ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FROM CULTURECAPITAL.COM: FAMILY EVENTS JULY 24 – 30

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Arts & Entertainment:

Family Events in Metro DC

July 24 – 30, 2014

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Event information is subject to change.

Backyard Theater for Children: Tim & The Space Cadets
Strathmore
Thursday, July 24 ∙ 9:30 & 11:30 am ∙ $8
Brooklyn-based Tim and the Space Cadets play songs about the important things in life: pizza parties, snow days, and summer vacations. Frontman Tim, host of Sunny Side Up on the Sprout Network, will be sure to delight, especially when they perform their XMKids chart-topping single “Superhero.”

Beading Workshop for Campers
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Thursday, July 24 ∙ 10:30 am & 1:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Artist Deidra Bell facilitates two 90-minute workshops on making personal beadware. The first session runs from 10:30 am to noon. The second session is from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Space is limited and reservations are required.

NSO Summer Music Institute Chamber Ensembles
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Thursday, July 24 & Friday, July 25 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Participants from the institute play in large chamber ensembles.

Once Upon a Mattress
Presented by Encore Stage & Studio
Thomas Jefferson Theatre
Thursday, July 24 – Sunday, July 27 ∙ various show times ∙ $10-$15
If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and The Pea,” you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Performance ends Sunday, July 27.

Capital Fringe Festival: We’ve Come to Play
Presented by Capital Fringe Festival
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Friday, July 25  ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ $17
ArasDance is entering their second year as a contemporary dance company. We’ve Come to Play is an ode to the company making their footprints in the DC dance scene with their first full length program.Learn more about the Capital Fringe Festival, which includes: #albatrossThe Interpersonal UnderworldThe Inaugural Election for President of Mrs. Jacobson’s Sixth Grade ClassThe Old Man Never Let It GoBalloon PlaysThe Adventures of TapmanOh, What Can’t A Woman Do? & MORE! View the complete Capital Fringe Festival here.

Art on 8th: Coyaba Dance Theater
Presented by Dance Place
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Friday, July 25 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Coyaba Dance Theater brings the richness of African Dance traditions from Guinea, Mali and Senegal into the heart of Brookland! Be prepared to join in this infectious evening’s event!

Instructions Not Included
Publick Playhouse
Friday, July 25 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ FREE!
“A sweet, funny, and poignant comedy,” is how the Los Angeles Times described this film about a playboy who grows up when meeting the challenges of being a single parent. A surprise smash hit in the U.S. and Mexico, it stars Eugenio Derbez (Jack & Jill, La Misma Luna) who also directed and co-produced the film. In Spanish with English Subtitles, rated Pg-13: some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Children’s Talk and Tour
Strathmore
Saturday, July 26 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5 – Advanced registration requested
This event takes place in the Mansion.
Young art lovers enjoy a talk about the current exhibition. Get behind the brushstrokes and into the head, heart and history of the artists with these kid-friendly Saturday tours. The program includes a hands-on activity. Only children require tickets – their guardians do not need a ticket.

Free Summer Saturdays: Sketching Workshop
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
Saturday, July 26 ∙ FREE!
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Galleries and Bridge

The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design’s Free Summer Saturdays series of programming includes gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances. Admission to the museum and to these special programs and workshops is free every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend.
11 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.: Guided Tours

AXIS Dance Company
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, July 26 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The company offers a program of “physically integrated dance,” evolving from collaboration between dancers with and without disabilities in celebration of the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and National Council on Independent Living Conference.

Mount Vernon Nights: Alexandria Kleztet (Jazz/Jewish)
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, July 26 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Alexandria Kleztet has been combining traditional Eastern European/Jewish music with diverse influences for more than a decade. New arrangements of traditional melodies and original songs by members of the band draw upon jazz, classical, world beat, rock and other musical genres to create a unique and entertaining sound.

Tom Principato – Free Summer Concert
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Saturday, July 26 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Tom Principato has spent the last 40+ years as a guitarist and singer based in Washington, D.C. He is one of the most unique guitarists around, combining his rich blues background with high-energy rock, and a highly charged, emotionally expressive delivery.

Tiny Tots: Penguin’s Playground
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Sunday, July 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
Join us for an awesome Arctic Adventure exploring a super-secret playground, hidden at the very bottom of the world. Be there as playful, multi-talented penguins join their friends at the South Pole!

War of 1812 Walking Tour
Dumbarton House
Sunday, July 27  ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $15
Join Dwane Starlin, a member of the Guild of Professional Guides of Washington D.C., for a tour de force of Georgetown during the “Second Revolutionary War”! Visit and view the areas of Georgetown that were part of the conflict, which finally established the United States as a country and not just a former British Colony. The tour ends at the Francis Scott Key Park.

Children’s Tea & Talk with American Girl Author Valerie Tripp
Dumbarton House
Sunday, July 27  ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $40
A delightful and inspiring afternoon with Author Valerie Tripp. Hear about the inspiration and development behind Ms. Tripp’s American Girl series with an interactive presentation for children and parents. After the presentation guests will have a meet & greet with Ms. Tripp, make a 19th century craft, and enjoy tea, lemonade and cookies.

Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park – Tom Principato
Presented by The Alden
McLean Central Park Gazebo
Sunday, July 27 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Tom Principato is one of the most unique guitarists around, combining his rich blues background with high-energy rock, and a highly charged, emotionally expressive delivery.

NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, July 27 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This event takes place in the Concert Hall.
The orchestra, featuring the winner of the Concerto Competition, performs Debussy’sNocturnes (Nuages and Fêtes) and Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No. 2 “London.”

Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Program
National Archives
Tuesday, July 29 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE but registration required
Families are invited to take on the role of researchers and archivists for a day at the National Archive’s Boeing Learning Center. During a two-hour simulation, they will help the President and Bob, his Communications Director prepare for a very special press conference.
Families will work together to locate and analyze facsimile documents and find the connection each has to the Constitution.  This is a great way to explore the history, learn more about the National Archives, and gain a greater understanding of the role the Constitution plays in our daily lives.

Tudor Tots: Summer Fun in the Sun
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tuesday, July 29 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $0 – $5
Tudor Place has enchanted young children for 200 years. Experience it yourself Tuesday mornings, as we meet to read, sing, and play in the gardens. This family-friendly program offers a new theme each week, from “adventurous animals” to “growing gardens” and more. Children will participate in interactive read-alouds, songs and themed movements, all related to the week’s topic, sharing a tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Parents/caregivers remain with children. For ages 2-4

Tiny Tots: Merlin’s Magic
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Wednesday, July 30 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
Meet the world famous magician, Merlin, and his collection of charming and delightful dragons – fantastic creatures who come in all shapes and colors and work hard to put a new spin on old tricks.

Free Summer Outdoor Concert: Chuck Brown All Star Band
Strathmore
Wednesday, July 30 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The band of a legend. Come early for the Elijah Balbed Go Go Band from 6:30 – 7:10pm.

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Archives Sleepover: History, Heroes, and Treasures
National Archives
Saturday, August 2  ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $100-$125
This summer’s sleepover theme is “Explorers Night,” and will feature hands-on activities to help young explorers investigate – through music, chats with historical figures, games, and more – some of the greatest adventures of all time. Campers will journey to the Arctic, visit Outer Space, and discover the American West as they explore the National Archives Museum’s treasured records. Guests also will be treated to movies in the museum’s William G McGowan Theater before turning in for the night, and will enjoy breakfast – including pancakes flipped by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero – and more activities the next morning.
Sleepovers at the National Archives Museum are open to children 8-12 years old, with at least one adult per group of four children. The sleepover starts in the evening on Saturday, through 9am on Sunday, before the Museum opens again to the public.

The Music Box
Presented by Synetic Theater
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, August 6  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ $5-$15
The Music Box is a collection of short stories set to music and brought to life in Synetic Theater’s unique movement theater style, which includes pantomime, imagination, illusions and physical comedy. A surly janitor and an uptight businessman discover a magical mask, two cowboys in the wild west tame a bull on the loose, two road workers try to catch a butterfly in an attempt to capture the heart of a girl, and—not to be missed—the classic invisible wall. Synetic Theater is D.C.’s premiere physical theater company. These performances are appropriate for children ages 5-12 years old.

Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions
Warner Theatre
Friday, August 15  ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $37.50-$67.50
Pokémon: Symphonic Evolution, a live orchestral concert, will showcase memorable music from throughout the world of Pokémon, featuring all-new musical arrangements that will entertain not just Pokémon fans but all music lovers. Look forward to a wonderful symphonic experience that covers nearly 20 years of Pokémon entertainment around the world.

The Fresh Beat Band Live In Concert!
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts – Filene Center
Saturday, August 30  ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ $25-$50
Its a Great Day to sing and dance Just Like a Rockstar with Kiki, Marina, Twist, and Shout from Nick Jr.s sensational TV band!

National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert 2014
Presented by National Symphony Orchestra
West Lawn US Capital
Sunday, August 31  ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The National Symphony Orchestra celebrates the beginning of its 2014-2015 season with its annual Labor Day Capitol Concert. Participating artists and program to be announced.

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Batman Day ∙ WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 ∙ 75th Anniversary of Batman

75 years of Batman

Batman Day: 75th Anniversary of Batman

Join thousands of comic retailers, book stores and libraries for Batman Day on Wednesday, July 23 at the DC Public Library - Francis A. Gregory Branch! Francis A. Gregory Library will host a Batman 75th anniversary celebration by offering fans free, special edition commemorative Batman masks, a HUGE poster showcasing the timeline of Batman in the comics, and buttons featuring the new 75th Anniversary logo.

The ultimate anti-hero, Bruce Wayne’s fate was delivered at his feet when a terrible crime left him orphaned at a young age. Vowing to single-handedly take on Gotham’s crime, Batman was born. And while his appearance may have changed through the ages, displaying strength of character and body, Batman the symbol remains the top-grossing superhero of all time.

The world’s greatest detective – whether you know him from his depiction on film, in TV shows, video games, cartoons or millions of comics – Batman is proof you don’t need super powers to be a superhero. Not just the poster boy for justice, but also a cautionary tale of how one traumatic event can shape you, Bruce Wayne is not just a billionaire and Olympian-worthy acrobat, his alter ego Batman is the world’s greatest weapon against crime. Sacrificing his humanity in order to save the innocent, Batman has been to Hell and back for the people of Gotham.

Celebrate him in all his glory on Batman Day, July 23, and cheer with me:

Long live, Batman!

Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library

3660 Alabama Ave. SE
Washington,  DC  20020
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Batman Day - Barnes and Noble

Celebrate the Caped Crusader’s 75th Anniversary with BARNES & NOBLE with activities and giveaways – including a FREE special edition of Detective Comics #27 (while supplies last). Plus, enter to win your own Mini Bat-Signal.

BARNES & NOBLE – Downtown DC
555 12th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
202-347-0176
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While on the subject of Superheroes, Marvel Universe Live! is coming to the Verizon Center on Thursday, September 4, 2014.  25% Opening Night Advance Discount Code Available here.

