This Week in the DMV – 6/28/2015

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

June 30th.  The Swamp Donkeys are an extremely versatile group of young musicians who play traditional jazz, blues, vaudeville, original music, modern jazz adaptations, and many other jazz and New Orleans-derived styles.

Gallery Talk: Super Natural

July 1st.   These bite-size lunchtime talks are offered every Wednesday. Museum staff members facilitate interactive conversations, encouraging close looking and the investigation of the overarching themes of special exhibitions throughout the museum. This week, Associate Educator Adrienne L. Gayoso discusses pieces in the special exhibition, Super Natural.

A Patriotic Cocktail Competition and Tasting

July 1st.  Though the cocktail is now ubiquitous in America, there was a time when it was virtually unknown. It makes its first appearance in 1803 in the Farmers Cabinet and is first defined in 1806 within a piece of political commentary in The Balance and Columbian Repository, in which it is described as “containing spirituous liquor of any kind, sugar, water and bitters.” It goes from there to become not just a drink (and category of drinks) known throughout the nation but to be a signifier of our cultural, political and social life.

Tracking the Elusive Pueblo

July 1st.  In January 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, North Korea captured the USS Pueblo. The seizure of the ship, equipped with electronic and signals intelligence systems and 83 crewmen, provoked outrage in the US, with some calling for a nuclear response. What really happened during this hot Cold War incident? CDR Douglas Hackett, USN (Ret.) will explore the Pueblo’s surveillance mission, and provide the definitive naval intelligence assessment of whether the Pueblo was in North Korean waters, based on North Korean-provided information. He’ll also share the US government’s response to the crisis, North Korea’s motivation, what happened to the crew who were held prisoner for nearly a year, and what has become of the Pueblo today.

Bare Naked Ladies, the Violent Femmes, and Colin Hay: LIVE in Concert

July 3rd.  BARENAKED LADIES, VIOLENT FEMMES, and COLIN HAY will host THE LAST SUMMER ON EARTH.

Best of DC at the DC Improv

July 2 – 3rd. We’ll leave the July 4 fireworks to the professional pyromaniacs, but all the indoor fireworks will be at the DC Improv July 2-3. We’ve got a “Best of DC” show that features some of the finest stand-ups from the region — Jason Weems, Rob Maher, Rahmein Mostafavi and Kasaun Wilson. When the Founding Fathers threw off the yoke of British oppression, they had a clear future in mind: A nation of people who were free to sit in an air-conditioned basement and laugh their asses off. Honor their vision!

Midtown Liberty Bar Tour

July 2 – 3rd.  Lindy Promotions and Coors Light are kicking-off Independence Day Weekend with a night full of bar-hopping and celebrating America! Join us after work on Thursday, July 2nd for Redds, Light, and Blue drink specials, patriotic giveaways, and more!

A Capitol Fourth

July 4th.  This July 4, America’s national Independence Day celebration will mark 35 spectacular years on air, live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Celebrating 35 spectacular years on air, A CAPITOL FOURTH will kick off the country’s 239th birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza that puts viewers front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.

Foo Fighters 20th Anniversary Blowout!

July 4th.

In celebration of Foo Fighters’ 20th Anniversary, Dave and the boys are bringing together so many of the groundbreaking American acts featured in their HBO docuseries, Sonic Highways, for one big 4th of July jamboree at RFK Stadium. Beyond the absolutely insane lineup, the all-day extravaganza features fireworks, a motorcycle rally, BBQ, and so much more. Long story short: You spend your 4th of July with the Foos and friends… you have your life rocked by maybe the best concert you’ll ever attend.

Independence Day Family Activities

July 4th.  Between noon and 4 p.m., meet Revolutionary figures: Abigail and John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Ned Hector, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.

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