Weekend Round Up July 18, 2019

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This year's National Geographic Family Day is inspired by the exhibition "Queens of Egypt." Courtesy National Geographic.

This weekend, you can feast on Chesapeake Bay cuisine on the roof of Charlie Palmer Steak, then taste rosés from around the world at Ris and French wines at Anderson House. Saturday is the annual Day of Archaeology Festival and National Geographic Family Day. Meanwhile, Capital Fringe is carrying on through July 28 in Southwest. For more July events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.

Theatre Lab: ‘Alix in Wonderland’

The Summer Musical Theatre Institute for Teens at the Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, 733 8th St. NW, presents the world premiere of “Alix in Wonderland: A Gender Journey Down the Rabbit Hole.” A tumble down that world-famous rabbit hole brings teenage Alix face-to-face with the denizens of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, but none of them are quite as anyone remembers. Performances are: Thursday, July 18, and Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, July 20, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors and students). For details, visit theatrelab.org or call  202-824-0449.

Mosaic Theater Company: ‘Twisted Melodies’

This one-man show presented by Mosaic Theater Company, based on the life of ’70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway, imagines the troubled and brilliant musician’s last day on Earth. Torn between the muses that inspire him and the mental illness that torments him, Hathaway (Kelvin Roston Jr.) evaluates his life choices. Final performances at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE, are: Thursday, July 18, and Friday, July 19, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 20, at 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 21, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $68. For details, visit mosaictheater.org and 202-399-7993.

Millennium Stage: Black Masala

D.C.-based go-anywhere brass band Black Masala will perform as part of the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage series on Friday, July 19, at 6 p.m. The eight-member ensemble harnesses all the good times sunk in the Romany, second-line, bhangra and funk horn parts that have gotten huge swaths of the planet up and dancing. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

Chesapeake Bay Soirée at Charlie Palmer

Also on Friday, July 19, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Charlie Palmer Steak DC, 101 Constitution Ave. NW, will hold a Chesapeake Bay Soirée on the restaurant’s rooftop. Chefs Charlie Palmer and Mike Ellis will celebrate everything summer brings to the table in a family-style feast including heirloom tomato salad, peel-and-eat shrimp, blue crab and fried chicken, accompanied by live music, local craft beer and white wine. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $125. For details, visit eventbrite.com. 

Day of Archaeology Festival

Free and open to all ages, the seventh annual Day of Archaeology Festival will be presented by Archaeology in the Community on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Attendees will be able to talk to archaeologists and learn about the field and related volunteer opportunities. For details, visit archaeologyincommunity.com.

Family Day: ‘Secrets of Egypt’

On Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this year’s Family Day at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW, is called “Secrets of Egypt” to go with the museum’s “Queens of Egypt” exhibition. Along with viewing the more than 300 artifacts on display, attendees can join in hands-on activities, play Egyptian-themed games and see an Egyptian dance performance. Tickets are $5 (free for children under 5). For details, visit nationalgeographic.org or call 202-857-7700.

Talk by Painters Jeanne McManus and Sara Maddox

In conjunction with the exhibition “Escape from Between the Lines” at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland, painters Jeanne McManus and Sara Maddox will give a free talk about their work — in which they crack open the visible world and rearrange its parts in new forms and colors — on Saturday, July 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. For details, visit glenechopark.org or call 301-634-2222.

Rosé All Day at Ris

At this Rosé All Day tasting on Saturday, July 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ris, 2275 L St. NW, participants will learn about the various methods of making rosé wine and sample 10 different rosés from all over the world. Several small plates by chef Ris Lacoste will also be served. Tickets are $69. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-730-2500.

Vintage Evening at Anderson House

Anderson House, the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW, will host a Vintage Evening on Saturday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. The event — marking the anniversary of the encampment of French troops in the area in 1782 as they marched north after the Siege of Yorktown — will feature a French wine tasting, French-inspired foods and activities connected with the theme. Tickets are $25. For details, visit americanrevolutioninstitute.org or call 202-785-2040.

Capital Fringe: ‘That’s Not How It Happened’

As part of Capital Fringe, Colleen Hindsley will perform songs and stories inspired by her upbringing in an Irish pub on Saturday, July 20, at 8:45 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 555 Water St. SW. Among the characters attendees will “meet” are unsupervised toddlers, creepy clowns, unreliable narrators, questionable boyfriends and spiritual healers. Tickets are $20. For details, visit capitalfringe.org.

Capital Fringe: ‘An Evening with Lola Montez’

On Sunday, July 21, at 3:45 p.m., Capital Fringe will present “An Evening with Lola Montez” at Christ United Methodist Church, 900 4th St. SW. Sometime in 1842, Eliza Gilbert reinvented herself as Lola Montez, a free-spirited dancer seeking celebrity, pleasure and power. Montez (Mary Murphy) will tell her tale of passion and politics, which led to a revolution in Munich. Tickets are $20. For details, visit capitalfringe.org.

Talk and Closing Reception: DCAC Archives

Curators Ray Barker, Lauren Abman and Michele Casto will talk about the exhibition “Showcasing 30 Years at the DCAC Archives” at a free closing reception on Sunday, July 21, at 5 p.m. at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. A collaboration with DC Public Library’s special collections department, the exhibition displays key materials from DCAC’s history. For details, visit dcartscenter.org or call 202-462-7833.

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