TANGER OUTLETS – NATIONAL HARBOR ∙ JULY MOMMY & ME EVENT!

Tanger Outlets National Harbor - Mommy and Me July 23rd

Mommy & Me Event

National Harbor / Washington D.C.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Throughout the Summer on the 4th Wednesday of each month,Tanger Outlets – National Harbor will be hosting Mommy and Me Time!   Join the fun in suite 840 on Wednesday, July 23rd at 10AM for this special event. Enjoy a Mom’s Lounge, free food samples, a make and take craft and special activity, for July –  Face Painting and quick mani’s for MOM! PLUS, exclusive discounts to select stores.

For those that missed the June 25th event, it included: music & entertainment from children’s music artist, Kidsinger Jim, a potholder arts & craft project, social mommy time (yup, I met many of YOU- Thrifty Friends!), coffee and cupcake decorating with Pretty Girl Cupcakery.   Many thanks to Tanger Outlets National Harbor for providing all the June attendees with a great time AND retail discounts which included a FREE $10 Tanger Gift Card too.

 

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Bethesda Outdoor Movies 2014: Five Nights of Blockbuster Hits!

Bethesda Outdoor Movies

Bethesda Outdoor Movies:

Five Nights of Blockbuster Hits!

July 22-26, 2014

Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues [Directions]

Enjoy five nights of blockbuster hits at downtown Bethesda’s 9th annual outdoor movie series! Show times begin at 9pm at the corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. Admission is FREE!

2014 Outdoor Movie Schedule (linked to Common Sense Media)

Tuesday, July 22 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones
Paramount Pictures; Directed by John Hughes
Rated PG-13; 103 minutes; 1986

High school student Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he’s developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. Intending to make one last grand duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day bacchanal through the streets of Chicago. Dogging Ferris’ trail at every turn is high-school principal Rooney, determined to catch Bueller in the act of class-cutting.

 

Wednesday, July 23 – Moonrise Kingdom
Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward
Focus Features; Directed by Wes Anderson
Rated PG-13; 94 minutes; 2012

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, this film tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.

 

Thursday, July 24 – Citizen Kane
Orson Welles, Dorothy Comingore, Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane, George Coulouris, Agnes Moorehead
Warner Bros.; Directed by Orson Welles
Rated PG; 119 minutes; 1941

Orson Welles’ first feature film,which he directed, produced and co-wrote, as well as playing the title role, proved to be his most important and influential work. This ground-breaking drama loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst  is frequently cited as the finest American film ever made. Aging newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane dies in his sprawling Florida estate after uttering a single, enigmatic final word — “Rosebud” — and newsreel producer Rawlston sends reporter Jerry Thompson out with the assignment of uncovering the meaning behind the great man’s dying thought.

 

Friday, July 25 - Pitch Perfect
Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp
Universal Pictures.; Directed by Jason Moore
Rated PG-13; 112 minutes; 2012

Beca is that girl who’d rather listen to what’s coming out of her headphones than what’s coming out of you. Arriving at her new college, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together. When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college a cappella. This could wind up either the coolest thing they’ll ever do or the most insane, and it will probably be a little of both.

 

Saturday, July 26 – Top Gun
Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmir, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt
Paramount Pictures.; Directed by Tony Scott
Rated PG; 110 minutes; 1986

In Top Gun, Pete Mitchell, AKA “Maverick”, and Nick Bradshaw, AKA “Goose” are fighter pilots in the US Navy. Despite their being good boys at heart, they are daring rebels. Because of their skills as pilots, they are sent to Miramar, California, home of the fighter pilot school Top Gun. Ever the wild one, Maverick takes on Top Gun lightly and with arrogance.

 

Spend an enjoyable evening in Woodmont Triangle and have dinner at one of the neighborhood’s restaurants before the show!

 

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Screen on the Green 2014 ∙ FREE ∙ MONDAYS, July 21 thru August 11!

Screen on the Green

SCREEN on the GREEN 2014

Film Festival on the National Mall

Screen on the Green is a FREE summer movie series that provides a tribute to classic films. Each screening attracts approximately 15,000 Washingtonians and tourists, making this one of the largest community events in the District of Columbia.

Friends of Screen on the Green, along with HBO and Comcast, are proud to announce Screen on the Green’s summer line up. This year’s film festival kicks off on Monday, July 21 with a showing of the 1984 classicThe Karate Kid. The free outdoor event will continue with screenings on Monday evenings at sunset through August 11 with movies shown on a giant 20’ by 40’ screen between 7th and 12th Streets on the National Mall.  Arrive early to snag a good seat!

Facebook photo from Friends of Screen on the Green

Facebook photo from Friends of Screen on the Green

The lineup for Screen on the Green 2014 is:

  • July 21 – The Karate Kid (1984)

Common Sense Media says: Parents need to know that this classic ’80s martial arts movie is still a fine pick for families with older tweens. The Karate Kid was re-made in 2010 with a younger perspective starring Jaden Smith. The PG rating of the original seems a little mild considering the number of swear words (including “s–t”), insults, and fights — not to mention one scene of marijuana use. This is a standard new-kid-in-town flick, but it’s also got soul thanks to the teacher-student relationship between wise Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) and lonely teen Daniel (Ralph Macchio). Issues of class, race, (teen) romance, and even war are explored in this coming-of-age tale, where karate is a metaphor for life.

