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Things to Do in DC This Weekend July 9-12: Dierks Bentley, Janeane Garofalo, and Dear Evan Hansen

Here are the best events around town.
Janeane Garofalo performs at the Black Cat on July 10. Photograph by Steven Dewall.

THURSDAY, JULY 9

FESTIVAL: Prepare for a sensory overload as the annual Capital Fringe Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary—and its brand new Florida Avenue headquarters. Each year, Fringe premieres more than 120 contemporary works of art, bringing creative innovators together to perform and connect. Get a full list of events here.

COMEDY: Boomerang, Wayans Bros. and Boondocks funny man John Witherspoon takes over the DC Improv with a bang… or, shall we say, a “Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!” The veteran comedian performs six shows through Sunday. 8 PM, $25.

FRIDAY, JULY 10

COMEDY: Comedian/actress Janeane Garofalo takes the stage at the Black Cat for one night. Known for her dry humor, she is as popular for her standup as she is for acting roles in The Truth About Cats and Dogs and Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion. 9 PM, $25.

MUSIC: Country star Dierks Bentley comes to Jiffy Lube Live, singing tunes off his 2014 album, Riser, which is also the same name of his new single—a slow song about perseverance that’s more “Say You Do” than “Drunk on a Plane.” 7 PM, $31.25 to $56.

SATURDAY, JULY 11

MUSIC: Mint Condition, known for “Breakin’ My Heart,” perform at the Fillmore, offering ‘90s hits, as well as music from their latest album, Music @ the Speed of Life. 8 PM, $35.

BOOKS: It’s been 20 years since the world was first introduced to Dionne and Cher—the stars of the ‘90s comedy blockbuster, Clueless. Jen Chaney, author of As If: The Oral History of Clueless As Told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew, discusses the influence of the pop-culture classic at Politics & Prose. 6 PM, free.

SUNDAY, JULY 12

MUSEUMS: Stop by the Freer and Sackler Galleries for the Vietnam’s Ceramics Depth and Diversity exhibit, which includes 23 items, including ancient cooking, transport, and ritual vessels. 10 AM to 5:30 PM, free.

THEATER: Starring Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect fame, Dear Evan Hansen debuts at Arena Stage for a month-long run. The story centers around Evan Hansen, whose life would be just fine if he could only prevent a secret from ruining everything. 2 PM, $50 to $90. 7:30 PM, $55 to $70.

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