Things to Do

Things To Do in DC This Week (July 10-12): A Panel About the Press and the White House, A Book About an Escaped Slave Turned Union Hero, and an Outdoor Concert Series at Strathmore

Strathmore’s free weekly outdoor concert series Live From The Lawn kicks off on Wednesday. Photo by Jim Saah.


BOOKS Author Cate Lineberry will be at Politics & Prose on Monday night to discuss her new book Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero. It tells the story of a slave named Robert Smalls who escaped from Charleston Harbor to freedom. He later became the first black captain of an Army ship and was elected to the South Carolina State legislature and the U.S. House. Lineberry will be in conversation with Michael Boulware Moore, Smalls’ great-great-grandson. Free, 7 PM.

SPORTS Host of Nats Talk Live, Phil Wood, will be at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History on Monday night to talk about the history of Jews in baseball who also served in the US military. Detroit Tigers first baseman Hank Greenberg served in the Army during World War II, and catcher Moe Berg served as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services. Free, 7 PM.


DISCUSSION Kramerbooks is is hosting a panel discussion of political journalists analyzing the changing relationship between the White House and the press. The panel will feature Peter Baker (chief White House correspondent for The New York Times), Dana Milbank (op-ed columnist with The Washington Post), and Julie Pace (Washington bureau chief for The Associated Press) and will be moderated by Maura Reynolds (senior editor at POLITICO and former White House correspondent for the Los Angeles Times). Free, 6:30 PM.

THEATER To celebrate Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th Anniversary Season, the company is presenting a production of Cabaret at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre, running from Tuesday through August 6. The musical has won numerous Tony awards since its 1966 Broadway debut. Recommended for ages 16 and up. $59 to $149, 8 PM with weekend 2 PM matinees.


MUSIC Strathmore’s free weekly outdoor concert series “Live from the Lawn” returns this year, starting on Wednesday and running through September 9. Previously known as Strathmore’s Free Summer Outdoor Concerts, the series features a variety of different musical styles; the first show features local Americana singer-songwriters Karen Jonas and Lauren Calve. Free, 7 PM.

BEER The Sovereign is tapping rare sour beers every Wednesday in July; this week’s special keg is Cantillon Fou’Foune, a two year-old Lambic aged on Bergeron apricots from France. In addition, the Sovereign will have a keg of Classic Gueuze and bottle pours of 2016 Kreik and Iris. Free to attend, 5 PM.