Things to Do

What to Do This Weekend: June 13 to 16

Watch politicians play baseball, draw a live model, and listen to stories about fatherhood.

Photograph via Flickr user The West End.

Thursday, June 13

INSIDE BASEBALL: America’s representatives play America’s pastime tonight: Lawmakers such as Ed Perlmutter,
Jared Polis, Rand Paul, Joe Barton, John Carney, and Bill Shuster take the field at
Nats Stadium for the annual
Republicans vs. Democrats baseball game. The GOP has a slim 38-36 lead in the head-to-head record, so go see if the Dems can pull
to within one game. $10. 7:05 PM.

New Republic reporter Alec MacGill, who also wrote
This Is How the NRA Ends, will discuss the gun control movement at Busboys and Poets’
Progressivism on Tap night. Refreshments will be served. Free. 6 PM.

BURLESQUE: Bier Baron hosts
Gurlies on Tap, a night featuring “cold beer and hot burlesque,” which is pretty self explanatory.
No particular beer specials, but as Bier Baron has hundreds to choose from, we’re sure
you’ll find something that goes well with the four dancers who will take the stage.
$10. 9 PM.

Frank Caliendo, of the super annoying TBS commercials and show, is performing all weekend at the
DC Improv. Caliendo is a master of impressions, you’ve probably seen him on the Super
Bowl, essentially every late-night talk show, or MadTV. Tickets ($30) are available
online. 8 PM.

Friday, June 14

National Geographic is turning 125 (and she still seems like she’s in the prime of her life). The mag
is partnering with someone much younger, Brightest Young Things, to celebrate with
a ridiculous
party at Nat Geo
. The entire museum will be open (they’ve got a pirate exhibit going on now), the
Knocks—who, last week, may or may not have exposed what Daft Punk looks like under
their masks—will deejay, and National Geographic experts will give quick talks about
science-y stuff. You’ve also got sword swallowers, a Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator,
standup comedy, and, of course, a photo booth. Tickets ($25) are available online.
8 PM.

ART (PARTICIPATORY): The American Art Museum is hosting
Drawing at Dusk
, a sketch lesson featuring a live model for you to draw. You’re also free to explore
the museum and sketch whatever seems to strike you. The museum will provide drawing
supplies. Free. 5:30 PM.

ART (OBSERVING): Black Cat hosts another
Super Art Fight, which features teams of artists performing improv-style, with audience suggestions,
random chance, alcohol, and other-player-interference playing a huge role in what
goes down. It’s a huge mess, and it’s a ton of fun. $15.
9:30 PM.

DANCE: If you ever listen to rap stations on the radio during rush hour, you’re familiar
DJ Quicksilver, who makes those crazy mixes for people with ADD, that manage to somehow keep me
sane during rush hour. He’ll be at Woodrow Wilson Plaza for an impromptu dance party
thrown by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, spinning foo woo, swing, ’80s,
and probably a lot of new hip hop. Free. 6 PM.

THE EARLY 2000s: New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men are playing a concert at the Verizon
Center. In 1999, this show would cost, like, $300. Today, tickets on Stubhub are less
than $20. Do with that information what you will. $15 to $80. 7 PM.

Saturday, June 15

STORYTELLING: Eight dads will tell their favorite fatherhood stories at “Wait Til Your Father Gets Home,” Speakeasy DC’s celebration of dear old dad in anticipation of his big day. As always,
the stories are a mix between the heartbreaking, the heartwarming, the comical, and
the just plain weird. Come ready to laugh, but don’t be surprised if you end up crying.
Tickets ($22) are available online. 7 PM and 9 PM.

BOOKS: For one more weekend, the Southwest DC Public Library hosts its
book sale
. Most books are only a dollar or two, with paperbacks going three for a buck. Great
for some last-minute Father’s Day gifts. 10 AM to 2 PM.

BOOK SIGNING: Speaking of Father’s Day, if you haven’t checked out
Drew Magary’s

Someone Could Get Hurt
, his new memoir on 21st century parenthood, do it now. The Deadspin and GQ correspondent
is one of the funniest and most prolific writers we’ve got today, and my mom says
he’s right about what it’s like to be a parent, which is disturbing because it sounds
like half the time he’s annoyed as hell with his kids. Sorry mom. The DC-based author
will be signing copies of the book and talking about it at Politics and Prose, then
heading out for drinks somewhere nearby afterwards. $25 (includes book). 6 PM.

The Roots play a rare non Jimmy Fallon show at Kastles Stadium, which is always an exciting
venue to check out. Questlove is also going to deejay at the
Howard Theatre afterwards, so, if you’re so inclined, you can check out both.

Roots: $35-$75, 6:45 PM.

Questlove: $17.50, 11PM.

COMEDY: Legendary comedy troupe
Upright Citizens Brigade
hits Sixth and I this weekend—launched in Chicago in 1990, the improv and sketch
team has launched the careers of Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, and Horatio Sanz, so if you’re
at all into checking out stars before they blow up, you probably shouldn’t miss it.
Tickets for the early show are sold out, but there’s still a few left for the late
one. Tickets ($20) are available online. 10 PM.

Sunday, June 16

POOL: Call your dad! Now that you’ve done that, head over to Capitol Skyline for their

Adult Swim pool party. The parties are about as Vegas as DC gets, so pretend like you’re a high roller,
and act like you belong. Expect lots of loud dance music and free flowing (but not
free costing) drinks. Free with RSVP. 11 AM.

PARTY: The Brixton gets into the Sunday Funday spirit with the
House That U Built, a party that acts like it’s a Saturday night on a Sunday afternoon. Four deejays
will spin house music on the bar’s rooftop, just make sure you don’t drink so much
that you’re spinning Monday morning. Free. 2 PM.

AIR SEX: The Rock and Roll Hotel
Air Sex Championship
is exactly what it sounds like. Solo performers (no partners) have two minutes to
show their moves. Those moves are included but not limited to “meeting, seduction,
foreplay, and intercourse.” If you are exceedingly brave, you can participate, otherwise
you can go to laugh and feel super uncomfortable. Tickets ($10) are available online.
8 PM.

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