Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend May 28-31: William Shatner, Chuck Palahniuk, and a Spanish Bash

Here are the best events around town.

“Untitled (Mother)" is featured in Thomas Allen Harris' film, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. Photograph by Lyle Ashton Harris and Thomas Allen Harris.


Dance: Watch A Streetcar Named Desire at The Kennedy Center where the Scottish Ballet offers its rendition of Tennessee Williams’ famed play, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary. The performance, recommended for those 16 and older, marks the dance company’s first visit to the Washington venue. $30 to $108, 7:30 PM.

TALK: Fight Club fans, get ready to learn more about Tyler Durden, the character played by Brad Pitt in the 1999 film. (Which is based on a 1996 novel by the same name.) The book’s author Chuck Palahniuk comes to Sixth & I for an evening including a Q&A, games, and more. The $35 admission fee includes one signed copy of his latest, Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread. 7 PM.


MUSIC: UK musician Jack Garratt brings his talents to DC9 for one night. Since the 2014 debut of his popular single, “I Couldn’t Want You Anyway,” the singer has made his mark on the music world with hits like “Chemical” and “The Love You’re Given.” $12, 7 PM.

POP CULTURE: Get your fill of sci-fi, fantasy, martial arts, WWE, and comics when Awesome Con invades the Washington Convention Center for a weekend event. William Shatner, George Takei, Ralph Macchio, and Kristin Bauer van Straten will dish on their memorable roles. $80 for a three-day pass, May 29 to 31.

THEATER: The Bowie Playhouse begins its run of the Broadway favorite Kiss Me, Kate. The Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of a production of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew—and the off-stage drama that follows. $22, 8 PM.


EXPLORE: Learn about the Society of Cincinnati ($10), Dupont Circle’s abandoned, underground trolley station ($25), the Congressional Cemetery ($12), and how early Washingtonians protected the city ($20)—all during Obscura Day 2015, a worldwide event that’s all about finding adventures in your own backyard.

DRINK: Tour de Fat returns to DC as bikers take to the streets and enjoy beer, food, games, and more. This year’s festival includes a dance contest, a performance by Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, and vaudeville acts. Put on your favorite costume and enjoy the fun at Yards Park. Donations welcome, 10 AM.


TALK: Thomas Allen Harris explores how photography has shaped the identity of African-Americans in Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. He’ll be at the National Portrait Gallery discussing the film. Free, 4 PM.

DANCE: Stop by the Strathmore for a taste of flamenco, tasty tapas, and sangria. The Feria De Seville, based on the annual Seville Fair in Andalucía, will transport attendees straight to Spain. Free, noon.

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