Summer is very nearly over, so be sure to make this weekend count; whether you’re down for virtual or IRL vibes, there’s loads on deck including Black Restaurant Week, a drive-in screening of 42 as part of Union Market’s Chadwick Boseman tribute, Black Cat’s 27th virtual birthday party, the reopening of four more Smithsonian institutions and more:
- Summer officially wraps up next week, so if you need inspo to make the last few days count, be sure to check out our full SUMMER RULES archive.
- If you haven’t already, be sure to hit up Victura Park; it’s the outdoor pop-up wine garden with amazing views we honestly all need and deserve, plus here are even more spots for meals with a view in DC.
- Rosh Hashanah kicks off this evening; if you’re a procrastinator, there’s still time to grab to-go specials (including brisket, challah, honey cake etc.) from several DMV spots.
- We spoke with Kate Reed Perry about her debut novel, True Story, which received a glowing review from The New York Times, talked Broken season 2 with host Tara Palmeri, and we also talked to Gracie and Rachel, who’ve got a great sophomore record out TODAY.
- Meanwhile, Josh Cogan shared his INCREDIBLE portraits with us that you might’ve scope in that DNC x Springsteen short film. (And speaking of short films, GATHER by Events DC is offering production services as well as hosting live-streamed events. Details.)
- We loved Rent-A-Pal, which, frankly, makes Joker look like child’s play, and we loved Teenage Bounty Hunters because IT RULES.
- DC Art All Night kicks off tonight with two full weeks of rad virtual programming ft. classes, performances, a marketplace and more.
- If you’re in search of some new artisans and makers to obsess over, BRWN Collective Studio have some great suggestions.
- And for even more things to obsess over, here’s everything we’re into at BYT this week ft. Hulu shows, Etsy t-shirts and more.
Friday September 18th
- For starters, FOUR MORE Smithsonian institutions are back up and running (with reduced hours and capacity) starting today if you’ve been missing IRL visits.
- Also happening early (10am ET) is a virtual Rosh Hashanah celebration streaming for free from Brooklyn Bowl; Bowl Hashanah will feature live and pre-recorded performances from members of Real Estate, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more, plus there’ll be guided meditation, spiritual vibes and more.
- And Black Restaurant Week is in full swing, so if you’re looking to grab some great food, here’s where to head.
- Later, be sure to tune into Black Cat DC’s virtual 27th anniversary celebration on YouTube ft. Ted Leo, Algiers and more; starts at 9pm ET.
- Abracadabra Fest is also bringing the dance vibes from 4:45pm ET, so tune in via Twitch to catch Madame Gandhi, Lunar Disco and more.
- Union Market’s celebration of Chadwick Boseman’s life also continues tonight with a drive-in screening of 42; lot opens at 7:15pm and closes at 8:15pm before the movie starts promptly at 8:30pm. $20 per vehicle.
- Speaking of drive-in films, Loudoun Arts Film Fest is doing its second (and final) weekend out in Middleburg today and tomorrow, so if you’re down for a drive, definitely worth checking out.
- Or if you’re less keen to hop in a car, just hit up Songbyrd DC for dinner and a movie (it’s Yellow Submarine tonight) on the roof; minimum $25 spend per table.
- More into literary times? Books Are Magic will host a free Zoom with Suzzy Roche, who’ll be talking The Town Crazy with Meg Wolitzer at 7pm ET.
- Or if you’d just prefer to have a virtual dinner with Corey Booker, Busboys & Poets will host him at their weekly Zoom dinner at 6pm ET.
- (You can also do what I’m doing, aka binge-watching the new season of PEN15 on Hulu.)
Saturday September 19th
- For starters, grab some breakfast tacos from a little socially-distanced pop-up at the Arboretum.
- And after, clearly hit up a virtual Little Mermaid-themed drag fitness class at 11am ET.
- You can also pop by Soufside Market, a completely Black-owned market that’s happening every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
- And/or get moving with a full day of virtual programming from the Kennedy Center in honor of National Dance Day.
- It’s also the last day to take advantage of Tomatina Festival at Jaleo until next year, so get in on that action if you haven’t.
- In terms of tunes, you can scope Abracadabra Fest via Twitch ft. performances by Paris Hilton, Tycho and more starting at 4:45pm ET.
- Jose Gonzalez, meanwhile, is going live on FB at 1:30pm ET, and Thick will be going live on Instagram at 4pm ET.
- Fair Fight Fest is also going on today, and will feature virtual performances from Christelle Bofale, Madeline Kenney, Erin Rae, Hiss Golden Messenger and more beginning at 8pm ET; tickets are $15.
- Plus Deer Tick will be performing via Seated at 8pm ET for $25+, Perfume Genius has a few live-streamed $15 gigs slated starting at 3pm ET, and Kotic Couture is doing a live-stream from Songbyrd at 8pm ET for $15.
- More into books? Michael Ian Black is going live via Politics & Prose live-stream to talk A Better Man at 4pm ET.
Sunday September 20th
- First up, head to sourdough bootcamp via Brooklyn Brainery’s virtual course starting at 3:30pm ET; tickets are $50.
- And be sure to tune into Fair Fight Fest again, which’ll feature performances from Shamir, Ian Sweet, Julia Jacklin and more starting at 8pm ET; tickets are still $15.
- More into IRL vibes? Get to NMWA’s Community Day ft. free admission from noon to 5pm.
- You can also scope some live tunes at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens from the Virginia Chamber Orchestra starting at 3pm ET; tickets are just $3-$6.
- Plus Cultivate the City is going to teach you how to make your own hot sauce at H Street Farms starting at 1pm ET; tickets are $30.