While it’s difficult to believe, not everyone is 21+. The not yet a girl/boy, not yet a woman/man people deserve to have fun. Here’s a useful guide to the weekend fun for all the 18-20 year-old people. Fun fact: you don’t have to be 18-20 to enjoy these things!
Reckless Kelly @ 9:30 Club— ($15, All Ages) DC doesn’t country often but when we do…we do it damn good. Reckless Kelly (the country and less creepy of the R. Kelly’s) is at 9:30 Club and goes oh so good with this hot weather and cut-off jean shorts.
Spit Dat Slam Poetry– ($1 Donation, All Ages) Going to a slam poetry event you typically have expectations of motley linguists shouting wisdom to the equally cool/artsy crowd, in which you’ll then have a series of orgasmic epiphanies about life and love. These events usually fall short. FORTUNATELY Spit Dat attracts some of the best of DC’s slam poets, and in case you didn’t know, DC is supposed to hold some of the best slam poets in the nation. This is gritty, this is raw, this is slam poetry you climax to.
Andhim w/ DJ Lisa Frank @ U Hall – ($12, 18+) U Street Music Hall, though known for their consistently AWESOME lineup of little-known and emerging indie rock artists, also plays host to some gem DJs and producers on Friday nights before (and after) the main act takes the stage. This week is no exception: Andhim is a sincerely badass German nu-disco deep-house duo who know how to throw down some seriously original and sexy tracks–I’m very partial to their remix of Klosch’s “All That Matters.” This is a can’t-miss.
NEXT at Noon Gallery Talk @ Corcoran Gallery of Art- (FREE, All Ages) – Corcoran staff and museum curators moderate a discussion about graphic design and digital art with a select handful of students from noon to 1 p.m. Learn a lil’ something about modern technique and the evolution of art in the last decade.
Lorde + Nas @ Infieldfest – ($60-70, All Ages) – If you (like me) missed Nas at the Kennedy Center and stared a $300 ticket down on Craigslist, you’re just as excited about this non-sold-out-show as I am. Plus, Lorde consistently delivers shows that are nothing if not entertaining in that claw-scraping-the-air kind of way, so throwing down 60 bucks for this festival is pretty worth it (especially if Nas plays anything from Illamatic).
Float Opening Reception— (FREE, All Ages) – Four Jamaican artists are showcasing their new work at Transformer which includes photography, sculpture, and other mixed media. The artists worked with free-floating objects to create a new identity for the native subjects of their art. If you’ve never felt art push you or your beliefs, then this is your moment.
Popup Shop @ Smith Commons – (FREE, All Ages) – Smith Commons and Soap clothing are teaming up for a day party–think unreleased collections, music and special discounts from noon to 5 p.m. Plus, it’s called “Fresh Factory” and if that hot phrase doesn’t catch your eye, I don’t know what will.
King Britt @ Jefferson memorial – (FREE, All Ages) – Jam to some electronic music during this sunset DJ set on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. A handful of local DJs will make an appearance beginning at 4 p.m., so grab a friend, a blanket and a camera to capture some portraits during the golden hour.
Dance workshop @ Carnegie Library – (FREE, All Ages) – As part of the Dance DC Festival, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will host the all-ages workshop. Learn to jitterbug and hand dance from 6:30 to 9 p.m. so you look a little better on the dance floor.
Highasakite w/ Faces on Film @ Black Cat – ($12, All Ages) – Spend your Sunday night jamming to some Norwegian indie pop courtesy of Highasakite. Doors open at 7:30.