Weekend Roundup, July 20 – 23

Happy almost weekend! As always, the city is full of things to do, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s annual “Arcade” event, a debut of fun plays at Arena Stage and the Kennedy Center – and don’t miss a photography class right here in Georgetown.

See “Cambodian Rock Band” at Arena Stage

A new play, “Cambodian Rock Band” combines a rock musical with historical commentary. Follow a father/daughter duo on their adventure to Phnom Penh. The daughter is there to prosecute a war criminal while her dad is returning decades later after escaping the Khmer Rouge. The musical features songs that highlight Cambodia’s big ‘70s rock scene. More information on how to get tickets can be found here.

“The Play that Goes Wrong” Debuts at the Kennedy Center

A classic murder mystery, this play is full of adventure and fun. It debuts on opening night of “The Murder at Haversham Manor,” and things are going horribly wrong. There’s an unconscious leading lady, actors tripping over everything and a corpse that can’t quite play dead. Huffington Post called it “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen.” More information on tickets can be found here

The madcap adventure “The Play That Goes Wrong ” runs through Aug. 13 at the Kennedy Center. Courtesy Kennedy Center.

Don’t Miss Capital Fringe Festival’s Final Weekend

Georgetown’s hosting the Capital Fringe Festival for the second consecutive year and this is the festival’s final weekend of outstanding alternative theater productions in Georgetown. Showcasing almost entirely original theater, dance and music with more than 300 artists – 75 percent from the D.C. metro area – this year’s venues are at 1025 Thomas Jefferson St. NW and Theater J’s Cafritz Hall with free creative live music at Powerhouse on 3255 Grace St. NW. This year’s theme? “Find the Sweet. Find the Sour.” For more information, showtimes and venues go to CapitalFringe.org.

Courtesy Capital Fringe Festival.

(D)rafts and (C)rafts Launches This Weekend

The first edition of (D)rafts and (C)rafts (get the parenthesis reference?) will be at Union Market’s Dock5 at 1309 5th St NE this weekend. The event is the first small-scale producers’ festival. The D.C. Brewers’ Guild and new D.C. Makers’ Guild will host the event Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. More information on tickets can be found here.

Grab a pint and buy a craft or two at the first (D)rafts and (C)rafts this weekend. Instagram photo.

SAAM Arcade Plays on This Weekend

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s annual “Arcade” will be Saturday from 11:30 a.m to 7 p.m. The event is presented to celebrate the exhibit called “Musical Thinking: New Video Art and Sonic Strategies.” The installation explores recent video art and popular music. For the Arcade this weekend, guests can enjoy classic console and arcade games and discuss them with indie game developers and listen to video game music. Mario theme anyone? More information on the event can be found here

The annual “Arcade” event comes to the Smithsonian American Art Museum Saturday. Courtesy Smithsonian.

Street Photography with a Gallery Photographer

Join Washington Printmakers Gallery photographer Angela Maloney on a two-hour photo walk through Georgetown. Maloney will point out her favorite spots around town and answer questions about photography as well as assist photographers to snap the perfect shot. More information on this event can be found here.

Join Washington Printmakers Gallery in a photo walk with Angela Maloney. Courtesy Washington Printmakers Gallery.

Take the Family to DC Fray and the Cafritz Foundation’s Children’s Festival Event Series

Enjoy nostalgic carnival favorites Saturday with DC Fray and the Cafritz Foundation. The event, which will include games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey and ring toss, is part of a free, community-centered event every fourth Saturday from June through September. More information on Saturday’s carnival can be found here.

Barbie Yappy Hour with District Dogs

Celebrate the debut of the pink-hued movie with your furry friends and local pet care business District Dogs. Friday evening at Metrobar DC, enjoy games, snacks, a Barbie costume contest, and a live band. Karaoke starts at 8 p.m. Don’t forget to bring Ken! More information on the event can be found here.

Bring your dog and your Ken to a Barbie-themed happy hour. Courtesy Eventbrite.



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