Weekend Roundup July 12, 2012

Independence Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of things to do in D.C. this weekend.

No one can resist a thriller. Marvel at the dancing machines of Circue du Soleil as they perform its adaptation of Michael Jackson’s greatest songs at “The Immortal World Tour.” For $53 a ticket, grab your fedora, loafers and glittery glove to dance the night away this Friday or Saturday, June 13-14, 8 p.m., at the Verizon Center. On Sunday, June 15, the show starts at 4 p.m. For more information, visit verizoncenter.com.

This Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, are the last days to view the Sculpture Now 2012, a juried exhibition that is hosted annually by the Washington Sculptors Group. Here, you can view the different forms and transformations featured in this gallery, including shapes, textures, materials, and contrasts. This exhibition is located on 702 8th St., NW, at Edison Place Gallery. For more details, call 202-872-3396.

Interested in a free mash-up dedicated to the art of hip-hop? Join the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival in its celebration of hip-hop with its premiere of “Fat Boy,” a D-Project’s breaking/dubstep dance theater mash-up, July 13 and 14 at 8 p.m., at Dance Place, 3225 8th St., NE. Written and directed by Teo Castellanos, this mash-up portrays the variety of rice rituals in contrast with a variety of art performances to portray conflicts such as scarcity within the world. This event is free to the public and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit www.hhtf.org.

If philanthropy is more your style, then you’ll love the “DC Cruise For A Cause.” Sip on delicious wine and snack on delectable hors d’oeuvres as you voyage along the Potomac. At just $65 a ticket, all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. With live entertainment and a silent auction, you’re in for a night of elegance, while giving to a great cause. Find out more at dccruiseforacause.webconnex.com

Looking for a laugh? Check out The Capital City Showcase this Saturday at The D.C. Arts Center in Adams-Morgan at 10 p.m. Featuring comedian Adam Dodd (of MTV and VH1 fame) and D.C. comedy venue veterans Jeff Hysen, KD the Comic and Tom Myers, you are in for a gaggle of giggles. D.C. native René Moffatt will also provide a musical interlude amidst the hilarity. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 online. More details about the show are available at capitalcityshowcase.com.

This Saturday, July 14, the United States Marine Chamber Orchestra will be hosting a summer concert series at 7:30 p.m. This concert, great for music lovers around the area, will be conducted by Capt. Michelle A. Rakers and take place at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall at Northern Virginia Community College — 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, Va. 22311. Admission is free; no tickets required. For more information, visit www.marineband.usmc.mil.

Here are some other events to check out this weekend:

Nritya: Rhythms of India

July 14th, 2012 at 09:30 AM | Free | information@nationaltheatre.org | Tel: (202) 783-3372 | Event Website

The legends and folktales of India are exposed through classical dance featuring rich imagery and stunning costumes. Intricate choreography, facial expressions and movement tell fascinating stories that bring to life the dynamic culture of this magical land.


The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Corcoran Presents Anima: Charlotte Dumas

July 14th, 2012 at 10:00 AM | rcothran@corcoran.org | Tel: 202- 639- 1833 | Event Website

For the first one-person museum exhibition in the US by Dutch artist, Charlotte Dumas, she displays portraits centered on the majestic burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery. These Army horses, which belong to the Old Guard, carry soldiers to their final resting place in traditional military funerals.

Dumas recently received widespread acclaim for her photographs of the surviving search and recovery dogs of 9/11.


Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St NW

WHUR 96.3-FM’s All-White Dinner Dance Party Cruise

July 15th, 2012 at 06:00 PM | $96.30 | Tel: 866-302-2469 | Event Website

Join WHUR and Spirit Cruises on the Spirit of Washington for a special All-White Dinner Dance Party cruise. In partnership with the National Hand Dance Association and the Metropolitan Steppers Association, Spirit Cruises is hosting a dinner cruise featuring great music, delicious food and, of course, lots of dancing. DJs Lady JC and Dr. Nick will be spinning all the best tunes for Hand Dancing and Stepping, and guests can learn the hottest new Step and Hand Dancing moves on all decks.


Spirit of Washington, 600 Water Street SW

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