Weekend Round Up, July 14 – 17

The weekend is upon us yet again! Enjoy the Capital Fringe Festival in Georgetown, an exhibit at The National Portrait Gallery, a Ukraine fundraiser at L’Enfant Gallery of Georgetown, a “Night at the Museum” style event with the Smithsonian and much more. Happy Bastille Day!

The Capital Fringe Festival Is Here! 

If you haven’t heard, The Capital Fringe Festival in Georgetown starts today. See our July cover story  for full details. During the bold performances from local creative artists, you’ll see everything from punk rock concerts, improv dramas, dance performances and more. Events will be taking place near Georgetown Park at museums, galleries, and other locations. All shows $15 with most revenue going to the artists. Ticket stubs can be used for discounts from sponsoring Georgetown retailers. More on the festival can be found here.

The Capital Fringe Festival begins tomorrow in Georgetown. The illustration for the Caryl Churchill play, “A Number,” was created by Anne Connell. Courtesy Capital Fringe.

Are Your Family Members “Night at the Museum” Fans?

Smithsonian Associates are hosting “Smithsonian Nighttime Adventures” this Friday from 7-11 p.m. After closing, kids and their adult chaperones are able to wander through the museum, checking out the dinosaurs, exploring the Earth’s past and more at the Museum of Natural History. The event is for children ages 8-14 with one adult for every five children in any group. Chaperones need to be 21+ and no adults are allowed without a child (sorry kids at heart!) If you miss tomorrow, don’t worry — there are multiple other dates coming this summer! More information on this event can be found here.

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is hosting a nighttime event for kids this weekend. Courtesy Smithsonian.

It’s the Last Weekend of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Red Velvet” 

“Red Velvet” is an intriguing tale of a Black actor who plays Othello on London’s biggest stage. Set in 1833, the show features Ira Aldridge performing at London’s Theatre Royal as a bill promoting the abolition of slavery shocks the Parliament. Aldridge triumphs despite the social injustice and racism he faces. More information on the performance can be found here. Shows end Sunday.

The National Portrait Gallery’s “I Dream a World: Selections from Brian Lanker’s Portraits of Remarkable Black Women” is on Display 

The first of two parts of a new exhibition opened last weekend at the National Portrait Gallery. “I Dream a World: Selections from Brian Lanker’s Portraits of Remarkable Black Women” features women who have made an impact in politics, arts and literature, activism and more. Lanker’s work includes breathtaking portraits of Lena Horne, Alice Walker, Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou. Part two (coming soon) will feature Cicely Tyson, Oprah and more. More information on the exhibit can be found here.

A portrait of Maya Angelou is part of a new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery.

Ukraine Art Benefit Show at L’Enfant Gallery of Georgetown 

Debuting this evening in partnership with Sofia-A Ukraine Art Gallery, the L’Enfant Gallery of Georgetown is hosting an art show to benefit the women and children injured during the ongoing war between Russia and the Ukraine. The show will run from today (with an opening reception 4-8 p.m.) through August 14 daily. More information on the show can be found here.

“Divorced. Beheaded. Died. Divorced. Beheaded. Survived.” “Six” Is Here! 

Celebrate the Tony Award winning musical “Six” at the National Theatre through Sept. 4. The show brings a modern take to the six wives of King Henry VIII, taking 500 years of history and bringing it into a smile-inducing celebration of girl power. Dubbed the new original musical “everyone is losing their head over,” Six features an all-woman cast and band. There are evening shows tonight, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and a Saturday and Sunday matinee. More information can be found here.


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