Welcome to the dog days of summer. It’s hot, most of your colleagues are on vacation and you’re stuck wondering what to do with August. Have your best August. What follows are 31+ recommendations to have the best possible August.
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Dive into the raw art world with Yuki Hiyama’s exhibition Journey to Yuki’s World. Her first exhibition in D.C. (and only her second in the United States) functions as a sort of mid-career survey, exploring and comparing Hiyama’s work across the years. After suffering from a brain injury as an infant, Hiyama started painting at a young age and used it as a way to communicate. Her contrast heavy pieces are as abstract as they come, allowing Hiyama’s use of color, space and texture to shine through. Come meet the artist and enjoy her pieces while you listen to music from the orchestra department at the Governor’s School for the Arts at Touchstone’s opening. -Kaylee Dugan
If you want something light and easy breezy that won’t challenge your notions about immortality at all… I highly recommend you don’t go to the Revel exhibition opening at Rhizome. However, if you’re down to cry and get weird and explore death, Revel is absolutely for you. Curated by Eames Armstrong, the exhibition features work from a handful of local artists as well as music by Cory O’Brien and Adriana-Lucia Cotes. Damn it looks sick. -Kaylee Dugan
Take a deep dive on the life and dense career of 90’s lofi auteur Bob Pollard in an authorized biography from Matthew Cutter. This feels like a must-read for any/all indie rock fans, there’s bound to be a ton of great anecdotes in this sucker. -Matt Byrne
The other angle for an eminently readable rock bio is the sort of gonzo first person memoirs found in the long-awaited look back at the career of one of the most important rock guitarists of all time, Wayne Cramer. -Matt Byrne
Much-discussed lefty podcasters Chapo Trap House went and wrote a book. It’s called The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason and pre-release excerpts are honestly pretty promising! They could have went with a quick cash-in but instead collected a wide-ranging survey of everything annoying and absurd about the modern political (online) discourse. -Matt Byrne
The National Comedy Center opens in Jamestown, New York on August 1, just in time for Lucille Ball’s birthday. The center highlights an immersive and personalized museum experience in which attendants take a quiz to create a “sense-of-humor profile” that shapes the exhibits according to the viewers comedic prefrences. With over 50 exhibits, engaging games, and even the opportunity to be the comedian yourself, the National Comedy Center seems like a real hoot. -Afriti Bankwalla
After the election of Donald Trump, the importance of comedy, and specifically stand-up comedy, entered a new spotlight that begged for comedians to speak truths and point out insanities miring our newscycle lives. As we near the halfway mark of political climate where laughing is literally the only thing we can do to not cry, comedians like David Cross server as the harbingers of pointed satire and observation that speaks to the part of us still confused about what happened almost two years ago. Since his last stand-up in 2016, Cross’ career has continued to evolve through his work on Arrested Development and the very brief Bliss. In the age of Trump, where reality and pragmatism are often spoken of in the past tense, David Cross’ brand of dark, observation humor is a welcome voice of reprieve. -Ruben Gzirian
The Addison, Illinois native (and Bentzen Ball alum) is one of the funniest comics out there, and if you haven’t heard his 2016 special Loose In Chicago was among the best of the year. In particular, the final bit, titled “Sheep Casing” is one of the darkest, most bleak, and humorous looks at Western society. Also, funny if you have a favorite celebrity chef. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez
I hope you’re not tired of everything Comic-Con because it’s almost time for D.C.’s very own version! Otakon leans way more anime focused than the general pop culture party that is Comic-Con, but there’s still a decent amount of crossover. This is the second year Otakon has been in D.C. (it was held in Baltimore from 1999 to 2016), so prepare yourself for a weekend of insane costumes, weird photo ops, and some of the best damn people watching you’ve ever seen. Even if you have no idea what anime is, I recommend you park yourself near the convention center and soak in the sights. As a side note, as of this writing (typing, whatever), there are currently 666 people going to Okakon on Facebook and I hope it stays that way forever. -Kaylee Dugan
