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Summer read nights! (multiple dates), tunes: Upchuck (7/24), Joan Baez at 6th & I (7/31), Balloon Day Block Party (8/24)

Wednesday July 10

Tomorrow and Tomorrow, but this event is today

Join author Gabrielle Zevin in conversation with Angie Kim as Zevin discusses her novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. Get tickets to go irl and get a signed copy of the book or join online! (7pm)

Reading and Writing Toward Freedom

DCPL and the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy present a panel on racial equity in literature and literacy education, featuring award-winning authors Ellen Oh, Glory Edim (who are both local!) and Ibi Zoboi. (7pm)

Also || tunes: Anastasia Coope / Nighttime / Wheatie Mattiasich / m. cole, TedXLogan Circle Happy Hour, reading & writing towards freedom, tunes: Taisha Estrada, author talk: Vicki Valosik, film: Love & Friendship, Cocktail Popup, Sundeck Summer Reads, beer at Shelter

Thursday July 11

Capital Fringe? When’s Capital Bowlcut 

Capital Fringe festival is back, featuring entirely original theatre, dance, and unclassifiable productions with 150 cast and crew members. Thursday’s shows include Next/Level  a dramedy about modern dating (all on a stuck elevator)! (7pm) and The Perfect Immigrant about Levi, who leaves Nigeria for a new life in Dublin, and encounters adulthood and the migrant experience all at once. (6:35)

Drinks and Dominos 

Celebrate renowned domino artist and YouTube sensation Lily Heesh’s residency at the museum by joining for a happy hour and domino-building activities! Lily and her team will be sharing tricks of the trade! (6pm)

Also || 2024 Capital Fringe Festival, fiber art by women lecture, Mother Earth Art Exhibition, LOTR Trivia, tunes: Good Enough for Government Work (covers), author talk: Alex Mell-Taylor, queer hyperpop night, talk: Democracy in Retrograde, talk: fiber art, DC Museum of Sidewalk Stuff: Mutual Aid Stories, DC Book club and trivia, beer debut!,free beer and stand up, Fort Reno Park concerts

Friday July 12 

Race and Justice in Fiction and in Life

ONE DC presents an evening discussion with author and racial and labor justice activist Bill Fletcher Jr. on his work and how literature unpacks important social truths. (5:30pm)

Yes and???

Join comedian Erick Acuña and some of DC’s funniest improvisers for “Who Did It?” an improvised murder mystery. The audience will set up a crime scene, then laugh as two detectives investigate the case. (8:45pm)

Well, I'd like to be with you, And you know it's Friday too

If your mind’s tired from working hard all week (ooh-ooh all week) then get your friends ‘together again’ to see Janet Jackson at Capitol One Arena - last time I checked there were still $30 tickets available! (8pm)

Also || Elemental Arts Festival, tunes: Gilsons, After Hours Karaoke, gardening & public safety, Fridays at the Fountain, new beer at ChurchKey, Free Folger Friday w/ artist Kokayi

Saturday July 13

Every body is beautiful

Hear from DMV-area storytellers tell true stories about body image and finding peace in their bodies at The Body Show, covering topics ranging from disability and weight changes to trans identity. (2:50pm and 8:55pm)


Drafts and Crafts 

It’s year two of your favorite beer and art festival! Featuring dozens of local craft beverage producers and artisan makers in DC’s first small-scale producers (indoor) festival. (12-4pm)

Also || tunes: Elrow, Comedy Karaoke Trivia Funtime, Laugh Quest 2009, Jazz in The Parks: Integriti Reeves, tunes: gum.mp3, tunes: E / Shadow Riot / New Passengers, Fantasy Tavern, Latin Music fundraiser for migrant aid, come watch Gaelic Football and Hurling, standup Bardar Tareen: Why Are You Brown?, theater: The Body Show, Hilarity to Fight Homelessness, comedy: Sammy Obeid

Sunday July 14 

*to the tune of Benny and the Jets* Granny and the boyssss

Your favorite house-band-fronted-by-a-90-year-old is playing at Showtime! Come get some good cash-only drinks and enjoy iconic covers. (5pm)

  • Prefer mixology to dive bars? Try this custom cocktail class led by a Netflix-featured DC bartender! (here)

Poetry Night for Palestine

Gaza Champions matches pen pals with families in Gaza, and some of their local participants are teaming up with local artists and Poets for a Free Palestine for an evening of poetry, music, and stories, with proceeds benefiting Palestinians displaced by the ongoing genocide. (6pm)

Also || Totally Tubular Festival, book talk: Sarai Johnson, death cafe, paper quilling workshop, anticapitalist book exchange and writing workshop, tunes: Fanoplane / San Kazakgascar / Weed Tree, tunes: Massie, Green Way Reading Series, market at Doubles, workshop: paper quilling, Poetry night for Palestine, R&B Club: Neosoul, improvised murder mystery, Folger Book Fair, Bastille Day Georgetown walking tour

Monday July 15

Space girrllllllllllll

Artist Frances Forever took off after their hit Space Girl blew up on Tik Tok. Now after the release of their incredible album Lockjaw they will be performing at the Atlantis! (6:30pm)

