Weekend Round Up, Aug. 4 – 7

Welcome to August! Despite the traditionally quiet month in the D.C. area, there are still lots of events to choose from this weekend. Check out GALA Hispanic Theatre’s culmination of their summer youth program, the D.C. Burger Battle, an art pop-up on M Street and more.  

Don’t Miss ARTECHOUSE’S ‘Ase: Afro Frequencies’ 

ARTECHOUSE has a new experience called “Ase: Afro Frequencies.” The immersive event has patrons walk alongside African royalty. The event was inspired by ase, a Yoruba concept that connects with our power to produce change. Artist Vince Fraser and poet Ursula Rucker are featured in the exhibit. Get tickets to the event here. 

Or, GALA Hispanic Theatre’s “El Puente” — TONIGHT Only 

GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Youth Program, “Paso Nuevo,” is presenting the play “El Puente” (The Bridge) by Carlos Gorostiza this evening at 7 p.m. The show follows two families from different social classes who are joined by the construction of a bridge. The adaptation includes popular music from Argentina. The play will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles at the GALA Hispanic Theatre (3333 14th St. NW). Admission is free. “El Puente” is the end of the Paso Nuevo youth summer program where young people in the area study dancing, acting, music, costume design and more. More on GALA Hispanic Theatre can be found here. 

Paso Nuevo youth take the stage Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. to present El puente by Carlos Gorostiza, a piece that “explores lack of education, inequality, and classism.” Courtesy GHT.

Hungry? Check Out the DC Burger Battle Tonight  

Head down to The Wharf Transit Pier for The DC Burger Battle tonight from 7-10 p.m. Some of the area’s best burgers, including ones from Pearl Street Warehouse, Whiskey Charlie, Union Pub and more will compete to crown the “Supreme Burger.” Proceeds from the event will benefit SOME (So Others Might Eat). Live music, swag and photo ops will be available courtesy of Budweiser Supreme. Happy eating! More here. 

Are you ready for the Burger Battle?

Visit an Art Pop-Up at 2900 M Street 

“The 50 States Project,” an exhibit created by artists Kate Fleming and Tom Woodruff, is headed to 2900 M St. in Georgetown this weekend. The pop-up gallery is a depiction of the country immediately before and after the global pandemic in 2020. See the two years both Fleming and Woodruff spent documenting the U.S. with over 150 works and a video installation. More information can be found here. 

“Lee’s Summit, MO.” Nov. 2021. Courtesy 50 States Project.

Citi Open Watch Party at City Ridge 

Are you a tennis fan? You’ll want to stop by City Ridge this Saturday at 2 p.m. The new D.C. neighborhood will be showing women’s doubles, semifinals and men’s singles semifinals on the Great Lawn. There will be Kona Ice shaved ice to cool off, lawn games and a trivia contest to win tickets to Sunday’s finals. You can register for the party here. 

Jessica Pegula plays at this year’s Citi Open. Photo by Jeff Malet.

The Hirshhorn Launched a New Exhibit This Week 

The Hirshhorn launched “Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection” on Tuesday. Visit the museum for this new exhibit that shows almost 100 years of work by nearly 50 women and non-binary artists. Featured artists include Loie Hollowell, Billie Zangewa, Dana Awartani and more. The purpose of the event is to shine light on global voices, show the power of typically marginalized artists and to raise social and political concerns. More information on the exhibit can be found here. 

One of the pieces of art on display at The Hirshhorn’s “Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection.” Courtesy Hirshhorn.

Catch a Lecture on a Famous Painting’s Anniversary at the Peabody Room

Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the painting of Yarrow Mamout — D.C.’s most famous freedman turned business investor — by James Alexander Simpson by attending a free lecture by James H. Johnston, author of “From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an American Family” (2012). Miraculously, the painting now on display in the Peabody Room of the Georgetown Neighborhood Library at 3260 R Street NW escaped destruction in the 2007 library fire.








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