Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (July 11-13): Modest Mouse, Podcasts, and Late-Night Museum Parties

Modest Mouse (pictured) and Brand New play Merriweather Post Pavilion July 12.


FILM Sure, the long-awaited sequel Independence Day: Resurgence can be considered a critical failure. However, the movie’s visual effects are undeniably cool, and will be even more so when seen in IMAX 3D at the Air and Space Museum. You can also catch the flick at Air and Space July 14. $18.50, 4:10 PM and 6:30 PM

PODCAST With Metro’s SafeTrack plan in effect for the foreseeable future, there’s plenty to talk about as WAMU 88.5’s Metropocalypse podcast goes live at Kramerbooks. WAMU reporter and podcast co-host Martin DiCaro is looking to hear your questions, concerns and insanely frustrating SafeTrack stories, which might be used in future episodes. For those of us bearing the brunt of these “safety surges,” it promises to be a cathartic evening. Free, 6:30


FOOD & DRINK DC brewery heavyweights Ocelot Brewing Company and Bluejacket release their highly anticipated collaboration with a special tasting at Rustico. Ocelot’s founder and head brewer will be pouring and informing about four Ocelot beers on tap as well as their venture with Bluejacket, an imperial IPA called “Raised on Promises.” $35, 6:30 PM

COMEDY The Upright Citizens Brigade, the improv theatre troupe responsible for kickstarting the careers of comedy greats like Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon, plus Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, comes to Woolly Mammoth Theatre for the first multi-run performance outside of New York in its 30-year history. The show, We Know How You Die, changes each night as the improv masters create a long-form show about the story of “your” life. You can catch it until July 31. $15-$45, 8 PM

MUSIC We may be “strangers to ourselves,” as the title of the most recent album by Modest Mouse (above) suggests, but you’d still definitely remember whiling away a summer to the indie-rock band’s 2004 track “Float On” or soothing your angsty soul to co-headliner Brand New. Spread a blanket on the grass outside Merriweather’s amphitheater and enjoy the highs and lows of both. $55, 7 PM



PODCAST This live version of the Slate Political Gabfest podcast at the Warner Theatre—hosted by Atlas Obscura’s David Plotz, Emily Bazelon of the New York Times Magazine, and Face the Nation host John Dickerson—may just be the last public round of civil discourse before the major parties’ nominating conventions. At least until they start talking Trump. $23- $33, 7 PM

MUSEUMS Check out the National Building Museum’s latest interactive installation, ICEBERGS, at the “Under the Surface” after-hours party. Learn about the latest in arctic research from polar scientists while NASA shows off the tools they use to measure sea ice. Plus, enjoy tunes spun by DJ DeRico alongside drinks and food from Hank’s Oyster Bar. $16, 6 PM