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A tad depressed we're not in Las Vegas for Electric Daisy Carnival but theater productions, pool parties and parades all weekend long aren't half bad.
SOCIALS + POOL PARTIES + EXHIBITS + BOOKS
Megan Mueller: I Built This For You combines sculpture and drawings to create abstract works of landscapes and natural forms. The works "suggest a connection to land and exploration, place and memory..." Flashpoint. Friday.
Escape the sweltering summer heat at Laugh Index: Everything but the Kitchen Sink, a series of comedy variety shows featuring local stand-ups, sketch and improv troupes. Flashpoint. Friday.
Another Saturday pool side at the Mother Trucker Pool Party featuring live DJs, corn holes, slip and slide and entertainment! Capital Skyline Hotel. Saturday. 11 a.m.
The Write On: A Benefit for 826 DC. Come hang out at the mixed media venue and bar to the sounds of DJ Christian Storm, and DJs Itchy Mitch and Big Nick of Wonderland Ballroom and Cafe Saint-Ex. The Dunes. Saturday. 10 p.m. $15.
Behavior researcher and author Dan Ariely discusses his new book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone — Especially Ourselves. Politics and Prose. Saturday. 1 p.m.
Dandies and Quaintrelles presents the 2012 Seersucker Social at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens as the day rewinds back to the Jazz Age with the musical stylings of the Holly Bass Performance Projects. A morning bicycle ride is followed by a lawn party featuring food, drinks, lawn games and music. Saturday. 11 a.m. The bike ride starts at 11 a.m. at a secret location emailed to registrants.
Capital Pride holds down the city all weekend!
BYT and Capital Pride present WildLife, the official 2012 Capital Pride Party featuring international superstar Amanda Lepore, JD Samson, Big/Bright, Natty Boom, DJ MAJR, Summer Camp, AutoRock, Heidi Glum, Pu$$y Noir, and more. Howard Theatre. Friday. 8 p.m. $25. The event's sold out but there's a waitlist.
Pride Parade Beer Garden: a front row seat to the Capital Pride Parade. JR's. Saturday. 3 p.m. $5. Capital Pride Parade takes over Dupont Circle, 17th Street and Thomas Circle. Saturday. 4:30 p.m.
Cap off Pride Week at the Capital Pride Street Festival with headliner Deborah Cox, an art fair, demonstrations, entertainment, food, drink, Taste@Pride and more. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Sunday. 11 a.m. $5 donation. Keep the party going on Be True! Be You! at the official after party. Cobalt. Sunday. 6 p.m.
The-Brass-A-Holics New Orleans celebration of the life and legacy of Chuck Brown. The Hamilton. Friday. 8 p.m. $27.50 - $38.
Dimitri from Paris spins a 6-hour set at U Street Music Hall. Friday. 10 p.m. $10.
CapitalBop's Jazz Loft Mega Fest concludes the D.C. Jazz Festival with a day of music, film, food and festivities. The loft space at 629 New York Ave. NW is transformed into a pop-up space with an art gallery, music venue, movie theater, eatery and more. Performances feature Marc Cary's Cosmic Indigenous feat. Awa Sangho and Lenny Robinson's Mad Curious. Taste of DC will provide food and drink. The Taste of DC Loft. Saturday. 3 p.m. $10-$12.
SNRG Fireday 8 "See no evil, HEAR no evil, SPEAK no evil" featuring Connie Lim and Jenn Bostic at Jammin Java. Friday. 10 p.m. $10/$13.
Singer-songwriter Edwin McCain performs at State Theatre. Owen Danoff opens. Saturday. 9 p.m. $26.
Richmond locals Carbon Leaf brings a bit of roots-rock to Rams Head Live. With very special guests Civil Twilight and Matt Hutchison. Saturday. 7 p.m. $22.
Music from the Big House, an afternoon with roots and blues artist Rita Chiarelli as she performs live following a screening of the award-winning documentary, Music from the Big House. A Q&A will follow. Artisphere. Sunday. 2 p.m. $10.
Indie-pop band Foster the People take over Merriweather Post Pavilion with UK band theKooks and Kimbra. Sunday. 5:30 p.m. doors. $35-$45.
THEATER + FILM
Source Festival, now in its 5th year features new works and theatrical productions from rising and established artists. Over the course of three weeks, 25 new works will be presented including eighteen 10-minute plays, three full-length plays, three Artistic Blind Dates, the creative results of a six-month collaboration and a talent show. Source. Opens Friday and will run until July 1.
The Normal Heart, the 2011 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Play, opens at Arena Stage. George C. Wolfe (Angels in America) directs the riveting and emotional story of how a group of friends struggled to cope with the AIDS crisis as it spread through New York's gay community. Opens Friday. 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday shows are almost sold out.
Set in a dystopian metropolis filled with cockroaches and unrest, The Animals and Children Took to the Streets is described as a part Charles Dickens, part Tim Burton world. Written and performed by the acclaimed London company 1927. Studio Theatre. Opens Friday. 7:30 p.m.
Léa Pool’s future-length documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. battles a different side in the fight against breast cancer. Every year millions upon millions are raised for the "cure," yet in reality, cancer rates are still rising, breast-cancer research is poorly coordinated, and there's little done toward preventive measures. In fact, corporations in the fight against breast cancer are making profits off of products made with carcinogens, the documentary says. E Street Cinema. Friday.