Things to Do

Things to Do in DC this Weekend (August 18-21): Chuck Brown Day, A Pun Battle, and Panda Birthday Parties

Celebrate Bao Bao's birthday at the National Zoo this weekend.


COMEDY The volatile relationship between Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson and Megan Mullally’s Tammy 2 on Parks and Recreation will go down as one of the most calamitous marriages in TV history. But in real life, the two are a belovedly raunchy married couple unafraid to share their private details. Their stage show, Summer of 69: No Apostrophe, is part singing, part storytelling, and all revealing of what makes their partnership function. The show makes its way to the Warner Theatre tonight. $37.50- $57.50, 7:30 PM

MUSIC It’s been a long, muggy week: Take 5! in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard with the smooth sounds of The Josh Walker Ensemble. If the jazz music doesn’t soothe you, ArtJamz is setting up a pop-up studio for wannabe artists to unwind and get creative while the music plays. Free, 5 PM

COMEDY It’s shaping up to be a punderful night at Beltway Pundits, DC Improv’s pun contest. If you can’t turn off your punchant for this cheesy kind of wordplay, now is your time to shine. The evening will be broken down into two events: a Pun Battle, when participants will pack as many puns as possible into a two-minute “pun soliloquy” on a theme of their choice, and the Punger Games, where you’ll need to think up puns on the fly in “punder and lightning rounds.” $5 attend, $5 to participate, 7:30 PM


FOOD Truckeroo returns to Half Street Fairgrounds with nearly 30 of the area’s tastiest food trucks at your disposal all day, including Korean BBQ Taco Box, Rocksalt, Puddin, and That Cheesecake Truck. Since doors open around brunch time, it’s perfectly feasible (and probably acceptable) to partake in all three meals here throughout the day. 11 AM

BEER Half of Right Proper’s Brookland-area Production House will transform into an art installation when it hosts a one-night-only exhibition by artist Nima Veiesh. “The Hanging [Beer] Garden of Art” is a “floating art installation where patrons will get the chance to see how every canvas has two sides”—and sip on some beer as they do so. Some added intrigue: Veish, an abstract artist, has a condition called Hyperthymesia, a condition in which he has the ability to recall nearly everything that’s happened to him. 5 PM

RECREATION Enjoy the beauty of Theodore Roosevelt Island as you never have before, with a mile-and-a-half full-moon walk around the area led by the National Park Service. Be sure to stop by and say hi to Teddy. $20, 7:45 PM


YOGA Summer is more than half over, and you’ll want one last good chill-out session before September. If your body can’t leave the city, at least let your mind take a vacation at the Yoga Expo at the Washington Convention Center, part of a nine-city tour that features classes and workshops for all levels of downward-doggers. $35, 10:30 AM

ZOO Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays are close enough that we commemorate them on a joint holiday—so why should giant pandas be any different? Bao Bao, Bei Bei, and Tian Tian turn a year older within a week of each other, and to celebrate, the zoo is throwing a Giant Panda Birthday Celebration where visitors can watch the bears adorably devour a frozen-fruit cake instead of their customary bamboo shoots. Unlike Presidents’ Day, though, the pandas’ birthday is not a federal holiday—yet. Free, 11 AM

MUSIC Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown would have turned 80 this Saturday, and to celebrate, The Chuck Brown Band is busting loose once again for Chuck Brown Day. Hosted at his eponymous park at 20th and Franklin NE, it’s an afternoon of music, dancing, and remembering the beloved DC musician. Local acts Secret Society and Plunky and Oneness will be performing as well. Free, 3 PM


COMEDY Saturday Night Live’s Sasheer Zamata and actress Nicole Byer, who you’ll be seeing even more of on MTV soon, join forces for what promises to be a hilarious, no-holds- barred evening of comedy at the Black Cat. $18, 7:30 PM

MUSIC Ex Hex performs at Rock & Roll Hotel as part of its tenth anniversary celebration, featuring seven nights of shows (starting with this one). The band is fronted by DC native and Riot Grrrl pioneer Mary Timony, no stranger to the city’s punk past. The band’s blistering debut, Rips, recaptures that legacy, bringing a classic sound to the relatively young Rock & Roll Hotel. $25, 8 PM