  • July 28 – Lover Come Back (1961)

After the phenomenal success of “Pillow Talk,” Doris Day and Rock Hudson (and best buddy Tony Randall) were teamed up for another frothy romantic-comedy. Doris and Rock played competing Madison Avenue ad executives, willing to stoop as low as need be to score clients. Oscar-nominated for story/screenplay, this battle of the sexes features loads of innuendo and plenty of tension as to the keeping of Doris’s virtue intact. (1961) 107 Min. Not Rated

  • August 4 – Key Largo (1948)

Maxwell Anderson wrote the play that inspired this claustrophobic suspense tale of a WWII vet forced into a confrontation with a ruthless gangster and his gang. It all plays out at a seedy Florida hotel during hurricane season. John Huston directed Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall (her last film with Bogey), Claire Trevor (an Oscar win) and Lionel Barrymore. The film, however, belongs to tough-guy Edward G. Robinson, as volatile gangster Johnny Rocco, a villain for all seasons. (1948) 100 Min. Not Rated

  • August 11 – A Soldier’s Story (1984)

This tense murder-mystery is set on a Louisiana military base in the 1940’s. An unpopular sergeant has turned up dead and a black army lawyer from up north leads the inquiry. Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, it was an Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and for the performance of Adolph Caesar. Howard Rollins Jr. and Denzel Washington star. Shot in Arkansas, then governor Bill Clinton provided soldiers from the state’s National Guard as extras. (1984) 101 Min. PG Rated

 

Friends of Screen on the Green, is an organization determined to support Screen on the Green and ensure this family-friendly, community event remains a part of the District of Columbia’s summer landscape. 

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THINGS TO DO (99% FREE) IN THE DC AREA: JULY 19 & 20, 2014

Woo Hoo Weekend

DC Thrifty Mom’s

Things To Do (99% FREE!) in the 

Washington DC Metro Area:

This Weekend - July 19 & 20, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

Animals in the Sky
The National Zoo
Saturday ∙  9:00 am – 2:00 pm   FREE!
Take a journey to the stars without leaving the Zoo!
The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum’s mobile planetarium is coming to the Zoo’s Visitor Center for an out-of-this-world event. Enter the inflatable dome for a 15 – 20 minute narrated presentation that will guide guests through animal themed constellations. Then, embark on a scavenger hunt through the Zoo to find animals found in popular constellations. View additional activities.

Saturday Morning at the National - Mark Lohr: Classic Comedy
The National Theatre
Saturday ∙  9:30 am & 11:00 am   FREE!
Come watch Mr. Jones as he battle with furniture, juggles, spins plates, and improvs with the audience.  This shows is a fun-filled roller coaster ride full of side splitting laughs complete with “ooos” and “awws”.  Mr. Jones is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone!  See how Mark Lohr will entertain the crowd here.

Lotus & Water Lily Cultural Festival 2014
Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
Saturday ∙ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Come experience your National Park with FREE activities for the whole family. See a spectacular display of lotus and water lilies in full bloom! Enjoy gardening workshops & traditional Asian & African dancing performances! Hands-on activities including face painting, lotus tea tasting, and painting demonstrations! Visit educational and cultural exhibitors (Includes Mandela Day and South Africa Independence Festivaland much more!

Free Summer Saturdays: Mark Tribe: Plein Air opens
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
Saturday, July 19 ∙ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Ultimate Urban Safari
10 a.m.-12 noon, North Atrium, Galleries, Education Workshop

Join us for a wild summer day dedicated to the animal kingdom! Spurred on by the American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley exhibition, discover how creatures big and small can inspire through workshop activities, book readings, and a live performance. Participate in an animal welfare community service project and make a difference. All ages welcome!
“Art + ___” Trivia Series
3-5 p.m., North Atrium

Beat the heat and geek out with trivia and happy hour! On this afternoon, test your knowledge of Art + Movies.
11 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.: Guided Tours

Artful Conversations (Ages 8-11) - See–Wonder–Sketch
National Gallery of Art – West Building Rotunda
Signup Begins: Saturday 10:00am & Sunday  11:00 am [continues until all spaces are filled]   FREE!
Artful Conversations uses observation and discussion to explore works of art in the collection. Led by museum educators, each conversation focuses on one work of art in the galleries. Designed for children ages 8 to 11 and adults to participate in together, this program provides a model for families to explore works of art together. Each conversation is approximately 70 minutes. As a courtesy to the group, we will only accept sign-in for children in the age ranges listed.

Arts in the Park
Fairfax County – various locations
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 am  ∙  FREE!
Arts in the Parks is a FREE family fun alternative to Saturday & Wednesday morning cartoons & video games. It serves to entertain children, teach them the importance of protecting our natural resources, introduce them to live entertainment in an informal kid friendly atmosphere, and forge a connection between kids and parks.
For most children, Arts in the Parks is their first exposure to live entertainment, and for practically all of the young watchers, it’s their first chance to join professionals on stage. So they remember and forever associate the delightful experiences with parks.