August is the perfect month to relive your childhood with cotton candy and ferris wheels. Take a break from city life and head to Gaithersburg or Arlington for pig races, demolition derbies, Tilt-a-Whirls, and, of course, deep fried Oreos. The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair promises more than 25 carnival rides and games, as well as over 35 food vendors selling all sorts of fair snacks that will definitely make you want to break your diet (good thing beach season will be almost over). Not to mention all the Monster Truck shows! If Gaithersburg is a little far, the Arlington County Fair might be a little smaller, but still features those classic carnival rides and oily foods you didn’t know you’ve been feeling nostalgic for. The Arlington County Fair will also feature several outdoor concerts and dance shows throughout its run. -Afriti Bankwalla
On August 25, from P Street to R Street, 17th Street will be taken over by vendors featuring art, food, and music that celebrates the neighborhood and its diversity. There’ll be great food, local artists and live music throughout the day. So, support some local artists and stroll down 17th for the day. -Afriti Bankwalla
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… And by that I mean it’s time to get drunk off of Bee Stings (or if you’re crafty, Snake Bites) and eat croissant ice cream in the dirtiest parking lot in D.C. In all seriousness, the Renaissance Festival is my favorite kind of nightmare. Sure, there are scantily clad weirdos carrying around fake swords, but there’s also amazing crafts, deliciously bad food (think fried mac and cheese) and shows that will take your breath away. So roll on in, get your face painted and make your way to the jousting arena, you’re not in 2018 anymore. -Kaylee Dugan
The Rickey is a D.C. original, invented in 1883 at Shoomaker’s by George A. Williamson and named after Colonel Joe Rickey. And the best place to try D.C.’s native cocktail? The annual Rickey Month competition, again presented by the DC Craft Bartenders Guild. The Rickey Competition has traditionally been the largest and most well-attended bartending competition in the District, challenging bartenders to re-imagine the District’s native cocktail in creative ways while staying true to the idea of the original.
Over 20 bars in the District competed in this year’s Rickey Month, with their unique take on the classic Rickey being featured on each of their respective menus. The final 10 competitors will be making their Rickeys for guests and judges at this year’s 10th(!) annual Finals on Sunday, August 5th at Jack Rose Dining Saloon, beginning at 12:30 p.m. By the end of the day, one will be crowned the 2018 Rickey Champion!
The esteemed judges for this year’s event are Dram & Grain’s Andy Bixby (last year’s Rickey Month Champion); The Willard’s Jim Hewes; and Archipelago’s Owen Thompson, the founder of the DC Craft Bartenders Guild. -Logan Hollers
Earlier this week, BYT published my Freshly Tapped profile of Old Bust Head’s new fruited witbier Table Talk. I’ll let you in on a little secret, though: The story is only, like, 32% about the beer. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love witbier – and Table Talk is a good one – but I don’t 5,000-words love witbier. No, it’s about the history of the brewery, the space it inhabits, and the family who founded it. Julie Broaddus and I covered a lot of ground. You should give it a read.
And in honor of the article’s release, the Vint Hill brewery is throwing a party on August 11th! Correction: The brewery is throwing a party on August 11th to celebrate its fourth anniversary. But you can totally go and pretend it’s about the article.
What can you expect at this party? HOW ABOUT BABY GOATS. I am not even lying. I know sometimes I lie and it’s hard to trust me. There will for real be baby goats at this party. But only from 1:00 to 4:00. Then, presumably, it is goat naptime.
Other than that, the nine-hour bash will feature live music… but only from 4:00 to 8:00, because no one will go watch a band when baby goats are around. Baby goats > live music. Oh, and Old Bust Head will be releasing two beers: an anniversary Belgian-style quadruple (available in 22oz bombers) and its Oktoberfest. Fun fact: Oktoberfest is Brewmaster Charles Kling’s favorite beer he makes. Just a little tidbit from the Freshly Tapped cutting room floor. Don’t mention it.
