Things to do in DC, July 19-21

Illustration by Hannah Good.

Hi buddies!

We have summer cocktails, local comedy, and outdoor movies.

Learn how to make a new summer drink.

Here’s what you should check out this week:

Under the stars: Attend an outdoor screening of Wonder Woman 1984 to follow the superheroine on her journey to save the world across DC. Head to Marie Reed’s football field on 18th Street for a relaxing movie night away from your sofa. Monday 7/7 at 8:30 p.m. Release, find out more here.

Big ideas: Atlantic Writer Adam Serwer was a critical voice to read during Trump’s day, coining a descriptor that has become a bit of a slogan – cruelty is the point. In his new book, Cruelty is the Point: Trump’s America’s Past, Present, and Future, Serwer offers a collection of essays that details how Trump came to prominence and his lasting impact that we will continue to see in the years to come. Serwer will be in conversation with anti-racism scholar Ibram X. Kendi in this Politics and Prose online event. Monday 7/7 at 7 p.m .; $ 5- $ 35, buy tickets here.

Mix: Learn how to brew your new favorite summer drink with a Cocktail Class from Common Good City Farm. Using fresh herbs and fruits like rosemary, basil, peaches and more, the demo will walk through three options: Watermelon and Basil Happiness, Lemon Balm Honeysuckle, and a rosemary and maple peach bourbon smash. Customers will also receive a bag of produce and herbs to prepare their own specialty drinks at home. Tuesday 20/7 at 6.30 p.m .; $ 20- $ 40, buy tickets here.

Bay view: Historian Vince Leggett has dedicated his life to recognizing the contributions of black people who worked and lived along the Chesapeake Bay. Its organization, The Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation, collects and preserves stories, artefacts and photographs about the men and women of the water that have long been overlooked in maritime history. This week, Leggett will discuss his work at a virtual conference at the Smithsonian’s Environmental Research Center. Tuesday 7/20 at 7 p.m. register here.

Local laughs: After a regular visit to Kennedy Center’s The madness of shear productions, Rahmein Mostafavi has become a stand-up comic who now produces various comedy events in the city. This week, it will host a lineup of local comedians that has yet to be announced in a special showcase at Busboys and Poets’ Takoma location. Wednesday 7/21 at 7:30 p.m .; $ 10, buy tickets here.

Ropes and more: Folk-soul crooner Amos Lee comes to Wolf Trap for two evenings. He will play his latest album, My New Moon, which features his iconic emotional strings and a track he wrote about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Wednesday 21/7 and Thursday 22/7 at 8 p.m. $ 42, buy tickets here.

Something new:

Jazz is back at the National Gallery of Art, but it will be a little different now.
The National Gallery of Art’s summer tradition, Jazz in the Sculpture Garden, is making a comeback with a whole new take on starting next week. (Sangria is always included, of course.) My colleague Daniella Byck wrote down what to expect:

After the beloved DC-summer ritual took a hiatus last year (because of Covid, what else?), A slightly different incarnation of Jazz in the Garden will soon return to the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art. The new series, Concerts at the Sculptures Garden, begins July 29.

Four groups will perform in the open-air gallery every other Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Unlike Jazz in the Garden’s focus on one genre, this series will feature an eclectic mix, starting with “global psychedelic” group Bombay Rickey on July 12th. In fact, only one of the acts is from a jazz-focused group: Baltimore Jazz Collective, performing on August 12th. The remaining performances will feature US Army Brass on August 29 and mariachi band Flor de Toloache on September 9.

The shows will be free, but the tickets must be booked in advance. Tickets for the Bombay Rickey concert are already on sale and tickets for subsequent concerts will go live two weeks before each event. A maximum of six tickets can be reserved in a single order. While the return of live music to the Sculpture Garden is an encouraging sign of our continued emergence of the pandemic, it’s important to remember that the coronavirus is still in effect – unvaccinated participants are required to wear a mask.

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Rosa joined the Washingtonian in 2016 after graduating from Mount Holyoke College. She covers arts and culture for the magazine. She has written about anti-racism efforts at the Woolly Mammoth Theater, the dinosaurs in the renovated Fossil Room at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, and the horrors of digital drug rehab. Whenever she can, she performs with her family-based Puerto Rican folk music ensemble based in Jersey City. She lives in Adams Morgan.

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