Today’s Arts in the Park schedule includes:

The Great Zucchini * Burke Lake Park Amphitheater

Mr. Gabe * E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater

The grandsons, jr. * Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater

Pointless Theatre * Mason District Park Amphitheater

Living Earth Festival 2014
American Indian Museum
Saturday 10:30 am – 6:00 pm & Sunday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
Join the museum as we celebrate the 5th annual Living Earth Festival with live music and dance performances by the Southern Ute Bear Dancers and the Pokagon Drum and Dance Troupe (all of their performances will be webcast live on Sat. only), watch Native chefs, Arlie Doxtator (Oneida) and Neftali Duran (Oaxacan) (live webcast on Sunday), compete in an Iron Chef-style cook off, help staff release ladybugs into the landscape, buy freshly roasted green chile, enjoy an outdoor farmers market featuring local produce and a basket weaving demonstration. Hands-on family activities include trying traditional Native games or making your own ti leaf or kukui nut lei. The festival also includes an exclusive concert Saturday evening with blues father-and-son duo Twice as Good with opening act,Missy Knott. On Sunday, Oneida chef Arlie Doxtator will compete in an Iron Chef-style competition against Oaxacan chef Neftali Duran in preparing two appetizers, entrees and desserts that incorporate cranberries, a fruit indigenous to North America. Mitsitam Cafe executive chef Richard Hetzler will emcee the event, and three local chefs will serve as judges. Chef Sue McWilliams, Culinary instructor at Paint Branch High School Culinary Arts Program; Chef Brian Patterson, instructor, L’Academie de Cuisine; and Chef Pedro Matamoros from The Golden Flame Restaurant, Silver Spring, MD. Full Event Schedule.

Artscape
Baltimore, Maryland
Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm & Sunday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
Artscape is America’s largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography and the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages that is available throughout the festival site. 

BASEBALL ANYONE -

Washington Nationals Players at DCPL! ∙ SATURDAY∙ Denard Span and three of his Washington Nationals teammates will be visiting four DCPL neighborhood libraries. Swing by the Anacostia Library (Noon), Deanwood Library (11am), Mount Pleasant Library (Noon) or Tenley-Friendship Library (11am – Manager Matt Williams) for the chance to meet a Nats player! One player will visit each location. NOTE: The Washington Nationals are sponsoring Summer Reading 2014. Every child who completes the required reading will receive two free tickets to a Washington Nationals Game. FREE

Baseball Family Festival at American Art Museum, Portrait Gallery - Kogod Courtyard ∙ SATURDAY∙ 11:30am – 3pm. Play Ball with the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery! Tour the galleries to find some of the best names in the game, baseball-themed crafts, a book signing of Becoming Babe Ruth by author Matt Tavares, and appearances by local team mascots! FREE

Celebrate Sunday with the Nationals  ∙ WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park  ∙  Sunday ∙ Game begins at 1:35 pm
Celebrate Sunday with the Nationals and enjoy the Family Fun Promos: SIGNATURE SUNDAYS PRESENTED BY NEW ERA [fans must obtain a free voucher to participate in autograph sessions], KIDS RUN THE BASES [ages 4 - 12], JR. NATIONALS KIDS CLUB, and game promotion: Denard Span Bobblehead, presented by PNC Bank to the first 25,000 attendees. DISCOUNT CODE: THRIFTY14  
REMINDER – Children Two and under are admitted FREE!  GO NATS!!!

The DC Scoop
Union Market
Saturday ∙ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission & Tasting!
DC’s sweetest event is back! Ice Cream enthusiasts from near and far will gather at Union Market to celebrate summer’s sweet treat. The event will be held in the indoor event space above the market, Dock 5 and the alley behind it. There will be ice cream available to taste and buy from local artisans and Ice Cream makers from other markets as well. There will be a wide array of products including gelato, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles and of course, good old-fashioned ice cream!

Fort Dupont Summer Theater Concerts
Saturday ∙ Gates open at 5:30 pm – Concert starts at 7 pm  FREE!
Maimouna Youssef with Nappy Riddem, Christylez Bacon & featuring DJ Jahsonic

Cinema Del Ray: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Mount Vernon Rec Center
Saturday 7:00 pm [fun starts at 7 pm and the movie at dusk]  ∙ FREE!
FREE open air showing of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  Read the film review from Common Sense Media.

Comcast Film Fest
Alexandria’s Waterfront Park
Saturday  ∙ movie starts at 8:30 pm ∙ FREE!
FREE open air showing of Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  Read the film review from Common Sense Media.

Exploring the Sky
Rock Creek Park - Intersection of Military and Glover Roads NW, near the Nature Center
Saturday ∙ 9:00 pm  FREE!
An informal program that for over sixty years has offered monthly opportunities for anyone in the Washington area to see the stars and planets through telescopes. Tonight: Summer Triangle; Mars has just passed Spica. Exploring the Sky is a presentation of the National Park Service and National Capital Astronomers.

Family Nature Time
Black Hill Visitors Center
Sunday ∙ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Mom and Dad, grab the kids and come out to play! We’ll have nature-y activities that families can do together. Drop in any time during program hours on the first and third Sundays of the month. Free! No registration required.

Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!
DC Public Library - Cleveland Park Branch
Sunday ∙ 2:00 pm  FREE!
Sing, shake, and sound out rhythms while trying regional Latin dances and practicing Spanish words. Dance to La Bamba, discover the colors in Spanish, and meet friends of all kinds, including an iguana named Juana! View other DC Public Library kid’s events here.

Sunday Concerts: Reverb
National Building Museum
Sunday ∙  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm   FREEDrop in program!
Enjoy the melodic sounds of Reverb as they take you on an a cappella musical journey! Presented in collaboration with Washington Performing Arts. Visit THE BIG MAZE, there is a fee for this event.

Family Sundays
Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday ∙  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm   FREE!
The BMA is the place to be for free family fun! Every Sunday, enjoy different activities—sketching tours, hands-on workshops, gallery tours, and more—designed just for families. JULY’s Theme: Textures - July 20: Explore the Textures of Water

Summer Concert Series 2014: FAMILY JAZZ DAY
Glen Echo Park – Bumper Car Pavilion
Sunday ∙ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Blues Alley and the Glen Echo Park Partnership are proud to host an afternoon Family Jazz Dayconcert, featuring youth Jazz Ensembles and the U.S. Army Blues. A different band will play each hour starting at 3 pm. Please check back for a complete schedule of bands and performance times as the date nears.
Families are welcome to bring a picnic or visit our Ballroom Cafe. Concerts will be held rain or shine.

