July wraps up with a packed weekend of music, dance, literature and theater. But first, what do you say to a little rosé, followed by championship tennis?
Rosé Garden Friday at the Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton’s Westend Bistro, 1150 22nd St. NW, celebrates rosé season with the launch of its Rosé Garden on Friday, July 28. The public is invited to kick off this and every summer weekend from 4:30 to 7 p.m. by sitting back, relaxing outside and enjoying a specially crafted menu.
Citi Open Tennis Tournament
The Citi Open, the only elite ATP World Tour 500-level event held in the United States, runs Saturday, July 29, through Sunday, Aug. 6, at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, 16th & Kennedy Streets NW. Single-session tickets start at $10. Courtside box seats and a variety of all-session and multi-session ticket packages are available. For details, visit citiopentennis.com.
In music, big names in R&B, blues and rock will appear at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, in Georgetown, and at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia.
Melba Moore at Blues Alley
Celebrating nearly five decades of performing and recording, Melba Moore radiates passion for what she does, appearing as energetic and engaged with her craft now as she was four decades ago. Shows are Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $35 plus a $12 minimum. For details, visit bluesalleylive.com.
George Thorogood & the Destroyers and 38 Special
Wolf Trap presents two gold- and platinum-selling blues and rock bands on a single night, Sunday, July 30, at 8 p.m.: George Thorogood & the Destroyers, known for guitar-blazing hits like “Bad to the Bone,” and 38 Special, which cranks out arena-ready anthems like “Hold On Loosely.” Tickets are $30 to $125. For tickets, visit wolftrap.org or call 703-255-1900.
The Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Drive NW, is presenting a dance performance for kids on Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, is National Dance Day at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW.
SOLE Defined at Discovery Theater
SOLE Defined puts an exciting twist on percussive dance by turning their bodies into human drums in a show designed for ages 5 to 16. Admission to the Friday, July 28, performance, at 10:30 a.m., is $8 for adults and $6 for children. For tickets, visit smithsonianassociates.com or call 202-633-8700.
National Dance Day at the Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center presents a free community celebration of National Dance Day from 2 to 10:30 p.m., featuring special guest dancers offering interactive dance lessons and performances in a wide variety of dance styles, as well as the official National Dance Day routine for this year’s event, led by Tony Bellissimo of “So You Think You Can Dance.” The event culminates in a night of dancing under the stars. For details, visit kennedy-center.org.
Next, let’s turn the page to literature.
Asian American Literature Festival
The three-day Asian American Literature Festival began Thursday, July 27, and continues through Saturday, July 29. Saturday’s programs at the Library of Congress are full. However, spaces are still available for the programs on Friday, July 28, at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW, and Dupont Underground, 19 Dupont Circle NW. For details, visit smithsonianapa.org or call 202-707-5000.
Readings on Travel
On Sunday, July 20, Writer’s Center workshop participant David Goodrich will read from “A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the United States,” which took shape in workshops at the center. The travel theme for the afternoon will continue with a reading by novelist and workshop leader Aaron Hamburger, author of “Faith for Beginners,” a novel in which an American family visits Israel. This free event will take place at 2 p.m. at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane. For details, visit writer.org.
Finally, this is the closing weekend of the Capital Fringe Festival. Tickets for the shows mentioned below, and many others, are $17 plus a Fringe button. For tickets and the complete schedule, visit capitalfringe.org or call 866-811-4111.
Capital Fringe: ‘Help Me Wanda’
Taking inspiration from the “sweet lady with the nasty voice,” Toni Rae Salmi performs a one-woman rock cabaret celebrating the barrier-bashing Queen of Rock, Wanda Jackson, with a blend of storytelling and music. Shows are Friday, July 28, at 10:15 p.m.; and Saturday, July 29, at 8:45 p.m., at Trinidad Theatre, 1358 Florida Ave. NE.
Capital Fringe: ‘Orson the Magnificent’
Orson Welles spins tales of the great magicians while performing his own astounding feats of mind-reading and illusion. “Orson the Magnificent” is part magic show and part dramatic biography, told by a legendary raconteur with a few tricks still left up his sleeve. Shows are Friday, July 28, at 10:15 p.m.; Saturday, July 29, at noon; and Sunday, July 30, at 3 p.m., at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.