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

Discounted cheesecake, a treatise on Carrie Bradshaw, and an international piano fest are just a few of the events you'll find as we enter the latter days of summer.

MONDAY, JULY 30

I COULDN'T HELP BUT WONDER ... If you've seen all six seasons of Sex and the City more than once, you're not alone. Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte—in their honest (if highly glossy) pursuit of fun, love and success—left an indelible mark on television and, pop-culture author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong argues, on the "way we think." Explore just how and why at a talk for her book Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love. (Politics and Prose, 7-8 p.m., FREE)

LET THEM EAT CHEESECAKE: In case you didn't know, Monday is National Cheesecake Day, which has restaurants nationwide baking up new desserts and new deals in service to our tastebuds, at the expense of our waistlines. At Texas de Brazil, pay a mere 20 cents after finishing up your supper for a slice of Brazilian cheesecake. (Texas de Brazil, 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Cost of dinner plus 20 cents)

MORE: Making Sense of Climate Change (S. Dillon Ripley Center, 6:45-8:45 p.m., $30-$45), Toast to TransLAW (Trade, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., cost of donation)

 

TUESDAY, JULY 31

THEATRICAL THINK PIECE: The Trump Card monologuist Mike Daisey brings his 2014 piece The Story of the Gun to Washington, a work that examines the role of guns in America in an era when it could hardly seem more relevant. (Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 8 p.m., $24-$72.50)

WHAT WOULD BEYONCE DO? Michael Arceneaux, a writer who was recently interviewed on Fresh Air drops by Politics and Prose to discuss his latest work, I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonce, with journalist and author Demetria L. Lucas. (Politics and Prose, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., FREE)

BEYOND 'CHOPSTICKS': Dust off your piano-key necktie for a performance of the Washington International Piano Festival, the 10th such celebration of an instrument at the heart (and soul) of just about every music genre. (Also in performance on Monday.) (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 6 p.m., FREE)

MOREGeorgetown Sunset Cinema: Dreamgirls (Georgetown Waterfront Park, 8:30 p.m., FREE), All the Way Live (Anacostia Arts Center, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., FREE)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1

OPENING DOORS: In Do Ho Suh: Almost Home, on exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum through August 5, Korean-born artist Suh explores the nuances of what we deem "home." Learn more about how we value where we live as you examine Suh's architectural installations with curator Sarah Newman. (Smithsonian American Art Museum, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., FREE)

COULD YOU REPEAT THE QUESTION? You may feel you're an expert on international trade policy, '70s punk rock or the early history of cricket, but until you've been publicly interrogated on the subject you can't be too sure. In Suck It! A Comedy Game Show, comedians Blaire Postman and Leon Scott quiz three fellow comedians on just what they think they know. (The Comedy Loft, 8 p.m., $5)

SUPERSIZE SUPERHERO: The land of Wakanda can only be fully appreciated on the big screen, so the opportunity to see it on a massive screen is one to seize. Bring blankets, chairs and some munchies to this Dinner and a Movie screening of 2018 blockbuster and "revolutionary" film Black Panther. (Amphitheater at Oxon Run Park, 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m., FREE)

MORERooftop Yoga and Juice (The Watergate Hotel, 7 a.m.-8 a.m., $25), Artopia: The Sound Edition (WeWork Wonder Bread Factory, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., FREE), Homegrown Concerts: Lone Pinon (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 6 p.m., FREE)

 


The cast of "Shakespeare Is a White Supremacist," opening at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. (Photo courtesy of Fractal Theatre Collective)

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2

RE-EXAMINING THE BARD: Last winter, a classical theater troupe from American University debuted a new work by AU student and Capital Fringe director Andrew Watring with an attention-grabbing title, Shakespeare is a White Supremacist. Catch a pay-what-you-can version of the play, which follows a diverse cast as it presents a Shakespeare piece, performed by the brand-new Fractal Theatre Collective. (Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 7:30 p.m., Donation)

OH OH OH, LISTEN TO THE MUSIC: Sauntering through an art museum on a weekday evening already sounds pretty great, but add some drinks and music and it's a must-do. Explore the works of the Luce Center while entering a "futurist reality" with OG Lullabies at Luce Unplugged. (Smithsonian American Art Museum, 5:30-7 p.m., FREE)

POUR SOME SYRUP ON ME: And there's no better way to follow up an art-and-music mashup than with another art-and-music mashup, with late-night breakfast to boot. Check out The Pancakes and Booze Art Show. (Penn Social, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., $18)

MORELa Musica de Mexico 2018 Music Series: Alfredo Sanchez (Mexican Cultural Institute, 6:45-8:30 p.m., FREE), Summer Evenings at the National Arboretum: The Hip-Hop Orchestra(National Arboretum, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., FREE), LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn: Back to the Future (Library of Congress North Lawn, 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., FREE), Conversational DC: French (Colony Club, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., FREE)

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