Movies on the Potomac – Musicals: Willy Wonka
National Harbor
Sunday ∙ movies start at 6:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Meet us at the Plaza’s big screen for a FREE evening of ocean breezes and all-ages fun! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show!

Arts on the Waterfront
Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Sunday ∙ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Join us at the Waterfront with a great day of arts on the waterfront! There will be plenty of music and entertainment from jazz to rock–even a puppet show. Refreshments will be available for sale. 

Summer Movies at Stonebridge
Potomac Town Center
Sunday 7:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge every Sunday at 7 pm through August on the Jumbo Tron!  Tonight’s Feature: The Blind Side

Visit the Calendar for more FREE & Cheap happenings.

Enjoy your weekend!

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UNION MARKET DRIVE-IN: Summer Series 2014 ∙ July 18 – August 8

Union Market DRIVE-IN Summer Series

Union Market Drive In: Summer Escapes

Friday – Friday | July 18 – August 8, 2014 | 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Union Market: 1309 5th St NE ∙ Washington, DC 20002 [Directions]

The Drive-In at Union Market is back for a Summer Season! Watch great films under the stars — in the convenience of your car! Delicious foods from the market, and fun pre-show activities for movie-lovers of every age!

Gates open at 6:00pm
Gates close at 8:15pm
Feature Film begins at 8:30pm

$10 for parking [Purchase Tickets HERE! ] FREE for walk-ups.

The schedule for the Union Market Drive-In Summer Escape Series is as follows AND Thrifty Friends, for your convenience, I have linked selected movies to Common Sense Media:

***Friday, July 18, 2014***

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

***Friday, July 25th, 2014***

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

***Friday, August 1, 2014***

Surf’s Up

***Friday, August 8, 2014***

Casino Royale

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The DC Scoop ∙ UNION MARKET ∙ DC’s Sweetest Event is BACK!

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The DC Scoop

Saturday | July 19, 2014 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Union Market: 1309 5th St NE ∙ Washington, DC 20002 [Directions]

DC’s sweetest event is back! On Saturday, July 19th Ice Cream enthusiasts from near and far will gather at Union Market to celebrate the fourth-annual “DC Scoop,” summer’s sweet treat. The event will be held in the indoor event space above the market, Dock 5 and the alley behind it. There will be ice cream available to sample for FREE and buy from local artisans and Ice Cream makers from other markets as well. There will be a wide array of products including gelato, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles and of course, good old-fashioned ice cream!

The day also includes an ice cream eating contest, raffle, and a “Best DC Scoop” contest, with the winner determined by a panel of judges.

Participating Vendors include:

For more information please email Jen Nolan [email protected]

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FREE SUMMER IN THE PARK 2014 : Carter Barron Amphitheatre & Fort Dupont

Carter Barron Amphitheatre - Rock Creek Park

2014 FREE Summer in the Park Schedule

All events listed are FREE!

Outside food allowed.  No alcohol, glass containers, coolers or picnic baskets.

Call for a complete list of allowable items.

Don’t forget the bug spray.

FORT DUPONT SUMMER THEATER

Address: 3600 F St SE, Washington, DC 20019

Phone: (202) 426-7723

Fort DuPont Park is a 376-acre wooded park under the management of the National Park Service located in Washington, DC.   The name of the park comes from the old Civil War earthwork fort that lies within the park. Directions

AND

CARTER BARRON AMPHITHEATRE

Address: 4850 Colorado Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011

Carter Barron Information: (202)-426-0486

The Carter Barron Amphitheatre is a 4,000-seat outdoor performance venue in Washington, D.C.  Located in Rock Creek Park, the amphitheatre opened in 1950 in honor of the 150th Anniversary of Washington, DC as the nation’s capital. Directions

Please note location for each event.

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***SATURDAY, July 19*** 

Fort Dupont

Maimouna Youssef with Nappy Riddem, Christylez Bacon

& featuring DJ Jahsonic

7:00 p.m., FREE, Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

***SATURDAY, July 26***

Fort Dupont

Tribute to Luther Vandross feat. William ‘Smooth’ Wardlaw
7:00 p.m., FREE, Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

***SATURDAY, August 2***

Fort Dupont

National Artist: To Be Announced

7:00 p.m., FREE, Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

***FRIDAY, August 8***

Carter Barron

Reggae Night

Presented by The Washington Post Going Out Guide

Junior Marvin’s Force One (formerly of Bob Marley and the Wailers) /

Ruth-Ann Brown / Ras Lidj & Deep Bad

7:30 p.m., FREE, Gates open at 7:00 p.m.

NO Tickets required, First Come-First Served

***SATURDAY, August 9***

Fort Dupont

Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band

7:00 p.m., FREE, Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

***FRIDAY, August 15***

Carter Barron

Neo Soul Night

Presented by The Washington Post Going Out Guide

Black Alley / Lysette Titi / Wes Felton

7:30 p.m., FREE, Gates open at 7:00 p.m.

NO Tickets required, First Come-First Served

***SATURDAY, August 16***

Carter Barron

14th Annual DC Poetry Festival
Honoring Gil Scott-Heron
Featuring The Last Poets

7:30 p.m., FREE, Gates open at 7:00 p.m.

NO Tickets required, First Come-First Served

***FRIDAY, August 22***

Carter Barron

Movie Night

Dusk (approx. 8:15 p.m.), FREE, Gates open at 7:00 p.m.

