On this week’s agenda: a LEGO festival for kids and adults, a pub crawl to kick off Oktoberfest, and whimsical comedy from Aparna Nancherla. The MLK Jr. Memorial Library celebrates Banned Book Week, and the Folger Consort remembers lute ayres from Shakespeare’s day. Enjoy yourselves, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in DC. Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival at Maryland State Fairgrounds Lutherville-Timonium | Through September 21 As children age up, so do the creations they build with LEGO bricks. At Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival, adults and kids engage in a shared love of all things LEGO by building new creations and showing off ornate sculptures. You can also snag custom LEGO accessories, including sci-fi weapons scaled to a LEGO minifig's grasp. (2200 York Rd., Lutherville-Timonium, MD; $22; buy tickets here) District Oktoberfest at RFD Chinatown | September 20–21 To kick off a month of celebrating Bavarian culture, bar RFD is hosting a tour of Chinatown watering holes where participants guzzle a 12-ounce pour of each establishment's Oktoberfest speciality. The eight-hour beerathon will drop in at bars such as Iron Horse Tap Room, Penn Social, Jackpot, and Rocket Bar, and all locations will have specials in addition to their included beers. (810 7th St. NW; $25; buy tickets here) Aparna Nancherla at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage Foggy Bottom | Monday, September 22, at 6 p.m. One of the 2013 New Faces at Just for Laughs, Aparna Nancherla brings her brand of whimsical, absurdist, and smart comedy to the Kennedy Center's Theater Lab. A DC native, Nancherla has recently made a name for herself performing standup on Conan and writing and corresponding for FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. (2700 F St. NW; free) Banned Books Week and Uncensored: The Art Exhibit at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Chinatown | Through September 27 The MLK Memorial Library salutes banned books with its new exhibit, Uncensored: The Art Exhibit. The collection showcases paintings, videos, and performance art that explore the concept of censorship. Programming also includes literary crafts for kids in the Children's Room, and a screening of To Kill A Mockingbird (Monday, September 22) to honor the once-banned book of the same title. (901 G St. NW; free) Courting Elizabeth: Music and Patronage in Shakespeare's England at Folger Elizabethan Theatre Capitol Hill | Friday, September 26, 8 p.m. Strumming viols and a lute, the Folger Consort will perform five dances by Elizabethan lutenist John Dowland, who counted the King of Denmark and the Earl of Essex among his patrons. Also on the program: lute ayres and select lyra viol pieces by Scottish composer Tobias Hume. (201 E. Capitol St. SE; $37; buy tickets here) Photo courtesy of Brick Fest LiveRead More
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On this week’s agenda: a beer festival with the band !!!, flamenco music in the Sculpture Garden, a kid-size signing of the Constitution, the return of Lil Boosie, and a seriously transformative circus. Enjoy yourselves, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in DC. Third Annual Snallygaster Beer Festival at The Yards The Yards | Saturday, September 13 This year's fest features more than 250 craft brews from around the globe, including autumn seasonals, cask ales, assorted barrel-aged beers, and craft cans. The beers will pair nicely with gourmet treats from local purveyors such as Red Hook Lobster Pound, Lemongrass Truck, Red Apron Butchery, and Takorean. Live music from dance-punk outfit !!! and local electro-pop artist Brett completes the festival trifecta. (1st St. SE and N St. SE; $35; buy tickets here) Ricardo Marlow and Ensemble at the National Gallery of Art National Mall | Sunday, September 14 Amid the leaves and statues of the Sculpture Garden, classical guitarist Ricardo Marlow will honor Hispanic Heritage Month with a performance of his signature flamenco melodies. Marlow's striking, percussive style is ideal for dancing, and will be amplified even further by the seductive strings of his accompanying ensemble. (700 Constitution Ave. NW; free) Constitution Day Family Activities at Boeing Learning Center Federal Triangle | Wednesday, September 17 Parents and kids can channel the penmanship of the Founding Fathers by reenacting the signing of the Constitution a mere 227 years later. The National Archives and Records Administration will provide quill pens for children to apply their own John Hancocks (or, in this case, George Washingtons) on replicas of the great document. Crafts and costumes will also be on hand to add to the colonial festivities. (700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; free) Lil' Boosie at Echostage Langdon Park | Friday, September 19, at 9 p.m. Fresh from his release from Louisiana State Penitentiary, the rapper who perked ears with hits like "Give Me That" and "Better Believe It" is back with a new single ("Show Da World") and a new outlook on life. On this tour, expect him to get back to business, turning new phrases in preparation for his forthcoming album. (2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE; $65; buy tickets here) Big Apple Circus's Metamorphosis at Dulles Town Center Sterling | Thursday, September 18, and Friday, September 19 New York's legendary circus troupe returns to bewitch crowds through trapeze artistry, torch juggling, contortion, and gymnastic feats performed on horses. The show is called Metamorphosis, and the acrobats take this theme seriously; many death-defying tricks and stunts focus on transformation, such as turning balls into flames. (21100 Dulles Town Circle, Suite 194, Sterling, Virginia; $35; buy tickets here) Photos courtesy of Big Apple Circus, Snallygaster, and the National Gallery of Art.Read More
On this week’s agenda: synchronized swimming gets theatrical, City Dogs Rescue hosts a dinner party, comedy juggling invades Rockville, Amy Schumer headlines a comedy festival, and an Edgar Allan Poe story takes an operatic turn. Enjoy yourselves, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in DC. SynchroSwim at Capitol Skyline Hotel Pool Capitol Hill | Sunday, August 17 The swimmers of SynchroSwim aren’t professional synchronized swimmers, but they’re very good at pretending. For their fourth annual competition, members of the Washington Project for the Arts will combine synchronized swimming, performance art, and musical theater into creative water routines at Capitol Skyline Hotel's Miami-inspired pool. Although this year’s routines remain closely guarded secrets, past teams have celebrated the music of Van Halen, acted out Fluid Movement's “Jason and the Aquanauts: 20,000 Legs Over The Sea,” and even used water ballet to condemn BP's role in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (10 I (eye) St. SW; free) CDR's "Dining Out with Dogs" with EatWell DC Logan Circle | Monday, August 18 Do you love dogs, dinners, and do-gooding? If so, farm-to-table restaurant group EatWell DC has a deal for you. During the group’s third annual Dining Out with Dogs event, grateful pooches from City Dogs Rescue receive 15% of all proceeds from meals purchased at restaurants including Logan Tavern, Commissary, and Grillfish. Reservations are strongly recommended, and kids younger than 10 seated by 6:30 p.m. are free at all eateries. (1423 P St. NW; prices vary; buy tickets here) Square Kids Night with Michael Rosman's Magic & Entertainment Show at Rockville Town Square Rockville | Wednesday, August 20 Rockville's Square Kids Night summer series comes to a close on Wednesday with a show befitting August's magical theme. Comedy juggler Michael Rosman tests his dexterity with all kinds of unorthodox implements, incorporating knives, flaming torches, bullwhips, a blender, a unicycle, and even willing audience members into his raucous act. In addition to pestering parents for juggling lessons, kids can lounge on their own blankets or splash about in the square's fountain during the show. (200 E. Middle Ln., Rockville, MD; free) Oddball Comedy Fest: Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Dave Attell, and More at Jiffy Lube Live Bristow | Thursday, August 21 Preeminent comedy website Funny or Die presents the Oddball Comedy Fest, reveling in the eccentric standup and dark wit of comedy's most notable and rising stars. Noted laugh producers Hannibal Buress, Chris Hardwick, and Jeffrey Ross will join Schumer, Burr, and Attell for the two-stage festival, filling the air around Jiffy Lube Live with the ringing sound of fresh chuckles. (7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow, VA; $29.75–$79.75; buy tickets here) The Pallas Theatre Collective's The Fall Of The House Of Usher: A New Musical at Anacostia Arts Center Anacostia | Through Sunday, August 24 The Pallas Theatre Collective’s musical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous short makes its DC premiere this month, using dark melodies and operatic lyrics by composer Sarah Hirsch and librettist Molly Fox to tell the story of a struggling painter who visits a haunted mansion and discovers the decaying family within. Perhaps befitting the august source material, the company has entrusted the production to its biggest guns, with Pallas Theatre founder and managing artistic director Tracey Elaine Chessum overseeing things in the director’s seat. (1231 Good Hope Rd. SE; $25; buy tickets here) Photos: SynchroSwim courtesy of Washington Project for the Arts; Square Kids Night courtesy of Rockville Town Square; Amy Schumer courtesy of Oddball Comedy FestRead More