Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (July 31 – August 2): Crabs at Nationals Park, Women in the Military, and Nashville in Concert

Stars from the CMT series Nashville will be at Wolf Trap on Tuesday performing music from the show. Photograph by Christie Goodwin.


FOOD Nationals Park hosts Crab Feast on the Field, allowing fans to consume Old Bay-steamed Maryland blue crabs, potatoes, and unlimited Budweiser and Bud Light while a broadcast of the Nationals’ game against the Miami Marlins plays on the scoreboard. Tickets $75-$125 (children 2-12 $30; 2 and under are free), 6 PM.

MUSIC Singer-songwriter Gillian Welch will be at the Kennedy Center performing her 2011 Grammy-nominated album The Harrow & the Harvest in its entirety, to celebrate a new reissue on vinyl. In addition to her solo albums and her work with her musical partner David Rawlings, Welch performed on two songs on the soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou?. $38, 8 PM.


MUSIC The cast of the CMT series Nashville will be at Wolf Trap, performing songs from the show as well as original songs and covers. The tour includes Clare Bowen (“Scarlett O’Connor”), Chris Carmack (“Will Lexington”), Charles Esten (“Deacon Claybourne”), and Jonathan Jackson (“Avery Barkley”) performing with a full band. Tickets $32-$75, 8 PM.

BEER ChurchKey celebrates the DC debut of San Diego brewery Council Brewing. The bar will have 13 beers from the brewery on tap, including 10 selections from its Béatitude Tart Saison series (featuring fruits such as prickly pear, guava, and black currant) as well as a hazy, New England-style IPA called Questionable Advice. 4 PM.


DISCUSSION Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning on the Jewish calendar that commemorates the tragedies in the history of the Jewish people. In observance, the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center hosts a panel discussion titled “We Remember: Global LGBTQ Communities in Crisis” to bear witness to LGBTQ communities facing persecution around the world, including the recent wave of detention and torture of gay men in the Chechnya region of Russia and the impact of the global LGBTQ refugee crisis. The panel features Jeremy Kadden of the Human Rights Campaign, Rachel Levitan of the immigrant-assistance group HIAS, Jesse Bernstein of the US State Department, and Beni DeDieu Luzau, who fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004 to avoid imprisonment for his advocacy work on LGBT issues. James Kirchick, a journalist and visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, will moderate. $10, 7 PM.

BOOKS While women have officially been allowed to serve in the military only since 1917, they’ve fought in every war in US history. The new book It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan, edited by retired naval officer Jerri Bell and former Marine Corps officer Tracy Crow, presents a range of excerpts from diaries, letters, oral histories, pension depositions, and published and unpublished memoirs that tell the story of women in the American military. Bell and Crow will be at Politics & Prose on Wednesday night to discuss the book. Free, 7 PM.