NO Tickets required, First Come-First Served

***SATURDAY, August 23***

Carter Barron

Movie Night

Dusk (approx. 8:15 p.m.), FREE, Gates open at 7:00 p.m.

NO Tickets required, First Come-First Served

***SATURDAY, August 30***

Carter Barron

26th Annual DC Blues Festival 

Shakura S’Aida

Selwyn Birchwood Band

Eddie Turner

Shirleta Settles and Friends

Hardway Connection

Stacy Brooks Band & Much More!

12:15 p.m., FREE, Gates open at 12:00 Noon

NO Tickets required, First Come-First Served

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FROM CULTURECAPITAL.COM: FAMILY EVENTS JULY 17 – 23

Culture Capital

Arts & Entertainment:

Family Events in Metro DC

July 17 – 23, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

The Wizard of Oz
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Through Sunday, July 20 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10
This amazing production recreates the characters illustrated by W. W. Denslow in a wide variety of puppet styles. The tale follows closely the original story in L. Frank Baum’s first, best known and best-loved of the classic Oz tales. There are more adventures than included in the film, more of Baum’s original dialogue, and the witch plays only a minor (less scary) role.
Age recommendation: PreK – Grade 6 ∙ Running Time: 45 minutes

Discovery Theater: POP-UP Science: Making It Real with the Childrens Science Center
Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Through Friday, July 18 ∙ 10:15 & 11:30 am ∙ $5-$8
Children’s Science Center has been taking Virginia by storm with their interactive workshops and demonstrations of crazy chemical reactions, preposterous physics, tricky technology and more! Now they’re at the Smithsonian with a special show that puts science center stage and you in the spotlight. Through the use of exciting, interactive experiments, they educate and inspire audiences about the importance of STEM education without them even knowing it.

Backyard Theater for Children: Story Pirates
Strathmore
Thursday, July 17 ∙ 9:30 & 11:30 am ∙ $8
Join the Story Pirates as they create a show before your eyes that’s as crazy, hilarious and unexpected as kids themselves. Laugh as your little ones invent monsters, dancing ninjas, superhero tomatoes – or any other idea they call out, and watch as Story Pirates bring their ideas to life.

NSO Summer Music Institute Chamber Ensembles
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Through Sunday, July 20 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The young ensembles play works by Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Shostakovich, and Barber.

Art on 8th: Polvo and Scree
Presented by Dance Place
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Thursday, July 17 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Enjoy Latin Jazz with Polvo and Scree Quartet!

Capital Fringe Festival: Walken In His Shoes
Presented by Capital Fringe Festival
Redrum – at Fort Fringe
Thursday, July 17 10:00 pm & Saturday, July 19 12:30 pm ∙ $17
Sit in on an all-male Christopher Walken Club meeting when a female wants to join. Watch as they compete in the first annual Walken In His Shoes pageant. Come see the big hair, big eyes and big laughs. Learn more about the Capital Fringe Festival, which includes: Mobile Personal Series#albatrossThe Interpersonal UnderworldWe’ve Come to PlayThe Old Man Never Let It GoBlue Moon/Red RiverBalloon PlaysOh, What Can’t A Woman Do? & MORE!

ETC Beginnings: Down on the Farm Performance
Presented by Educational Theatre Company (ETC)
Madison Community Center
Friday, July 18 11:30 am ∙ FREE!
Students ages 3-5 put on a big “show” based around the theme of the week! The culmination of a week of games, exercises, and rehearsals, July 18th is our specialty sharing, celebrating the wonder of the farm through theatre!

Afternoon Aviators
College Park Aviation Museum
Fridays, July 18 & 25 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ $0-$4
Join us for fun, hands-on aviation-themed activities. A weekly series for children ages five and up.

Intro to Film Camp Presentation
Presented by Educational Theatre Company (ETC)
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Friday, July 18 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Students ages 8-12 collaborate to create short films in one week – join us for their film presentation.

Art on 8th: Freddie Dunn Jr., POP and Hoop Jam
Presented by Dance Place
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Friday, July 18 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Join Freddie Dunn Jr., POP (People, Objects Play) and Carla Perlo for live jazz, interactive dance and a hoop jam!

Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum
Presented by Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Friday, July 18 7:00 pm ∙ $120-$135
Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Once Upon a Mattress
Presented by Encore Stage & Studio
Thomas Jefferson Theatre
Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20 ∙ various show times ∙ $10-$15
If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and The Pea,” you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Performance continues through Sunday, July 27.

An Evening with Dany Kaye
Gunston Theatre Two
Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $25-$40
Helen Hayes Award-winner Brian Childers returns to TACT for An Evening with Danny Kaye. The production pays tribute to one of Broadway and Hollywood’s greatest showmen – Danny Kaye. Brian Childers becomes Danny Kaye in a way that lets a new generation discover – and an older generation re-visit – a unique performer. Show continues through Saturday, August 16.

Tiny Tots: Winter Wonderland
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Saturday, July 19 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
The King of Winter and the Snow Queen welcome Jack Frost, Marco Polo Bear, and Isabella on Ice. Also, a magic snowflake comes to life with a surprise ending!

Free Summer Saturdays: Mark Tribe: Plein Air opens
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
Saturday, July 19 ∙ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Ultimate Urban Safari
10 a.m.-12 noon, North Atrium, Galleries, Education Workshop

Join us for a wild summer day dedicated to the animal kingdom! Spurred on by the American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley exhibition, discover how creatures big and small can inspire through workshop activities, book readings, and a live performance. Participate in an animal welfare community service project and make a difference. All ages welcome!
“Art + ___” Trivia Series
3-5 p.m., North Atrium

Beat the heat and geek out with trivia and happy hour! On this afternoon, test your knowledge of Art + Movies.
11 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.: Guided Tours

Mandela Day and South Africa Independence Festival
Presented by Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Saturday, July 19  11:00 am ∙ FREE!
In partnership with the National Park Service and the District Department of the Environment, the museum honors Nelson Mandela and his native South Africa. Enjoy a day of arts, crafts, and musical entertainment.

