This weekend, adults can tap into comedy at the Kennedy Center and kids can widen their eyes at the National Gallery and stretch their ears at Wolf Trap. Happy 20th anniversary to the African American Civil War Museum, which is celebrating through Sunday. Meanwhile, the Capital Fringe Festival flutters on in Southwest. For more July events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
‘On The Town’ at Olney
Extended through July 29, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road in Olney, Maryland, presents “On The Town.” Comden and Green’s first Broadway hit grew out of a Jerome Robbins-Leonard Bernstein ballet about three young sailors looking for love while on shore leave. The manic coupling is set to an exuberant Bernstein score that begins with the classic “New York, New York.” This weekend’s performances are: Thursday, July 19, and Friday, July 20, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 21, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $80. For details, visit olneytheatre.org or call 301-924-3400.
Capital Fringe: ‘Movie Magic Live!’
As part of the Capital Fringe Festival, movie buffs can take a celebrity-hosted cinematic journey from the Yellow Brick Road to “Mad Max: Fury Road” at Blind Whino, 734 First St. SW. This live game show of trivia, competitions and scene recreations from popular films will be presented on Friday, July 20, at 7:45 p.m.; on Saturday, July 21, at 2:15 and 9:30 p.m.; and on Sunday, July 22, at 11 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $17 plus a Fringe button ($7). For details, visit capitalfringe.org.
Investigate French Art: Mary Cassatt
This free program at the National Gallery of Art, 401 Constitution Ave. NW, helps children make careful observations, analyze artists’ choices, ask questions and use their imaginations. Led by museum educators, each 60-minute session includes reading a children’s book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. Sessions are: Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 22, at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. For details, visit nga.gov or call 202-737-4215.
Harry Shearer: ‘Up to Eleven’
On Thursday, July 19, at 8 p.m., the Kennedy Center presents a hilarious evening with Harry Shearer, who played bassist Derek Smalls in the cult classic “This Is Spinal Tap.” After a screening of the mock rock-umentary, Shearer will share behind-the-scenes stories from his legendary comedy career and colorful life. Tickets are $19 to $49. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 800-444-1324.
Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road in Vienna, Virginia, presents the mini-musical “Listen, Wilhelmina!” on Friday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. Wombat friends Wilhelmina, Wallis and Winston are ready for their very first concert at Wolf Trap. But what is the audience supposed to do? With help from Ranger Nat, they learn how much fun a musical performance can be when they open their ears to listen. Tickets are $8. For details, visit wolftrap.org or call 703-255-1900.
African American Civil War Museum Living History Day
On Friday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW, will hold a free living history day for family and friends as part of the museum’s 20th anniversary celebration, which continues through Sunday. On Friday evening, there will be a gala at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Also, a special exhibition curated by Zenith Gallery, “Art by Hubert Jackson and Curtis Woody,” will be on view through Sept. 30. For details, visit afroamcivilwar.org.
Roots Music at Gypsy Sally’s
Founded in Richmond, Virginia, Agents of Good Roots toured the United States from 1995 to 2001, reuniting last fall for a memorial show for their tour manager and spiritual advisor Jeff Peskin. On Friday, July 20, at 8:30 p.m., the band will perform with Sarah White at Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Tickets are $15 (plus fees if purchased the day of the show). For details, visit gypsysallys.com or call 202-333–7700.
Baby Wants Candy
Comedy ensemble Baby Wants Candy has performed more than 3,000 completely improvised musicals around the world. Entirely based on audience suggestion and accompanied by a full band, the shows — recommended for mature audiences — are roller-coaster rides of spontaneously choreographed dance numbers, rhyming verses and witty, jaw-dropping comedy. Performances are Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $19 and $25. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 800-444-1324.
Day of Archaeology Festival
The seventh annual Day of Archaeology Festival, hosted by Archaeology in the Community, will take place on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. The free festival will feature presentations on local archaeological discoveries, music, food trucks and activities for children including mock-excavations, hands-on artifact displays and crafts. It is also a chance to talk to archaeologists in person, learn about the science and art of archaeology and find out about volunteer opportunities in the field. For details, visit archaeologyincommunity.com or call 202-277-5557.
Fiesta Asia Street Fair
On Saturday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the 12th annual Fiesta Asia Street Fair will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Sixth Streets. The free fair will feature hundreds of performers on five stages, representing more than 20 cultures. There will also be pan-Asian cuisine, a shopping bazaar, kid-friendly activities, a talent competition, a cultural parade, Bollywood street dancing and exhibits of traditional and contemporary Asian crafts. For details, visit fiestaasia.org or call 202-681-7818.
Bootcamp, Bend & Beer
Fitbit Local Ambassadors Chris Perrin and Cynthia Lorena host a free bodyweight bootcamp and yoga flow — bring your own mat — on Sunday, July 22, from 11 a.m. to noon at DC Brau, 3178 Bladensburg Road NE. All levels and ages are welcome. After the workout, the first 100 participants (21+) will get a complimentary beer. Owning a Fitbit product is not required. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Bare the Walls at Foundry Gallery
On Sunday, July 22, from 2 to 5 p.m., Foundry Gallery, 2118 8th St. NW, is throwing a Bare the Walls party, at which attendees can take home a piece of original art valued at $300 or more (see catalog at foundrygallery.org or visit during regular hours). When a number is drawn from a raffle drum, the corresponding ticketholders pick a work from those on display. Tickets, which admit two people and allow one choice of artwork, are $185. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Capital Fringe: ‘Horse People’
Also on Sunday, July 22, at 3 p.m., as part of the Capital Fringe Festival, “Horse People” will be performed at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 555 Water St. SW. In this mix of character comedy, projections, tap dancing and googly eyes, Lindsey finds a cool rock and spirals into neurotic obsession, climbing back through generations of strange women to seek out the root of her family’s neuroses. Tickets are $17 plus a Fringe button ($7). For details, visit capitalfringe.org.