The event is free to attend, and will also feature select happy hour deals, raffle prizes, and food trucks. -Phil Runco
For the past five years, August has reliably brought D.C. residents two presents: suffocating humidity and a 3 Stars’ anniversary party. The agony and the ecstasy. And while I can’t say for sure whether this August will be just as sticky (LOLZ, of course it will be), I can say another 3 Stars anniversary party is all-systems-go.
This year’s birthday fete – the brewery’s sixth! – will go down on Sunday, August 12. You should know what to expect at this point: new beers, commemorative glassware, DJs, live music, local vendors slinging their #ultrafresh wares, and a mild Monday hangover. On the drinkable front, the two main attractions (thus far) will be the reappearance of Technicolor Life and the debut of Wheelz of Steel.
“What are these beers?” you may be wondering. Good question. Technicolor Life is a light-bodied, all-Mosaic double IPA that the brewery made for its fifth anniversary. (I dove into the recipe and the name’s meaning in last year’s The Technicolor Life of 3 Stars Brewing.) Wheelz of Steel, meanwhile, is the latest in 3 Stars’ ongoing hip-hop culture series. (Oh hey, I wrote about that, too.)
Tickets run $10 for normies and $50 for the VIP Experience. The latter option gets you early access to the brewery, four-packs of Technicolor Life and Wheelz of Steel, a custom glass, a handful of drink tickets, and no less than two thumb war matches with Dave Coleman. There will also be a “can garden,” because fuck cups. -Phil Runco
Back in May, Pizzeria Paradiso held the first of its Four Seasons Beer Festivals out in Hyattesville. It sounded pretty chill. A bunch of top-notch Maryland breweries, drink tickets, 6oz pours, lawn games. You know the drill. Beer fest shit.
But now Executive Beverage Director Drew McCormick has gone and laid down the gauntlet with Summer Fest. I’ll put it this way: Do you remember when “Fast Five” came out and your boy was like, “Dude, you gotta see the new ‘The Fast & the Furious,’” and you were like, “I don’t know, man, I missed the last few,” and he was like, “No, it doesn’t even matter. The Rock is in it now, and they rob a train, and there’s an insane favela chase scene”? OK, this is jut like that. But with beer.
On August 18th, the Dupont Pizzeria Paradiso location will turn its patio into [checks notes] heaven. Yes, heaven. For four hours. Four hours of unlimited pizza and unlimited beer. And with all due respect to Maryland, the list of breweries on the tap list is absolutely bonkers: Finback, Fonta Flora, Night Shift, Grimm, The Bruery, Lost Abbey, Bond Brothers, and, um, fucking Cantillon. You heard me correct. DWAYNE “THE CANTILLON” JOHNSON.
Tickets cost $80, so it is certainly a treat-yo-self occasion, but I would advise you to reread that last paragraph again. Pretty much none of those breweries are in market, and if you can find them, it’s $10 to $15 for a 10oz pour. Also: unlimited pizza.
R.I.P. the beer fest game. -Phil Runco
The Spy Who Dumped Me in theatres August 3
Okay, let me clarify that I’m not necessarily “excited” for this movie, as in I’m not expecting some great cinematic masterpiece to drop. I am, however, a stan for Kate McKinnon, and while I think she’s way above this role (even if it does involve starring opposite Mila Kunis), I am going to support homegirl regardless. -Megan Burns
BlacKkKlansman in theatres August 10
Spike Lee’s latest, BlacKkKlansman, looks like his take on a Coen Brothers style 20th century true-ish crime period piece. Just an absolutely killer cast here, including an especially worm-y looking Topher Grace as white supremacist Klan leader David Duke. -Matt Byrne
Crazy Rich Asians in theatres August 15
I am VERY amped for this movie, y’all. The rom-com looks like it’s going to be incredible (something I rarely say of rom-coms, for the record), but on top of that, it features an all-Asian cast – that’s HUGE. And the WOMEN in this movie! Constance Wu, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan (if you’re not watching Humans on AMC, you’re doing it wrong)…kind of a home run for diversity IMO. Definitely going to watch, potentially multiple times. -Megan Burns
Juliet, Naked in theaters August 17
