THURSDAY, JUNE 16
ART: The Freer and Sackler Galleries are celebrating their latest exhibit “Painting with Words: Gentleman Artists of the Ming Dynasty with a Summer Open House. Come for Chinese brush painting by ImaginAsia studio, calligraphy demonstrations, and poetry readings courtesy of Busboys & Poets. In addition, food trucks will be available and curator-led gallery tours are on the agenda, too. You can catch the exhibit until July 24. Free, 5:30 PM.
DRINK: History of Hops at the Heurich House offers the rare chance to drink their 2013 collaboration with DC Brau— Heurich’s Lager—while learning about the Christian Heurich Brewing Company. Your ticket includes a tasting of the beer—brewed like it was in the 1870s—snacks, and a tour. $30, 6:30 PM.
FRIDAY, JUNE 17
MUSIC: Celebrate the physical release of Radiohead’s new album A Moon Shaped Pool at Songbyrd Record Cafe in Adams Morgan as part of the band’s international Live From a Moon Shaped Pool event. It’ll include a live stream of a recent performance and hand-picked playlist of songs from lead singer Thom Yorke based on his “office charts.” Also come for special prizes, like figurines from the “Burn The Witch” video, prints from album cover designer Stanley Donwood, and a 35mm celluloid print of Paul Thomas Anderson’s video for “Daydreaming.” Free, noon.
FILM: The season of outdoor movie nights is finally upon us. Head over to the Congressional Cemetery for a showing of the 1950s Bette Davis classic All About Eve. Bring a picnic basket, a blanket, and a little wine for a relaxing evening. $10 suggested donation, 7 PM.
COMEDY: Everyone is welcome to take part in the pomp and circumstance (and maybe whiskey shots) that comes with Church Night at the Black Cat. The series parodies suburban church services and features comedians and performers from all walks of life. Friday’s entertainment features Baltimore-based comedy and video collective Wham City. $12, 8 PM.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18:
MUSIC: The Lamont Street Collective is holding a benefit concert for those affected by last week’s horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, featuring local LGBTQ musicians and allies allthebestkids, Dope Francis, Foster Carrots, Julie O., and Park Snakes. $10 suggested donation, 7 PM.
PARTY: Brightest Young Things and The National Museum of American History are here to make this election cycle seem less terrifying and exhausting once again with their soiree We The Party People. The after-hours party features DJing by 80s legend Biz Markie, cocktails and food vendors, historical artifacts (including currency with Martha Washington’s face on it), as well as politically-themed demos and discussions. Prepare to “party like it’s 1899.” $30, 7 PM.
MUSIC: Come out to The Yards Park to support Mark Meadows—a DC-based pianist/singer/composer whose band (Mark G. Meadows and The Movement) is one of three finalists DCJazzPrix, a new competition for up-and-coming jazz bands that’s part of the DC Jazz Festival this year. The band is the only local group chosen from this national competition, in which the winner will be awarded a $15,000 cash prize and a main stage 2017 DC Jazz Festival paid engagement. $45, 2 PM.
SUNDAY, JUNE 19
COMEDY: The Drunk Show comes to Shaw’s Right Proper Brewing Company for a day of comedy that embraces your worst nightmare: peaking in public while drunk. Local comedians will perform one round of comedy totally sober, and then another one after getting a under the influence. $15, 12:30 PM.
EAT: Instead of grabbing a stereotypical steak and bourbon dinner for Father’s Day, take your dad out for a family-style pig roast at Boxwood Winery. The Virginia-based vineyard is teaming up with The Whole Ox Butcher Shop for a delicious farm-to-table way to celebrate the most important man in your life. Your ticket includes three glasses of Boxwood wine, grilled items, and dessert. $85, 5 PM.