It’s a weekend of Peruvian culture with tonight’s Spines & Vines talk at Kramerbooks and the three-day Kaypi Peru festival at the National Museum of the American Indian. On Friday and Saturday, you can preview Spring/Summer 2020 fashions at DC Swim Week at the Italian Embassy. And Sunday is your last chance to get unhinged at Capital Fringe. For more end-of-July events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Capital Fringe: H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Call of Cthulhu’
As part of Capital Fringe, New Jersey-based company Phenomenal Animals presents an adaptation by Robert Cousins of the Lovecraft short story on Thursday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 28, at 3:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. A terror stirs in the night, apocalypse looms and on an island somewhere in the middle of the Pacific, the great priest Cthulhu opens his eyes. Tickets are $20. For details, visit capitalfringe.org.
Spines & Vines at Kramerbooks
On Thursday, July 25, from 7 to 9 p.m., Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW, will host Spines & Vines, a love affair with books — especially those written by women of color — and wine, hosted by D.C. bookstagrammer Jamise Harper. Author Melissa Rivero will join the group to discuss “The Affairs of the Falcóns,” her debut novel about an undocumented Peruvian woman fighting to keep her family afloat in New York. Tickets are $35, including entrée, dessert, a glass of wine and 15 percent off the next meeting’s book pick. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-387-1400.
Kaypi Peru at National Museum of the American Indian
Kaypi Peru (“This is Peru” in Quechua), a free, family-friendly festival highlighting Peru’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and traditional arts, will take place from Friday, July 26, to Sunday, July 28, at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. The festival will feature a handicraft market, music and dance performances, hands-on activities for children and Andean films. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For details, visit americanindian.si.edu.
Brewmaster Tour at Heurich House
On Friday, July 26, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., visitors to the 19th-century home of brewer Christian Heurich, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW, will tour the “Brewmaster’s Castle” with drink in hand, then mingle in the conservatory, where beer will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Heurich House Museum. Tickets are $30, including the hour-long tour and one beer flight (four-ounce pours of three local beers). For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-429-1894.
DC Swim Week at Italian Embassy
The Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW, is hosting the fifth annual DC Swim Week. Forty designers will unveil their Spring/Summer 2020 collections in swimwear, activewear, lingerie and accessories at the Resort Collection Show on Friday, July 26, and the Genesis Swimwear Show on Saturday, July 27, both from 8 to 10:45 p.m., with VIP receptions at 6:30 p.m. An after-party follows on Saturday. Tickets to the Friday show are $55 ($79 third row, $89 preferred, $149 and $229 VIP). Tickets to the Saturday show are $99 ($159 and $229 VIP). All-access passes are $449. Admission to a pop-up designer showcase on Sunday, July 18, from noon to 5 p.m. is $5. For details, visit dcswimweek.com.
Capital Fringe: ‘Dust’
In Sara Emsley’s “Dust” — “your typical fun lesbian space adventure, with a hint of apocalypse,” directed by Ethan Friedson — Anne and Cass have a serious decision to make as a massive sun flare heads toward Earth: Should they tell everyone that they’re all about to die? Performances as part of Capital Fringe are Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Riverside Baptist Church, 699 Maine Ave. SW. Tickets are $20. For details, visit captialfringe.org.
Creating Legacy Videos
Many people understand the importance of capturing family legacy stories and sharing them with family and friends, but would benefit by collaborating with a filmmaker. In this session — on Saturday, July 27, at 10 a.m. at Docs in Progress, 801 Wayne Ave. in Silver Spring, Maryland — story facilitator Ronda Barrett will describe the best practices she has developed during her career and discuss the variety of projects and approaches to life stories. Tickets are $95 (10 percent off with CultureCapital promo code CCDIP). For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 301-789-2797.
Georgetown Walking Tour: After Dark
In May of 1962, the sale of hard liquor was made legal in D.C. for the first time since 1917. Georgetown’s nightlife exploded with countless new bars. Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, will lead a walking tour focusing on the neighborhood’s “after dark” history on Saturday, July 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $20. The tour leaves from Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. For details, visit dumbartonhouse.org or call 202- 337-2288.
Ladygod at Dupont Underground
Richmond-based cult-fiction rock band Ladygod — delivering “seductive psych-blues in an enigmatic package” and “synthesizing lo-fi cowboy antics with an artist’s direction” — will perform at Dupont Underground, 19 Dupont Circle NW, on Saturday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($12 in advance). For details, visit dupontunderground.org.
Bootleg Shakespeare: ‘Richard III’
Also on Saturday, July 27, at 8 p.m., Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE, will present the Taffety Punk Bootleggers in Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” In Bootleg Shakespeare, the actors arrive with only their lines prepared and the show goes on, ready or not. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis (limit: two per person) starting at 6 p.m. For details, visit folger.edu or call 202-544-7077.
Aria Jukebox at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap Opera’s Filene Artists will sing opera highlights curated by the audience on Sunday, July 28, at 3 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road in Vienna, Virginia. A preshow reception, at which audience members vote for the arias to be performed, will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $36 to $50. For details, visit wolftrap.org or call 703-255-1900.
The Coconut Market
Also on Sunday, July 28, from 3 to 7 p.m., the Coconut Market celebrates African, Asian, Caribbean and Latin American cultures with a unique shopping experience. Downstairs, visitors can eat and drink in the beautiful space of Engine Company 12, 1626 North Capitol St. NW. Upstairs, they can shop for tropical items from some of the region’s best small businesses and artisans. Admission is $5. For details, visit eventbrite.com.