Any Nick Hornby book to film adaptation is such a must see, no matter the creative team behind it. High Fidelity still remains one of my favorite movies. What makes this film, based on Hornby’s 2009 novel about the love triangle between a loveless couple and the 90s rocker they both love, is that the above and below the line talent is downright dreamy. Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd are so well matched as a couple in terms of their capacity for comedy and pathos. The casting of Ethan Hawke as a washed up 90s musical icon is so fitting (even aside from his great acting talent). This film may have taken awhile to go from page to screen because the screenplay has passed through many hands, but at least those hands are some of the most skillful in the business. Evgenia Peretz (Our Idiot Brother), Jim Taylor (basically all of Alexander Payne’s films), Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills) all get writing credit on the movie. The fact that all their previous films have a similar vibe is at least a hopefully indication that the film won’t feel to overwritten or disjointed. To top off all this talent Jesse Peretz (known for his fantastic directing work on such shows as Girls and Glow) is the director. The collaboration of all this great talent who’s previous work shares a smart, funny, and thoughtful sensibility gets my hopes up that Juliet, Naked is such a nice palate cleanser to wrap up a summer full of mindless Blockbuster sequels. -Diana Metzger
The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time airs on SyFy August 19
They’re still making Sharknado movies. The newest one is called The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time, but who knows if they’re going to stick to their guns here and actually call it after this one. This newest one incorporates time travel, so you’ve got that to look forward to. -Matt Byrne
With a tagline like “Cut loose. Hang tight. Recycle.” sPACYcLOUd could really be anything, but luckily it looks like a deeply interesting restaurant featuring a variety of local chefs, with some very sick art programming, music and even clothes. Also there’s a skate shop. I’m not entirely sure what it’s all going to look like, but I can’t wait to find out. -Kaylee Dugan
There is a lot to take away from this festival. Over 50 beers wines and a few spirits. Live music. Arts & Crafts. THE DANG SUN. However the thing that I choose to focus on, that absolutely should be focused on is….ALL THE CRABS YOU CAN EAT FOR THE 4 HOUR DURATION OF THE FESTIVAL. Challenge yourself. Try to make it the entire 4 hours. -Jenn Tisdale
Prior to Father John Misty’s most recent album, 2018’s God’s Favorite Customer, the task of listening to the former Fleet Foxes drummer was as laborious as it was dumb-founding. Every album had an exaggerated aura of invisibility and resoluteness that made Misty the musical equivalent of a glass house. On top of that, most of his earlier work committed a cardinal sin: conflating importance with boredom. But with God’s Favorite Customer, that suddenly changed, delivering a body of songs that ooze turmoil, doubt, empathy, and a rude understanding of the finite nature of time. Songs like “God’s Favorite Customer,” “Please Don’t Die,” and “Date Night” all work to strip away the pompous armor of a musician who, for too long, pretended to be something so much greater than the sum of his parts. He still may be an asshole, but at least he’s got a soul. -Ruben Gzirian
It’s the summer of Jimmy Buffett, our goth king. All hail his love for cheeseburgers, margaritas and wiley women. -Kaylee Dugan
These are Cher’s LAST SHOWS IN D.C. This is it. The last time you’ll see no less than 5,000 costume changes, probably. The last time you’ll witness a woman in her 70s who is in better shape than you. And the last time you’ll ask yourself if you believe in life after love. Well believe it babe. -Jenn Tisdale
Hanson is teaming up with the National Symphony Orchestra for the ultimate MMMMBopera. So it’s like taking a bit of your youth (Hanson) and injecting that with a bit of your adult life (NSO) for Hanson String Theory. – Jenn Tisdale
It’s not often that the headliner for a show isn’t the main attraction, but in the case of Jeremih that may very well be the case. An illustriously one-trick pony straddling R&B/hip hop, Jeremih calling card of seductive lyrics paired with production more at home on Metro Boomin’s laptop has earned him a loyal fanbase more than happy to indulge his creative balancing act. And while all of this may sound like a dig at Jeremih, there is something to be said about an artist who doesn’t feel the need to redefine himself with every album. In my opinion, the real star of the show is Teyana Taylor. Her recent album K.T.S.E. is not only a reminder of why Kanye West’s production is a national treasure, but also an uber refined snapshot of modernist soul in 2018. Taylor’s eight track album only scratches the surface of her talent, and her live performance will surely catapult her into stardom. -Ruben Gzirian