Pinkalicious – The Musical
Adventure Theatre MTC
Saturday, July 19 through Monday, July 21 ∙ various show times ∙ $10.50-$19 
Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. 
Based on the book “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann ∙ Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann ∙ Music by John Gregor ∙ Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann ∙ Directed by Carl Menninger ∙ Starring Felicia Curry ∙ All Ages.  The show continues through Sunday, August 31.  Check TicketPlace.org for discount ticket availability.

Mestey Films Productions presents: ”The Ice Queen”
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, July 19 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $9-$12 
Being the Ice Queen is not easy! Our story unfolds as the sister of the mysterious Ice Queen and Charles (a Wise Man) is determined to find her true love. But, it won’t be an easy task, as who can really understand the Ice Queen? When Jack Frost enters the picture, new twists and turns evolve! Will the Ice Queen and Jack Frost make the perfect pair and live happily ever after? “Chill Out” this Summer with this new original fairytale by Vianlix Mestey! This show continues every Saturday at 1:00 pm through Aug 9.

Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park – Washington Balalaika Society Chamber Orchestra
Presented by The Alden
McLean Central Park Gazebo
Sunday, July 20 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Performing the music of Russia, Ukraine and eastern Europe on traditional Russian folk instruments — the balalaika, domra, bayan and related folk wind and percussion instruments.

Tudor Tots: Summer Fun in the Sun
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tuesday, July 22 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $0 – $5
Tudor Place has enchanted young children for 200 years. Experience it yourself Tuesday mornings, as we meet to read, sing, and play in the gardens. This family-friendly program offers a new theme each week, from “adventurous animals” to “growing gardens” and more. Children will participate in interactive read-alouds, songs and themed movements, all related to the week’s topic, sharing a tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Parents/caregivers remain with children. For ages 2-4

Jamaal Collier
Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center
Wednesday, July 23 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ $5
Jamaal-or “Mr. Root”- is a dedicated and versatile professional Hip Hop artist with more than a decade of experience facilitating workshiops and live performances in the Mid-Atlantic region. By incorporating rapping, vocal percussion, and dynamic stage presence, Jamaal articulates his passionate appreciation for his artistry every time he teaches and performs. Jamaal was named the Mic-ology Spoken Word Slam Champion in 2007.

Classical Hip-Hop: Christylez Bacon & Wytold
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, July 23 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ $5-$15
A groundbreaking combination of classical music, beat box, and rap! Worlds collide when hip-hop artist and Grammy-nominated Christylez Bacon (pronounced: chris-styles) and electric cellist, Wytold (William Wytold Lebing) take the stage in a program that merges two contrasting art forms: classical music and hip-hop. Traditional elements of hip-hop including human beat box, rhyming, and storytelling are blended with classical compositions of Bach, Vivaldi, and Pachelbel. Audiences will enjoy this fun and innovative performance that introduces the classics through trendy pieces and brings audiences of all ages together. These performances are appropriate for children ages 5 to 12 years old.

Children’s Film: Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt
National Gallery of Art
Wednesdays, July 23 & July 30 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
(Ages 4 and up) Join us for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezias Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of these two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. (Mary Cassatt, Mike Venezia, U.S., 2008, 24 mins.; Mike Venezia, 24 mins.) A free Family Guide to the exhibition Degas/Cassatt will be available at each screening. West Building Lecture Hall Showings through Sunday, August 17th.

Children’s Film: Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist
National Gallery of Art
Wednesday, July 23 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
(Ages 8 and up) The story finds American artist Mary Cassatt working in Paris—an intelligent, charming, and fiercely independent artist with an ordered life until her brother arrives with his three unruly children. At first dreading the presence of the children, Cassatt soon finds herself inspired by them and even uses them as models. Her teenage niece Katherine, who believes that getting married is essential to positioning oneself in society, plays matchmaker between Cassatt and Edgar Degas. Though the match is not meant to be, Cassatts feminist ideals greatly influence Katherine and change her life forever and for the better. Likewise, the children soften Cassatt and inspire her to renew stronger contact with her family back in Philadelphia. (Richard Mozer, Devine Entertainment, Canada, 1999, 56 mins.) A free Family Guide to the exhibition Degas/Cassatt will be available at each screening. West Building Lecture Hall

Movies at Montpelier: Steamboy (2004)
Montpelier Arts Center
Wednesday, July 23 ∙ 8:30 pm ∙ FREE!
A free outdoor movie featuring the anime film, Steamboy. Anime fans of all ages will enjoy this movie.Rei is a young inventor living in the U.K. in the middle of the 19th century. Shortly before the first ever World Expo, a marvelous invention called the “Steam Ball”, behind which a menacing power is hidden, arrives at his door from his grandfather Roid in the U.S. Meanwhile the nefarious Ohara Foundation has sent men to acquire theSteam Ball so that they can use its power towards their own illicit ends.

Disney’s The Lion King
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 17 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $40 – $170
Winner of six Tonys including Best Musical,Disney’s The Lion King returns! With direction and costumes by Julie Taymor, Elton John and Tim Rice’s score brings the African Pridelands to life with “Circle of Life” and many more great songs.

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