Capital Fringe, a celebration of cultural democracy and art for everyone, starts up this Saturday, July 7, and runs through Sunday, July 29. Asian culture is on display this weekend, with an art opening at the Korean Cultural Center on Friday, the Chinatown Community Festival on Saturday and a festival of South Asian Dance at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday. Also Asia-inspired: a Sunday-morning forest bathing walk. For more July events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Capital Fringe: ‘O Monsters’
As part of Capital Fringe, New Paradise Laboratories presents “O Monsters” at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. The Kissimmee family — feral triplets, their fluttering mother, Moth, and a father who haunts them all — are shut-ins: there’s nothing to eat, no way to leave and dangerous objects fall unpredictably from the sky. This weekend’s performances are Saturday, July 7, at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, at 2:15 p.m. Additional performances are July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22. Tickets are $17 plus a Fringe button ($5 through July 6). Multiple-show passes are also available. For details, visit capitalfringe.org or call 866-811-4111.
Capital Fringe: ‘The Vandal’
The Edge of the Universe Players 2 present Hamish Linklater’s “The Vandal,” which involves three characters — Boy, Woman and Man — with barely plausible tales in a nighttime marked by a bus stop, a hospital and a graveyard. This weekend’s performances at Caos on F, 923 F St. NW, are Saturday, July 7, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Additional performances are July 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27 and 28. Tickets are $17 plus a Fringe button ($5 through July 6). Multiple-show passes are also available. For details, visit capitalfringe.org or call 866-811-4111.
Daybreaker at the Building Museum
The National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, hosts a pre-work dance party on Friday, July 6, inside its “Fun House” installation, complete with interactive rooms and a swimming pool filled with hundreds of thousands of recyclable plastic balls. Yoga at 6 a.m. will be followed by a dance party from 7 to 9 a.m. with DJ Tasha Blank. There will be free breakfast treats by Manitoba Harvest, cold brew coffee, healthy juices and Seedlip drinks (the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits). Tickets are $25. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Opening Reception: Korean Contemporary Art
There will be a opening reception for “Ceremony: City, Unfamiliar Landscape: Works by Three Korean Contemporary Artists” at the Korean Cultural Center DC, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW, on Friday, July 6, at 6 p.m. Artists In Kyung Kwon, Hyun Jin Byun and Bora Jin share a common theme of the city as a communally owned space that is also a haven for individual lives. This event is free with RSVP. For details, visit koreaculturedc.org or call 202-939-5688.
Underground Comedy at the Big Hunt
On Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 7, at 8 and 9:45 p.m., Debra DiGiovanni, winner of the Canadian Comedy Award for best female comic for the third time in five years, will perform as part of the Underground Comedy series at the Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW. These are 21+, partially seated shows. Tickets are $20. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Chinatown Community Festival
This year’s free Chinatown Community Festival will be held on Saturday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Chinatown Park, 5th and I Streets NW. (Note: Tickets for the original date, June 2, are still valid.) The event includes: street food from local Asian and Pacific Islander restaurants; performances of Wushu (martial arts), a lion dance, an opera show and Tinikling (a Philippine folk dance); and rice flour drawing, henna arts, kimono dressing, screen printing, face painting and other cultural demonstrations. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Sound Scene at the Hirshhorn
Now in its 11th year, Sound Scene — a free, interactive audio-art installation for all ages presented by the DC Listening Lounge at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 700 Independence Ave. SW — will feature sonic surprises and thought-provoking listening opportunities produced by artists from Spain, India, Armenia, Germany, New York, Michigan and D.C. Sound Scene will take place from 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 8. Along with live performances and a mini listening lounge, there will be first-come, first-served workshops titled “Deep Listening,” “Perform the Building,” “Sample DJ,” “Your DC Oral History” and “Hand Games Project.” For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Festival of South Asian Dance
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE, hosts Dakshina’s Festival of South Asian Dance, with performances on Saturday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. Madhavi Mudgal, Mesma Belsare, Nadhi Tekkek, Taniya and Puneet Panda will showcase their unique voices to the classical Indian dance forms. Tickets are $35 ($20 for seniors and children). For details, visit atlasarts.org or call 202-399-7993.
Forest Bathing Walk at the Franciscan Monastery
Certified nature and forest therapy guide Melanie Choukas-Bradley will lead a forest bathing walk among the gardens and trees of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, 1400 Quincy St. NE, on Sunday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, began in Japan in the 1980s as a response to the overly stressed and overworked status of citizens of Tokyo and other urban areas. Tickets for this Casey Trees event are $30; $55 with hot/cold tea thermos. Advance registration is required. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Pianist Sara Daneshpour at SAAM
The Steinway Series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW, presents a free concert by pianist Sara Daneshpour on Sunday, July 8, at 3:30 p.m. Currently a student of Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Daneshpour has won awards in major competitions and performed not only in her native city of Washington, D.C., but also throughout the U.S., Russia, Canada, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, France, Sweden, Spain and Japan. For details, visit americanart.si.edu.