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12 Of Our Favorite Events In D.C. This Week

Baseball fanatics, chocoholics, Westworld zealots, and Bernie-philes will have a lot to write home about this week as the city's mid-summer events calendar shows no sign of slowing down.


BATTER UP: With the first D.C.-hosted MLB All-Star Game in nearly 50 years arriving Tuesday, the city will be abuzz with all things baseball early this week. If you aren't able to score highly coveted tickets to Monday's Home Run Derby or Tuesday's game, you can still get in on the action at several local events. As an alternative to sweating in the stands or waiting in line for an autograph, head to The Wharf for MLB Assembly, an exploration of "the intersection of art, fashion, and music," including a performance from rapper BlocBoy JB. (District Pier at the Wharf, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., FREE)

... AND DRINK UP: Sip on a dozen select beers from area craft brewers, including The Veil (Richmond) and RAR (Cambridge, MD), The Answer (Richmond), and Aslin Beer Company (Herndon), at the penultimate stop on the All-Stars of Craft Beer five-day tour at Neighborhood Restaurant Group watering holes. All-Star Game ticket holders get their first taster gratis. (Want more? The Partisan hosts All-Star sours Tuesday). (Eatbar, 4 p.m.-11 p.m., free entry)

FINDING THE WORDS: Discuss National Book Award-winning American poet Terrance Hayes'recent collection of sonnets, written in the first 200 days of the Trump presidency, at American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin. (Politics and Prose, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., FREE)

MORE: GEICO All-Star FanFest (Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., $19-$35), Play Ball Park (First and M streets SE, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., FREE), March on Washington Film Festival: Women in the Movement—Lorraine Hansberry (NYU Washington, D.C., 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m., $15)


FIRST AND FOREMOST: Gain some fresh insights into the lives of first ladies from the 20th and 21st centuries at this book discussion with Andrew Och, C-SPAN producer and author of Unusual for Their Time: On the Road with America's First Ladies volumes one and two, discusses how women such as Edith Wilson, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama used the platform in varied ways. (S. Dillon Ripley Center, 6:45 p.m., $20-$30)

SEE, IT IS GOOD FOR YOU: It's amazing how many chocolate bars you can scarf down in a lifetime without having the faintest inkling of how to make the stuff. Get your hands on some cacao, as well as healing herbs from Common Good City Farm, as you create your own "powerful" batch of sweetness at Chocolate Making: Bean to Bar with Herbal Infusion. (Common Good City Farm, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., $55)

MOVE OVER, MICHAEL SCOTT: Former stand-up comedian and current author Jen Coken(When I Die, Take My Panties: Turning Your Darkest Moments into Your Greatest Gifts) brings her experience as a motivational coach to a workshop on how to improve your daily office existence with humor. A Comedy Workshop with Jen Coken (Drafthouse Comedy Theater, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., $25)

MORE: Georgetown Sunset Cinema: Pitch Perfect (Georgetown Waterfront Park, 8:30 p.m., FREE), Target Family Night: Soapbox Nation Initiative (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 6 p.m., FREE)


BYE, BYE, BYE: Paul Simon likely was exaggerating, but for a literal take on "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (and an alternative to this version), grab tickets to 50 Ways ..., a Capital Fringe Festival production that employs six actors to demonstrate 50 relationship-ending scenes. (Best for 13+ as scenes contain some profanity.) (Christ United Methodist Church, 7:15 p.m., $17)

CORNY, BUT NOT CORNY: Learn about the part corn has played in Mexican culinary history from Manos de Maiz founder Joahna Hernandez as you discuss and sample corn-based foods and sample a welcome drink at Wandering Epicures: Exploring Mexican Heritage Corn. (District Space, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., 21+, $45)

BURNING JEWELRY: On August 26, famed desert event Burning Man returns to Black Rock City, Nevada, for an exploration of its 10 principles, including "radical inclusion" and "decommodification." But don't think accessories aren't a part of the experience: At The Jewelry of Burning Man, learn about its role from Karen Christians, co-author of a book on the matter. (Renwick Gallery, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Are Kids Getting Shortchanged in the Federal Budget? (Urban Institute, Noon-1:30 p.m., FREE), Movie Nights in Chinatown Park: The Scent of Green Papaya (Chinatown Park, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m., FREE)


FEEL THE BERN, AGAIN: Forget Larry David. See James Adomian reprise his performance as former presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (as seen on Comedy Central) in Bernie Sanders Town Hall, part of the third annual Kennedy Center District of Comedy Festival. (Kennedy Center Atrium, 6 p.m., FREE)

A NEW BOND: The D.C. creative agency Ghost Note is launching its own publication and event series, The Bond, meant to promote diversity and bridge communities in the city's creative scene. At the first event, The Color Creative: A New Creative Class in a New D.C., hear from panelists from Diet Starts MondayDistinctly Creative and others. Diet Starts Monday also hosts the afterparty. (WeWork Wonder Bread Factory, 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m., FREE)

PARANOID ANDROIDS: Westworld fan? See the film that started it all at this outdoor screening. The Michael Crichton-directed 1973 thriller Westworld, stars Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, and James Brolin as players (or perhaps androids) in a Western-themed amusement park where things quickly run amok. Bring your own picnic, or take advantage of the food trucks that will be parked nearby. (National Academy of Sciences, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Speedfriending: Ladies Only Networking Event (Hawthorne, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., $12-$22), Concerts on the Lawn: Batala Washington D.C. (North Lawn of LOC Thomas Jefferson Building, 7 p.m., FREEColor of Surveillance: Government Monitoring of Religious Minorities (Georgetown University Law Center, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., FREE)

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