Last time Seu Jorge blessed us with his presence was December 2016, on his first (and thus far only) time touring his versions of David Bowie songs from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Jorge played an intimate and emotional show at The Howard Theatre, reminiscing on Bowie’s passing as well as that of his own father’s earlier that year. It was beautiful and moving, and there was an unspoken understanding in the audience of how special that night was. This month’s mini tour is a return to his samba-funk roots, and I expect it will be a night of bass grooves, dancing, and more uptempo tunes. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez
Mitski Be the Cowboy available August 17
The follow-up to Puberty 2, this latest record’s got a decidedly different sonic feel – it’s still the Mitski we love from what I’ve heard, but with a little twinge o’ disco? I’m very interested to see how that plays out for a full-length listen, but so far I have THOROUGHLY enjoyed listening to tracks like “Nobody” on repeat. There’s no doubt in my mind we’re in for a real nice treat with this one. -Megan Burns
Still Corners Slow Air available August 17
“The Trip” (off 2013’s Strange Pleasures) remains one of my favorite tracks by this London-based duo, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have room in my heart for the new repertoire! Slow Air is the follow-up to 2016’s Dead Blue, and if “Black Lagoon” is any indication of what we’re in for overall, then I’m 100% here for it! -Megan Burns
Mura Masa’s 2017 self-titled debut was a breath of fresh air in a growing catalogue of electronic music coming out of the UK. That album, one which I had the pleasure of seeing performed live at Flash nightclub in early-2018, was a curated juxtaposition of hip-hop, grime, electronic, and house music that expertly encapsulated the current state of genre-bending music. Mura Masa’s skill as a producer paired with his cavalier mix and matching of different genres simply because he can, creates a package that simply begs for more music. Mura Masa’s latest work, the infectiously layered song-of-the-summer contender “Move Me,” is a statement of intent from a young artist quickly working to carve out his own niche in a growing demographic of young producers unafraid to test the limits of music theory. -Ruben Gzirian
Ok, ok – I know it’s easy to roll your eyes at any and all exponents of yacht rock, or dad R&B, or whatever it is we’re calling it now. But there’s a reason the smooth, generally inoffensive dulcet sounds have persisted this long and seem to be making a comeback: it’s GOOD. Michael McDonald has been around the block and remains both an inspiration and collaborator to some of the leading lights in contemporary music, including Thundercat, Solange, and Grizzly Bear. McDonald released his first collection of new material in a decade just last year, as well as a live album, and I’ve got a feeling that this former member of Steely Dan AND The Doobie Brothers still has a lot to offer. A late summer show at Wolf Trap seems like a great place to catch him. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez
Blood Orange Negro Swan out August 24
This will be the fourth full-length record Dev Hynes has put out as Blood Orange, and it follows Freetown Sound, which is still getting regular airplay in my headphones two years after its release. I trust any/everything that Dev Hynes touches, so I’m completely confident that this will be a work of art. But I am especially on board after reading his mission statement: “My newest album is an exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of color. A reach back into childhood and modern traumas, and the things we do to get through it all. The underlying thread through each piece on the album is the idea of HOPE, and the lights we can try to turn on within ourselves with a hopefully positive outcome of helping others out of their darkness.” Incredibly important. -Megan Burns
Wild Nothing Indigo available August 31
I’ve had the pleasure of listening to an advance of this one, which is the fourth for Jack Tatum as Wild Nothing. It feels simultaneously familiar and brand new, which makes sense considering homeboy tackles the man vs. machine dilemma throughout the course of the LP. (I’m into it.) -Megan Burns
Anna Calvi Hunter available August 31
I can’t even properly put into words how much I admire Anna Calvi. If you’re not on the boat, get there – she is a goddamned PRODIGY. Hunter will be Calvi’s first full-length record since 2013’s One Breath, so I’m super stoked to see how she’s creatively changed and/or stayed the same over the course of five years. (10/10 will buy.) -Megan Burns
