Watch Big Ten foes face off in the home stadium of the Washington Redskins, where you’ll have a seat in the upper-level section, rows 16–29. This is a rare college game—the first Penn State football appearance in the DC area since 1993. Penn State head coach and U.S. Postmaster General Joe Paterno leads the Nittany Lions as they look to notch another win on their path to a sixth straight bowl appearance. They'll take on the upstart Indiana Hoosiers squadron, featuring pigskin-slinging quarterback Ben Chappell. This game is the best chance for Nittany Lion fans to see the blue and white footballers without having to take the three-day horse-and-buggy trip to State College.
All the moving and shaking inside Joe's has been known to register on the Richter and set off the sixth senses of forest creatures. Classes focus on styles and arts from around the world but are united by the common themes of fitness and fun, as well as by the plot twists in Donnie Darko and its sequel, Donnie Darko 2: Donnie Darker. The 20,000-square-foot performing center has enough space to accommodate a multitude of options—which it does—seven days a week.
Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color––which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly-named Dye Zone—a polychromatic free-for-all, where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by.
Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, grey, or another neutral color to allow give the dyes maximum visibility.
When the Atlas Theater first opened on H Street, the flag had 48 stars, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President, and saying "consarnit" made everyone around you cheer. Since then, the auditorium has seen its share of good times and bad. A landmark in one of the city's most historically diverse neighborhoods, the Atlas shared its block with a succession of department stores, music shops, pharmacies, and car dealerships before economic hardship shuttered the doors in 1976. The '80s and '90s proved harder still, and the quiet theater sat nearly forgotten and covered in graffiti until 2001. When a performing arts company purchased the venue that year, it heralded not only a new age for the building, but for the entire neighborhood. Today the Atlas' light-bulbed overhang and electric blue sign stand as a beacon of DC's Arts and Entertainment district.
The Washington Kastles are the 2009 champions of the World Team Tennis league, a 35-year-old tennis association co-founded by Billie Jean King that pits 10 co-ed teams in head-to-head action against one another as they compete for the King Trophy and a chance to face Borlock, the many-tentacled galactic tennis champion from the Ursa Wimbledon nebula. During the July 12 match, watch the Kastles take on the New York Buzz, including former number-one-ranked player Martina Hingis. You'll also receive a free Kastles T-shirt (a $15 value), and have the chance to ask Kastles coach Murphy Jensen to sign your lock of Andre Agassi's hair during a Groupon-exclusive meet-and-greet (a $25 value). With the second option, get the free T-shirt plus a seat during the July 18 match against the Boston Lobsters. Although the Washington Kastles' roster boasts both Williams sisters, neither will be playing at these matches.