Thursday, July 25
MUSIC: Art Soiree takes to the rooftop of the Beacon Hotel for its live performance series. This week
features the smooth sounds of Ihsan Bilal, a classically trained R&B artist. Take
advantage of the happy hour, which runs from 5 to 7 PM. Bilal takes the stage at 8,
and the party runs all night. Free. 5 PM.
GLOBAL DOMINANCE: We’re glad the British are feeling a bit better about that whole beating them in two
wars a couple hundred years ago thing—otherwise the
Young Britons Foundation wouldn’t be holding its Transatlantic Toast to Liberty, a chance to knock back a
couple drinks at One Lounge with our former colonial leaders. Just don’t bring up
the Boston Tea Party; I hear that wound’s still a little fresh. Free. 6 PM.
ART: With so many art galleries in town, it’s no wonder DC is a hotbed for young talented
Nclud is putting five to the test by giving them on-the-fly design tasks—only one will
be crowned champion. Free. 6:30 PM.
Friday, July 26
MOVIE: There’s just two more weeks of the
DC Drive-In movie theater, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, do it now. This week you’ll
The American President, starring Michael Douglas as the aforementioned president and Annette Bening as a
lobbyist. When the two fall in love (Douglas is a widower), they have to deal with
the scandal surrounding their relationship. The drive-in theater features all the
amenities of Union Market, special giveaways and contests, the DC Rollergirls as carhops,
and more. If you don’t have a car, picnic tables are available. Free. 7 PM.
Wilson Tavern is summering it up with its Seersucker and Sundress party, featuring drink specials,
a silent auction, and special summery cocktails. Proceeds go to We Will Survive cancer.
Tickets ($25) are available online and include one drink and a raffle ticket. 5 PM.
DANCE: So do we all agree that Daft Punk’s new album was a bit of a letdown besides the couple
of smash hits? Well, either way, they’re not the only French deejays making hits—head
U Street Music Hall for a French house music night. There will be plenty of music from the robotic ones,
but you’ll also hear some lesser-known musicians and some indie dance classics. Think Liberation Dance Party
with a bit of an international vibe. Tickets ($10) are available online. 10 PM.
Saturday, July 27
ROCK FOR KIDS: For the past week, campers at
Girls Rock! have been learning how to set up their own rock bands, and now they’ll show off their
stuff at a special early show at 9:30 Club. Bring your kids to inspire them to become
rock stars—children under 8 get in free. Tickets ($10) are available online. 10:30
ROCK FOR ADULTS: Head back to
9:30 at night for a rare all-locals night, featuring the instrumental rock band Black
Clouds, up and comers and SXSW performers Shark Week, and a couple other local punk/hardcore/indie
rock bands. Tickets ($15) are available online. 6 PM.
DANCE: It’s not unusual to see guys hit the town wearing a suit, but you get a lot of grays,
blacks, and navy blues. Not anymore—the Howard Theatre’s
Neon Tuxedo Disco is exactly what it sounds like—pick up a retro electric lime suit (or at least a
crazy bow tie) and head over for a night of sweaty, colorful dancing. Tickets ($39)
are available online. 8 PM.
Drink the District is taking over a block on New York Avenue this weekend for a beerfest. For $30, you’ll
be able to grab unlimited samples of more than 50 beers. As with all of these sorts
of events, the city’s best food trucks have got your stomach covered. Tickets ($30)
are available online. 3 and 7 PM (also Sunday).
FARMERS MARKET: Union Market is hosting its first
Farm to Street party, a local food festival featuring more than 125 vendors, farmers, restaurants, and
drink makers. Bring some extra helping hands to help you stock your kitchen. A $5
donation is suggested, and can be made online. 1 PM.
Sunday, July 28
is a documentary following the story of Oliver Percovich and Sharna Nolan, who headed
to Kabul in 2007 to set up a coed skateboard school. The school has been massively
popular and has given the youth of Kabul some hope in the face of more than a decade
of war. The doc will be screened at Tropicalia and will be followed with deejay sets
and a silent auction. $10. 8 PM.
BEER AND LOCAL FOOD: 3 Stars Brewing is throwing another
Artists and Artisans party, featuring local restaurants, farmers, mixologists, craftsmen, artists, etc.
Think of it as a farmers market featuring really good beer. Tickets ($10) are available
online and include a special tasting glass and one beer. 1 PM.
Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at email@example.com,
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