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11 Things To Do Around D.C. This Week

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If you grew up on Mr. Rogers, anime, or Top Ramen, then this is the week you've been waiting for. Also, try to throw a strike while grooving to go-go.

MONDAY, AUGUST 6

JUST DANCE: As part of the Hirshhorn's first live performance series, Does the Body Rule the Mind or Does the Mind Rule the Body?, choreographer Moriah Evans brings us Be My Muse. The performance-art exhibit, which will incorporate suggestions from the audience, repeats on the hour for much of the day and continues through Friday. (Hirshhorn Museum, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE)

BRING YOUR ZIP-UP SWEATER: A much-hyped documentary has been out for a couple months and a feature film (which its director insists is "not a biopic") is forthcoming, but if you just can't get enough of Mr. Rogers, dedicate your Monday night to the children's television icon and make-believe advocate. Karen Struble Myers of the Fred Rogers Center discusses Rogers' creative process and his legacy (including the question "What would Fred Rogers do?") at Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor. (S. Dillon Ripley Center, 6:45 p.m., $30-$45)

MOREJakub Trasak and Jiri Nedoma (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 6 p.m., FREE), The Comedy Shuffle (D.C. Comedy Loft, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., FREE), Strange and Curious Smithsonian Jobs: Real Gems, Rubies and Ruby Slippers (S. Dillon Ripley Center, 6:45 p.m., $30-$45)

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7

TELL ME ABOUT IT, STUD: The musical ode to the 1950s that was made in the 1970s is still finding audiences with its various iterations in the 2000s, likely due to an infectious soundtrack and our never-ending obsession with leather jackets and reflective leggings. See Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in all his finger-pointing glory (wait for it) in Grease. (Georgetown Sunset Cinema, 8:30 p.m., FREE)

WHAT'S THE STORY? Go beyond mere melody and find out the story behind the songs of five songwriters at Jackson's Five—A Storyteller Series. Singer-songwriter E.P. Jackson hosts the night of stories and song, featuring Olivia Mancini, Bronsen Euard, Sara Curtin, and Conor Brendan. (Pearl Street Warehouse, 7 p.m., $10, 21+)

TWIRL YOUR FORK IN THE AIR LIKE YOU JUST DON'T ... Snag a free bowl of ramen (if you're one of the lucky one hundred first guests) and maybe a door prize at the new location of ramen chain Jinya. Did we mention they have a whiskey machine? (Jinya North Bethesda, 11 a.m., free entry)

MORE: Vinyl Lounge Open Mic (Gypsy Sally's, 8 p.m., FREE), Essential Oils Class (Anthony Bowen Branch YMCA, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., FREE), The Art of Burning Man: From the Desert to DC (Smithsonian American Art Museum, 6:45 p.m., $20-$30), Pakistan: After the Elections(Hudson Institute, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., FREE), This Heat is Un-bear-able Happy Hour (Public Bar, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Varies with purchase)

 


Rare Essence (Photo by Brian Liu)

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8

BOWL TO THE BEAT: If you're one of those people who never throws a strike, you may just need a little more pep in your step. Find it with local go-go legends Rare Essence, who are performing live at Lucky Strike's Go-Go Night. (Lucky Strike, 8 p.m., $20-$30, 21+)

FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY? Jason Kander (aka Obama 2.0) has a lot on his plate. Besides founding and leading Let America Vote, the Afghanistan veteran is also a podcast host, a Kansas City mayoral candidate and author. He'll be discussing his new book Outside the Wire: Ten Lessons I've Learned in Everyday Courage, at Sixth and I with CNN commentator Symone Sanders. (Sixth and I, 7 p.m., $15)

CALLING ALL ANIME-NIACS: Stop by the Library of Congress for the start of a three-day East Asian arts and culture fest, Anime for All, that highlights the impact of Japanese history on modern-day storytelling. On Wednesday, see a concert from the Washington Toho Koto Societyand return Thursday for an exhibit linking medieval Japanese art to contemporary manga and anime, among other events. (Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium, 11 a.m., FREE)

MORE: Social Media and Changing Norms of Representation in Congress (Library of Congress Jefferson Building, Noon, FREE), Guided Cider Tasting (Capitol Cider House, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $20), Grandma Knows Best? (Busboys and Poets, 7:30 p.m., FREE)

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9

LOSS OF LUXURY: Happy Ending, a 1965 one-act play by playwright and Negro Ensemble Company co-founder Douglas Turner Ward, weaves a comedic story about two sisters and domestic workers who risk losing their graft-gotten extravagances when their employer faces marital strife. (Anacostia Playhouse, 8 p.m., donation)

ADDRESSING ADDICTION: The opioid crisis is "almost as lethal as the AIDS crisis at its peak," says The New York Times in a piece examining Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America. Hear from journalist and author Beth Macy as she discusses the work with Dan Vergano, BuzzFeed science reporter. (Politics and Prose, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., FREE)

SNAP TO IT: Catch Lebanese-Canadian jazz drummer Sanah Kadoura perform at Jazz on Jackson Place, a concert series now in its 12th season, with small bites and drinks included in the cost of admission. (White House Historical Association, Decatur House, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., $25-$35)

MORE: Trifilio Tango Trio (Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., FREE), Vino, Pinot Paint Night (Art Enables, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., $30), LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn: Superman (Library of Congress North Lawn, 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., FREE

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