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Things to Do in DC This Week June 15-17: The Book of Mormon, Best Coast, and AT&T Best of Washington

Here are the best events around town.

The Book of Mormon opens at the Kennedy Center on June 16. Photo by Joan Marcus.


DRINK: Five different punches, live music, and gluten-free pastries collide at this Secret Monkey Social Club event at the Dolcezza Gelato Factory. It’s $9 per pour, but free to get in. 8 PM.

TALK: Author Erik Loomis discusses his latest book at Busboys & Poets in Takoma. Out of Sight takes a close look at the harsh side of industrial production through two tragedies: the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911—considered “the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history”and the 2011 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. 6:30 PM, free.


STAGE: Broadway’s the Book of Mormon takes center stage at the Kennedy Center. The critically-acclaimed comedic musical—winner of nine Tony Awards—tells the tale of two Mormon missionaries who travel to Uganda to share their gospel. The production runs through mid-August. 7:30 PM, $43 to $250.

MUSIC: Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno—AKA Best Coast—bring their talents to the Merriweather Post Pavilion. The duo performs tracks from their latest album, California Nights. 7 PM, $25.


PARTY: It’s time for Washingtonian’s AT&T Best of Washington, a soiree at the National Building Museum, celebrating the best the city has to offer. More than 75 local restaurants serve up fare and cocktails at a bash where you can expect to see more than 2,000 celebrities, chefs, and foodies. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 6 PM, $125 to $175. (Don’t forget to stop by the after-party at Graffiato!)

FILM: The AFI-Docs film festival kicks off with a screening at the Newseum of Best of Enemies—a documentary about William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal’s live political debates on ABC News in 1968. Opening night tickets include a screening, discussion with the directors, and entry to the after-party. 7:30 PM, $50.

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