Socialize, more like socialzine

It’s a meet-up for comics and zine makers at the library! Meet at the Labs of MLK to talk zines, zomics, trade zines, or use it as an accountability meetup to work on your own projects! (5:30pm)

Also || Spy Camp (week 1), free fitness class at the Water Park

Tuesday July 16

Moon landing conspiracists beware, astronauts are known to throw hands

Former NASA administrator the Honorable Charles Bolden Jr. tells all in a fireside chat where he’ll discuss his time as a NASA astronaut! Talk about out of this world!! (6pm)

Music for the end of the world

If you want to embrace your nihilism and ennui set to the ultimate dreampop soundtrack, dive right in to Indie Rock band (and 2010s Pitchfork darlings) DIIV, who will be playing at Howard Theatre. (doors at 7pm)

Also || tunes: DIIV, art talk: Isaac Julien, Profs & Pints: When Fish Walk


7/17: The Great Donut Debate, tunes: Picture Rather Muted / TL0741 / Jeff Surak, clown: ha ha ha ha…, film: Sense & Sensibility, tunes: Cary Wimbish, Polio, Disability Activism, and Diplomacy, beer night at Shelter

7/18: Jazz at SAAM, Wonka at Audi Field, tunes: Terrain + Patrick Duffy, HIPS at 30: 30 Shades of Pink, casual singles night, Bravo trivia night, new beers at The Sovereign, creative writing workshop, Green Drinks DC

7/19: Carly Rae Jepsen @ Nats Stadium, tunes: Have a Nice Life, tunes: ETA, tunes: The North Country, live comedy w/ Anthony DeVito, Fridays at the Fountain, improvised comedy show, Chamber of Comedy, ShawnMikael[s] and Friends, La bohème, The Body Show, 00s dance party

7/20: Hamilton singalong, live tour: Pink Collar Jobs, film: Godard’s Nouvelle Vague, arts + feminism wikithon, tunes: Austin Loman Group, workshop: Indigo & Shibori 101, massive domino topple, Girls Rock! DC Summer Camp showcase!, Electric Kingdom, how video game design can support social justice, comedy: Rahmein Mostafavi, improvised murder mystery, family: Cultural Literacy through Puppets, fun-raiser for Bloomingdale, tunes: WAND, The Body Show

7/21: tunes: Lambrini Girls w/ Pickaxe (DC), tunes: We Are Killing Pixies, mental health impacts on climate change, The Body Show

7/22: author talk: Rebecca Fraimow, doc: Godard’s Cinema, circling, Profs & Pints: America’s Birth Certificate, free fitness class

7/23: virtual tour: Hookers, Healers, and Heroines, comedy: Gianmarco Soresi, author talk: Andrew Motion, Profs & Pints: Folktales of Summer Forests, tunes: JChris

7/24: Clevland Night Market, tunes: Sec., film: Pride & Prejudice, tunes: Lonny Taylor, Amari’s next step, tunes: Zach Mason

7/25: tunes: Hana Vu, tunes: Bushmeat Sound, Champagne Chic ($$$), Cleveland Park night market

7/26: line dancing at The Parks, tunes: Grex / ¡FIASCO!, brat dance party at The Howard, book: The War Within (about Jan 6), author talk: Jive Poetic, Ghostbusters in concert, Cuban salsa night, free concert, tunes: Previous Industries (feat. Open Mike Eagle)

7/27: SAAM Arcade 2024!, film: Hang Sangsoo’s On the Remembrance of the Turning Gate, theater: Noises Off, tunes: blink-182, Zinemaking workshop, Occipital Fashion Festival, Kids World, the Counterbalance (mini-music festival feat. DMV artists in go-go, R&B, punk)

7/28: film: Sangsoo’s Tale of Cinema, tunes: Lianne La Havas, Bluejacket Kolsch Fest, tunes: Granny & The Boys

7/29: tunes: Jessica Pratt, Profs & Pints: Understanding Trauma, free fitness class

7/30: Profs and Pints: Japan’s Most Feared Women

7/31: Joan Baez - 6th & I, talk: art of Tommie Smith, film: Emma, tunes: Jane O’Neill, tunes: Swanky Kitchen Band


8/2: Jane Austen Ball, pop-up book club, free outdoor show, Forklift First Friday, doc + talk: James Baldwin & “The Price of a Ticket”, doc: girlhood, race & gymnastics, African Diaspora International Film Festival

8/3: tunes: H Sinno, art inspired by James Baldwin, youth poetry workshop, tunes: LESSON ZERO, Taylor Swift dance party

8/4: 6th & I NJB+ Pageant, film: Sangsoo’s Night & Day, tunes: "Eve Essex / Animal, Surrender! / Mary Regalado", documentary: One Person, One Vote + talk with Jelani Cobb

8/7: tunes: Black Eyed Peas, tunes: Sounds of the City, free outdoor fitness 

8/8: Wild Women of Watergate, tunes: Magic Tuber Stringband + others, tunes: Kid Congo Powers