Tash Sultana Flow State available August 31
This is the Australian singer-songwriter’s debut studio record. If you’ve seen the non-binary artist play live, you’ll immediately get why this is gonna be SO SO SO GOOD! But even if you haven’t, let me just say that it’ll shred. Pre-order now, duh. -Megan Burns
Citi Open continues through August 5
This is the Thunderdome of tennis tournaments, is what I’ve been saying. As of now (Tuesday 7/31) here’s who is left. Please read in extreme Tina Turner voice. YOU DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO. For the men: Malek Jaziri, Tim Smyczek, Hubert Hurkacz, Noah Rubin, Marius Copil, and Andy Murray. For the women: Sloane Stephens, Andrea Petkovic, Naomi Osaka, Ana Bogdan, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Belinda Bencic, Donna Vekic, Yulia Putintseva and Nao Hubino. -Jenn Tisdale
Apparently there is a pole vault training center located on East Capitol Street near RFK and that is where you can learn how to pole vault with the fine folks of DC Fray. If you sign up for either session you get a private session with an expert from DC Vault + a demonstration + practicing with a 5 foot bar….to start. They also encourage you to bring your dog! No word on whether or not the dogs can also learn how to pole vault. -Jenn Tisdale
English Premier League Soccer Returns August 11
Soccer fans the world over are still recovering from their post World Cup hangovers, for which there is only one cure: more soccer! The English Premier League delivers agony and ecstasy by the truck-load, which is why it’s the most-watched sports league on the planet. The big clubs like reigning champs Manchester City, the historically dominant Manchester United, and Russian oligarch-owned Chelsea, all have their sights set on the trophy, but the title race isn’t the league’s only source of excitement. English soccer is a ruthless sport that punishes teams who consistently under-perform by relegating them from whichever league they’re in, and being relegated from one of the most lucrative leagues in the world is a fate that no club wants to suffer. Every season, three teams are relegated from the Premier League, and many have yet to recover. This means that even games featuring teams from the lower-half of the table are exciting. There’s always something to play for. The world of soccer features more drama than Hollywood, so get ready for some engaging narratives…and the occasional 0-0 draw, obviously. -Norm Quarrinton
It’s time to run for some lives, but thankfully not your own! Join The Friends of the National Zoo at Freedom Plaza for The Fast and The Fierce. All runners will have the opportunity to fundraise, which will directly support the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program. Then after the run it’s the after run at the zoo. And by that we mean after the run head over to the zoo for Enrichment Day, a full day of activities, talks and demonstrations designed to enrich the lives of the animals! By the way costumes at the run are encouraged so please come dressed as your favorite zoo animal or just throw on a white tank top for that classic Dominic Toretto look. THIS IS ABOUT FAMILY. -Jenn Tisdale
US Open begins August 27
Coming off the heels of Wimbledon, the US Open (America’s favorite Grand Slam tennis tournament) is set to kick off here in NYC on August 27th! While I’ll most definitely be watching on TV, I think I’ll also try to hit up a match or two. I went for the very first time last year, and it was AMAZING. If you’re in the area, or just want an excuse to come to the Big Apple for an overnight or two, you should most definitely grab tickets. Still unsure? Plenty of the players we told you to look out for at Citi Open will be there – brush up on all the reasons you should care here! -Megan Burns
Better Call Saul season 4 begins August 6
Better Call Saul, more like Better Than Breaking Bad! Season 4 is upon us and frankly I can’t wait to be back in this world. Love the vibe of this show so much. -Matt Byrne
Insecure season 3 begins August 12
It’s tough to think of an HBO comedy that felt more alive — more vibrant and full of possibility — while also being as well-thought-out as last year’s second season of Insecure. The politics (so dicey!), the relationships (so risky — but tempting!), the music (dear god, the music…) — this show didn’t have its finger on the pulse, this show was the pulse. It was the most important story to watch in 2017, and if you missed it, it’s time to fire up your HBO Go account before this cast of hip, love-addled Angelinos returns for season three on August 12.
