Things to Do

Things To Do in DC This Week May 23-25: Islands Brings its Peppy Indie Pop Sound to the Rock and Roll Hotel

Acclaimed indie pop Islands plays Rock and Roll Hotel with Lushlife on Tuesday night.


TENNIS: The best tennis players in the world are competing against each other in Paris for the French Open, the second of four Grand Slam tournaments this year. Join the Tennis Channel on Woodrow Wilson Plaza all week for live coverage of the matches, beginning this afternoon with some words about sports diplomacy by French Ambassador H.E. Gérard Araud. You’ll also be able to snack on French-inspired food from the plaza’s cafe as you view the games. Free, 11:30 AM.

EAT AND LEARN: FRESHFARM Markets is hosting a Makers Event at Mess Hall that’s equal parts eating, learning, and supporting sustainable agriculture in the area. Local vendors—including Chaia, Dolcezza and Green Hat Distillery—will be on-hand to help you create mouth-watering foods and drinks with all proceeds from the event going to FRESHFARM’s outreach efforts. $75, 6 PM. 

DANCE: The Whittemore House is hosting Argentine tango and folk dance lessons. Beginners and intermediate dancers are invited to learn how to tango, malambo, chacarera, and milonga. Drinks and empanadas will be available for purchase. Free, 6:30 PM.


BEER: There are two beer-related events to hit up on Tuesday depending on your post-work energy level. You can head over to EatsPlace for a beer class with their brewer-in-residence Grant Dickie, where a ticket gets you four 7-ounce pours of beer as well as some insider knowledge. If you just want to drink, though, you can attend Belga Cafe’s monthly beer dinner, which features beers from Brasserie de la Senne paired with delicious Belgian cuisine. $15, 6 PM/$69.

ART: Thanks to Cultural Vista’s Celebrate the Connectionsan arts exchange program between India and the United States—a group of artists spent two weeks touring Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi in an effort to cultivate community through art. Watch a short documentary about their experiences along with live spoken word, dance performances, and visual art from the artists that went on the trip. Indian food and drink from Pansaari will be available, too. 6 PM, donation.

MUSIC: You may know Nick Thorburn from the lo-fi indie pop group The Unicorns or his work on the music for Serial, the podcast for non-podcast people. His peppy, indie pop outfit Islands plays Rock and Roll Hotel this evening with Philly rapper Lushlife. $15, 8 PM.


ART: Learn about artist Linn Meyers and the vision for her work “Our View From Here at the Hirshhorn’s Meet the Artist series. The 4,800-square-foot piece took around 500 hours, 80 marker tips and 20 jars of ink to complete. Meyers first divided the wall into eight sections, and started section with a single line that evolved into the soothing, swooping patterns adorning the walls. Free, 6:30 PM.

YOGA: As of now, there’s a zero percent chance of rain for Wednesday. Enjoy it with some yoga, salad and Vitamin D as With Love DC is joining forces with Sweetgreen for an hour-long vinyasa yoga session in Dupont Circle. The first 50 to arrive will receive a free sticker and Sweetgreen salad after the class—all you have to do is bring your own mat. Free, 6:45 PM.