8/9: tunes: the LOX, tunes: Bacchae (album release), Noam Keim at Lost City, queer culture night, free outdoor music, beer release party, Emo Night Brooklyn

8/10: Comedy Karaoke Trivia Funtime Show, Jazz in The Parks, film: Sangsoo’s In Another Country, Girls Rock! DC Showcase, learn about pop-up books

8/11: live tour: Herstoric Portraits, Death Cafe, tunes: Granny & the Boys

8/12: free outdoor fitness class

8/13: tunes: Five for Fighting, tunes: Kenny Pirog & Larry Ferguson, tunes: UB40

8/14: tunes: Primus, tunes: Driven to Clarity

8/15: tunes: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Jazz at SAAM, TedXLogan Circle Inaugural Event, tunes: L.O.S.T., James Baldwin & creative writing workshop

8/16: TedXLogan Circle coffee, tunes: New Kids on the Block, free outdoor comedy, outdoor tunes 

8/17: film: Sangsoo’s In Front of Your Face, 6th & I: Melissa Fitzgerald and Mary McCormack, dance theatre workshop, tunes: Chameleons

8/19: tunes: Daniel Romano, free outdoor fitness class

8/21: tunes: Washed Out

8/22: Summer Beach Party comedy show, Heritage film festival

8/23: 80s night at The Parks, Arab Music and Poetry Night, outdoor tunes, tunes: Korchfest

8/24: tunes: All Time Low, author talk: Jeffrey Everett, tunes: Chimes of Bayonets

8/25: tunes: Granny & the Boys

8/26: free outdoor fitness

8/27: tunes: Caldwell Gray


9/1: tunes: Peter Hook & the Light

9/4: Jew-ish standup comedy, tunes: Allen Stone

9/5: tunes: Charly Bliss

9/6: podcast: Old Gods of Appalachia, comedy: TaTa Sherise, tunes: Amen Dunes, tunes: the Dismemberment Plan, Dance Yrself Clean dance party

9/7: live tour: Herstoric Callboxes, tunes: Nick Mulvey, Jazz in The Parks, comedy: TaTa Sherise, tunes: Angela Winter, Hump! film festival

9/8: tunes: the Lemonheads

9/9: tunes: Nicki Minaj, tunes: Built to Spill

9/10: book talk: Tanya Olson and Doritt Carroll, tunes: IO

9/12: tunes: JOSEPH, MOTHER of all comedy shows

9/13: Open House at The Parks, Washington Writers’ Publishing House reading,

9/14: Celebrate Petworth, Sense of Tumor cancer comedy show, Comedy Karaoke Trivia Funtime Show, Judge John Hodgman Podcast, tunes: DeVotchKa, tunes: Buckethead

9/16: author talk: Rebecca Nagle, tunes: the Airborne Toxic Event

9/17: author talk: Chris Koslowski, author talk: Richard Brady

9/18: tunes: Glen Hansard

9/19: tunes: Deerlady, Atlantic Festival. tunes: Old 97s

9/20: NMWA: Suchitra Mattai

9/21: Hirshhorn Ball

9/24: virtual tour: Sculpting HERstory, tunes: Marky Ramone

9/25: tunes: Phosphorescent

9/26: tunes: Keane, talk: James Baldwin’s The Devil Finds Work, tunes: Basement

9/27: tunes: Bad Moves

9/28: book talk: Mark Swartz 

9/27-28: Avatar: The Last Airbender in Concert

9/27-29: Because They’re Funny Fest, Lady A @ Nats Stadium 

9/29: tunes: Duster

9/30: tunes: Nilufer Yanya


10/1: tunes: Valley

10/3: Tudor Nights: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

10/4: tunes: Kishi Bashi

10/5: tunes: Meshell Ndegeocello sings James Baldwin, tunes: California Honeydrops

10/8: tunes: Taisha Estrada and Connor Holdridge

10/9: tunes: Futurebirds

10/10: tunes: Joywave

10/11: tunes: Xiu Xiu

10/13: Latine Representation in Literature

10/14: tunes: FIDLAR

10/15-10/20: Mean Girls

10/17: tunes: Homeshake

10/19: tunes: Illuminati Hotties

10/20: tunes: Billy Bragg

10/22: Joan Osborne and Joshua Radin

10/23: tunes: Dehd

10/25: tunes: American Football, tunes: A Place to Bury Strangers

10/30: tunes: MJ Lenderman


11/3: tunes: The Go! Team

11/7: Rediscover Your Creative Voice

11/8: tunes: La Femme, tunes: Spirit of the Beehive

11/14: tunes: Tokyo Police Club

11/16: tunes: Pond

11/19: tunes: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

11/23: tunes: Adrianne Lenker, tunes: Velocity Girl

11/25: tunes: Marc Rebillet


12/5: tunes: Ride

12/7: Hamilton singalong

12/14: tunes: Stephen Wilson Jr.

12/15: tunes: The Jesus Lizard


4/14: tunes: Ty Segall

5/9: Katt Williams

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