thought, “Hey, I can do that”? Now you
can—Jordin’s Paradise is hosting a
Moulin Rouge workshop all day. Start with a burlesque makeover, then learn some dance techniques before showing off your new moves with a party
at night. $35 per workshop or $75 for the entire day. Noon to 10 PM.

Sunday, July 8

CRABS: Even though we live so close to the
Chesapeake Bay, you probably don’t get out to the Eastern Shore as much
as you ought
to. Front Page is bringing the crabs to you with Crab
—you’ll get a dozen Maryland blue crabs and unlimited fixins for
$19.50 per person. If you don’t know how to crack a crab, now’s
your time to learn. 4:30 PM.

BLOCK PARTY: Jackie’s Restaurant in Silver
Spring has some of the best cocktails in the area, and the food is
nothing to scoff at, either. Enjoy both with
the all-you-can-eat indoor/outdoor block party and barbecue.
The menu includes ribs, chicken, bratwurst, potato salad, and
Mexican corn on the cob. Bring a dessert to enter in the
bake-off—if you’ve got the best, you’ll win a VIP dinner for two
at the restaurant. Tickets are $20; reserve by calling
301-565-9700. Noon to 3 PM.

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