Star Issa Rae has one of those classic TV Actress Faces, like Gillian Anderson or Mary Tyler Moore, where you can watch the whole story play out in the tiny muscles around her eyes. Is it expressive? Only like a 75-piece orchestra. At her nonprofit job, working with struggling public school kids, her small successes and failures were so real you could smell the wide-rule notebooks. Among her coterie of wise-cracking, champagne-guzzling friends (Yvonne Orji’s Molly is spinoff-worthy, but I don’t want her going anywhere), there are hedonism and ambition in equal measure. And her beaux? Gurl, pull up a chair. -Tristan Lejeune
Disenchantment is released on Netflix August 17
Matt Groening’s new series Disenchantment looks like Futurama but fantasy instead of sci-fi I guess. The first season hits Netflix this month, so you can find out how it is! Abbi from Broad City plays the main character, which is neat. -Matt Byrne
Andrea Gibson — LGBT poet, author, and activist — hits the 9:30 stage on Friday, August 3 to bless DC as part of Gibson’s 2018 tour. Gibson’s newest book, Take Me With You, is set to be a key fixture in the poet’s 2018 tour. Focusing on topics such as gender, sexual orientation, and politics, Gibson’s voice resonates with almost every aspect of the listener’s experience — particularly relevant for the world we live in today. Bonus points — $1 of every ticket sold will support Black Lives Matter — and this is the first show of Gibson’s I’ve ever known to have tickets available just days in advance. -Sabrina Kent
Once again, Shakespeare Theatre brings its lovely summer tradition of the Free-For-All Show back to its main stage. It’s such a smart move for a major theatre that instead of remaining dark for the end of summer, they open their doors to the public for free performances of a reboot of one of their past successful shows. Even if you saw last year’s production, that sexy red room and director Alan Paul are back but it’s a mostly new cast to enjoy. And it’s FREE. Shakes has made it super easy to snatch up tickets with an online lottery that can be accessed on their website. It’s a damn classy date night idea… and we won’t tell your date you scored prime tickets for gratis if you don’t. -Diana Metzger
The latest entry in Nintendo’s inventively eccentric WarioWare franchise is essentially a greatest hits compilation comprised of about 300 “microgames” from previous installments — but that ain’t a bad thing. The series (which stars Mario’s former nemesis Wario as its protagonist) launched back in 2003 with the release of Mega Microgame$! for the Game Boy Advance, and was soon followed by a bunch of sequels released on a various Nintendo platforms. The franchise is never going to break any sales records, but it has a loyal following of fans who helped it survive the rise and subsequent dominance of smartphone gaming. Like its predecessors, WarioWare Gold challenge players to complete a series of brief and increasingly challenging puzzles that test reflexes, brain power, as well as the player’s ability to bash buttons really fast. And since this game is coming out on the 3DS, players can also expect to complete challenges by blowing into a microphone and drawing stuff on the touchscreen. When you’ve completed a microgame, you move on to the next one, but fail more than four time and it’s curtains for you! -Norm Quarrinton
Sega’s Yakuza franchise is a series of brilliantly bonkers open-world action-adventure games. Think GTA, but with more charm. Oh, and they’re Japanese as fuck. The series is centered around an on-again/off-again gangster named Kiryu Kazuma as he kicks, punches, and sings (yep) his way through Kamurocho, a fictionalized version of the real life Kabukichō district in Tokyo (although he does occasionally leave Tokyo). 2016’s Yakuza Kiwami was a remake of the first entry in the franchise (originally released on the PS2 back in 2005), and fans of the franchise had been clamoring for a remake of the franchise’s second entry (2006’s Yakuza 2) ever since. You can do all sorts of awesome video game-ass stuff in these games, and you can pick most of them up for pretty cheap now. So if you’re a PS4 owner and you’ve never played a Yakuza game, stop reading this and go buy one right now. -Norm Quarrinton