Weekend Roundup – June 6 through 9

By David Edwards and Kate Oczypok

This weekend, don’t miss Pride on the Pier at The Wharf, Flo Rida popping in for a post-game concert after Friday’s Nats game, Wolf Trap Opera at Holy Trinity and much more. 

This Evening Only: D-Day Commemoration Concert at the Eisenhower Memorial
Commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day at 6:30 p.m. this evening. The concert, which will feature a U.S. Army Band performance, will be at the Eisenhower Memorial at Independence Ave. and 4th St. SW and is expected to last about one hour. RSVP for the concert here.

James Baldwin by Beauford Delaney, pastel on paper, 1963. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. © Estate of Beauford Delaney by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire, Court Appointed Administrator; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York.

At The National Portrait Gallery: “This Morning, This Evening, So Soon: James Baldwin and the Voices of Queer Resistance”
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hilton Als is guest curating the exhibit “This Morning, This Evening, So Soon: James Baldwin and the Voices of Queer Resistance.” The exhibit starts July 12 at The National Portrait Gallery and runs through April 27, 2025. Baldwin often spoke out against injustices, especially at a time when he and his queer peers kept their sexuality partly hidden while they fought openly for civil rights. The exhibit will explore the intertwined lives of Baldwin, “A Raisin in the Sun” author Lorraine Hansberry, activist Bayard Rustin and more. More information on the exhibit can be found here.

Celebrate Pride on the Pier at The Wharf
Pride Month events continue Saturday from 2-10 p.m. at The Wharf, in partnership with The Washington Blade and LURe DC. Enjoy Pride on the Pier, the fifth annual celebration with live music, dancing, and entertainment for all ages. The Dockmasters Building will house a VIP experience with complimentary food and drinks during the event. The evening ends with a fireworks show. More information can be found here.

Learn about Zines at The National Museum of Women in the Arts
A Firsthand Experience workshop comes to The National Museum of Women in the Arts on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learners ages 13+ are welcome to participate in an interactive zine-making workshop led by neurodivergent collage artist and designer Jen White-Johnson. The workshop aims to have guests get a shared understanding of how intersectionality, inclusion and design justice can inform and shape the zine-making experience. More information on the event can be found here.

Rapper and singer Flo Rida will kick off the Nats post-game concert series Friday evening. Photo courtesy of MLB.com/nationals.

The Nationals Welcome Flo Rida for a Post-Game Concert
The Washington Nationals will be playing the Atlanta Braves this evening through Sunday. Friday, however, will be a special game, kicking off the Nats 2024 free post-game concerts. The four-time Grammy nominee and 42-time platinum certified rapper, singer and songwriter will host an on-field concert approximately 30 minutes following the final out. More information on how to get tickets can be found here.

Step Afrika is premiering their show “The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence” at Arena Stage this weekend. Photo courtesy of StepAfrika.org.

Premiering at Arena Stage Friday: “The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence” by Step Afrika!
Don’t miss Step Afrika!’s “The Migration: Reflections of Jacob Lawrence,” which begins Friday at Arena Stage. The show tells the story of when millions of African American migrants moved from the rural south to the more industrial north in the 1900s. They were escaping Jim Crow, racial oppression and lynchings in one of the biggest movements of people in U.S. history. The performance is in Step Afrika!’s signature percussive dance-theater style. Get tickets to the show here.

Capital Pride Parade this Saturday to Take New Route
D.C.’s annual Capital Pride Parade will take place this Saturday, starting at 3:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. The Parade will take a new route this year that no longer goes through the Dupont neighborhood. Instead, it is anticipated to begin at 14th and T Streets NW and end at Pennsylvania Avenue and 9th Streets NW. Capital Pride celebrations will also include the opening party, the 17th Street Block Party, and more. Additional information on the parade can be found here.

One Night Only: Don’t Miss The Washington Chorus’s “Elijah Reimagined”
The Washington Chorus brings the 2023-2024 season to a close with “Elijah Reimaged.” The program takes Mendelssohn’s oratorio “Elijah” and reimagines it as a stunning visual display performed by Grammy winner Will Liverman. More information on tickets can be found here.

CulturalDC Unveils “The Rose Garden: Green Room”
Beginning June 8 and lasting through July 14, an immersive art installation will be at the corner of 7th and D Streets NW. The installation features the work of Philadelphia-based trans artist John Jarboe (she/her). It also coincides with the opening of “Rose: You are Who You Eat,” which is presented by CulturalDC, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and The Washington Blade. More information on the Rose Garden: Green Room exhibit can be found here.

The 20th Anniversary Arab American Comedy Festival Concludes National Tour this Saturday at the Kennedy Center
After a year-long run, The New York Arab American Comedy Festival (NYAACF) is ending its 20th Anniversary national tour at the Kennedy Center this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Featuring local talent alongside touring standup comedians who have appeared on Comedy Central, SiriusXM, and more, the Festival has used comedy and shared laughter to combat negative portrayals of Arab Americans and Muslims in the media since its inception in 2003. More information and tickets can be found here.

Wolf Trap Opera at Holy Trinity This Friday
A free evening concert Friday will feature Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artists. The concert, held at Holy Trinity at 7 p.m., will showcase just the singer’s voices, with no sets or costumes. Enjoy the drama of opera by focusing only on the beauty of the human voice. There will be brief, pre-performance remarks by Arianna Zukerman, Wolf Trap Opera’s manager of artistic administration. More information can be found here.

Don’t miss free performances from The Washington Ballet at CityCenterDC this weekend. Photo courtesy of CityCenterDC.

The Washington Ballet Returns to CityCenterDC
This evening through Saturday evening, The Washington Ballet is hosting free performances in the CityCenter Plaza. From 6:30-7:30 p.m., enjoy a program of ballet classics excerpts and contemporary works from artistic director Edwaard Liang. More information on the event can  be found here.



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