Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend (July 14-17): Mussels, Free Ice Cream, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream Art Party

Union Market’s Dock 5 is once again transformed into an ice cream social, as part of the sixth annual DC Scoop. Photo credit: Travis Vaughn


CRAFTS Petworth’s creative workspace the Lemon Bowl presents The Art of Paper Cut Outs as part of its workshop series. With the help of a professional artist, attendees will get creative and learn the best techniques for paper cutting and collage, and check out examples of different types of paper cut work. $50, 6 PM

COMEDY Though he’s made a name for himself over the past 40-plus years through hilarious, memorable roles in the Friday series and on the cartoon adaptation The Boondocks comic, John Witherspoon is also a beloved standup comedian. Catch him at DC Improv July 14 through 17. $27, 7:30 PM


FOOD & DRINK It’s mussels, waffles, frites and beer galore—the seventh annual Belgian Restaurant Week runs Friday through July 21. Along with mouthwatering prix-fixe deals from restaurants like Brasserie Beck, Mussel Bar & Grille, Belga Café and BToo, there will be various Belgian-inspired events throughout the week—Mussel Throwdown, anyone? Various dates, times and locations

DANCE Even if you don’t follow dance, you’ve likely heard of Misty Copeland, a child prodigy who became the first African-American prima ballerina with New York’s American Ballet Theatre last year. The 33-year-old comes to Washington to dance the role of Juliet on the second night of this trio of performances of Romeo and Juliet at Wolf Trap (July 14-16) set to Prokofiev’s score. Copeland performs July 15; Hee Seo and Gillian Murphy take on the part the other two nights. $20-$95, 8:30 PM

MUSIC If you can’t decide between Beyonce and Destiny’s Child, look no further than POP THAT at the 9:30 Club, a dance party that trades hits between 2000 and today. Enjoy an all-genres dance party featuring both your favorite throwback ’00s tracks—think M.I.A. and Fall Out Boy—plus more recent ones, promising to have something for everyone. $10, 9 PM


DRINK Denizens Brewery Company is celebrating two years of bringing unique craft brews to the area with an anniversary party featuring live music from energetic rockers Mother’s Oven, giveaways, and, of course, delicious beer. 5 PM

ART Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to life like you’ve never seen it before at Art Soiree’s MidSummer Night’s Dream: Body Art and Fantasy Costume Show at Liaison Hotel. As part of the organization’s Art Fusion Series, costume and body artists will be getting into the fantastical, fairy spirit as they become their own canvas. A live DJ and fire and hoop performer will also perform, making for a party that Puck would definitely approve of. $10-$20, 8 PM

MUSIC It’s the end of an era: local bluegrass mainstays the The Seldom Scene say goodbye to the band’s last original performing member, banjoist Ben Eldridge, at the Birchmere. Formed in 1971 in Bethesda, the Grammy-nominated pickers have played the White House and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and have been joined onstage and in the studio by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Ricky Skaggs. On this night, they send off Eldridge—age 77—in a gig welcoming back two retired founding members, bassist Tom Gray and vocalist/guitarist John Starling. $29.50, 7:30 PM


FOOD Cool off with some free—yes, free—ice cream at the DC Scoop Ice Cream Social on Union Market’s Dock 5. Local vendors including Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Ruby Scoops and Pops by Haley will be sampling a wide assortment of frosty, sweet treats, from ice cream sandwiches to popsicles to “soda shoppe-style scoops.” Free, 1 PM

DRINK Drink and dance for a good cause. Dupont-area Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garden is hosting a Pulse Nightclub fundraiser, with 25 percent of all sales going to the OneOrlando Fund, which supports victims of the shooting and their families. No cover, 7:30 PM