Inside D.C. entertainment

Weekend planner: Benevolent Media Festival, "Get Wet," TableTribes

June 21, 2012 - 11:50 AM
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Summer is finally here, which means everything poolside. Trivia Under the Stars at Capitol Skyline Hotel. Thursday. 7 p.m. $18/$20 day of. Admission includes kosher dinner and two drink tickets.

From the SNL Cast, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and the voiceover of Barack Obama on CNN's D.L. Hugley Breaks the News, Dean Edwards takes the stage at Riot Act Comedy Theater. Thursday - Saturday. $12 - $22.

Northside Social coffee shop/wine bar/place to aimlessly people watch hosts "Get Wet" Surf Art and Photography Exhibit. Curated by Alison Christ and Sean Kelley, the works bring the ocean, sand and waves to town. An opening reception-meet the artist will be held on Thursday. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Benevolent Media Festival, celebrating storytelling and design for good features five days of events around town. Festivities include an Epic Opening Party at Epic Yoga, an Eco-Chic Pop-Up Shop, and Please Don't Beat Me Up: Stories and Artifacts from Adolescence, a one-hour show featuring true stories of the embarrassments endured while growing up. Thursday - Monday.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan takes the stage at DC Improv. Thursday. 8 p.m. $45.

BYT and Nat Geo Local Tourist Series After Hours brings a night at the museum to life. The second installment of the Local Tourist series takes over the National Geographic Museum with a late night of exhibits, martia arts, NYC performance artists, DJ Jahsonic, drinks photos and food trucks! Friday. 8 p.m. $20/$25.

From Chelsea Lately and Last Comic Standing, stand-up comedian LaVell Crawford performs at DC Improv. Friday - Sunday. 8 p.m. $30.

Progressive Beats 8.0: Progressive Lounge with special guest Michael Copon (One Tree Hill, Power Rangers: Time Force). The benefit for KAYA DC and Asian American LEAD features a night of guest DJs. Sutra Lounge. Friday. $15 general/$10 young professionals, students, limited income.

VietFest 2012, the Vietnamese cultural festival features singers Anh Minh and Hoang Vu, cultural events, traditional Vietnamese foods, photo booth, fashion show, beauty pageant, Pho eating contest and more! GMU/Lot K. Saturday. 10 a.m. $5/$7.

Pink Collar Comedy Tour features rising comedians that have made names for themselves in the NYC comedy scene. Comedians Erin Judge, Carrie Gravenson, Abbi Crutchfield and Kaytlin Bailey tell their tales of leaving the corporate world for comedy life. Busboys and Poets/5th&K. Sunday. 5 p.m. $10 suggested donation.

TableTribes presents its Summer Picnic Series. The nine week exploration of the human condition with thought leaders, chefs and mixologists in a series of picnics are held every Sunday evening and will run until August 26. Dying for an invite? Invitations are issued based on answers to an application: "What does your life taste like as a pie? How does job security, finding a roommate, a new baby, just married, recently divorced, traveling, joy, discontent, etc. translate into the bubbling, flaky confines of one of the world's most beloved foods?" Place TBA. Sunday.


9:30 Club and U Street Music Hall present Dutch electronic trio Nobody Beats the Drum with Gavin Holland of Nouveau Riche at U Street Music Hall. Thursday. 7 p.m. $12.

Greg Laswell's new album, Landline, "emerges as definitive Laswell: strong, keyboard-centric melodies, wry lyricism," featuring collaborations with wife and musician Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles. The California singer-songwriter's been featured on Grey's Anatomy, True Blood and 90210. Rock & Roll Hotel. Elizabeth Ziman opens. Thursday. 7 p.m. $15.

UNHCR World Refugee Day Concert honoring displaced people, returnees and refugees of Afghanistan, features a keynote address by best-selling author Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns) and performances by Farid Nouri, Salar Nader and Thomas Blondet. Eighteenth Street Lounge. Thursday. 7 p.m.

Eli "Paperboy" Reed brings a bit of soul to U Street Music Hall. With Lily and the Parlour Tricks. Friday. 7 p.m. $12.

Mass. roots-rockers Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers perform at Jammin' Java. Friday. 8 p.m. $25. 

Indie-rock band Paper Route's new album, The Peace of Wild Things is set to drop on September 11. They'll be performing from Absence as well as previews of the new record. On the album, "its creators presume — very much in the traditions of Romantic poetry and 80's New Wave (Tears for Fears) — that creatively fixating on the local, the achingly personal even, is probably the surest path to the universal." Half Noise, the new project from former Paramore member Zac Farro opens at Red Palace. Friday. 9 p.m. $10.

Face to Face performs an acoustic set with Nat Rufus of the Blacklist Royals at U Street Music Hall. Saturday. 7 p.m. $20.

The Mynabirds', fronted by Laura Burhenn, recently released their sophomore album, Generals, after a year of touring with Bright Eyes. Black Cat. With Sean Bones and Edie Sedgwick. Saturday. 9 p.m. $12.

A songwriters circle Fleetwood Mac tribute featuring Anthony Fiacco, Luke Brindley, Todd Wright and Michael Pearsall. Jammin' Java. Sunday. 7:30 p.m. $15.


Home Performance Series 2012: Two weeks of performances by award-winning artists of Step Afrika! takes audiences on an exploration of hip-hop and technology at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Thursday - July 1. $20 - $39.50

Silverdocs documentary film festival celebrated its 10th anniversary with Monday's opening night screening of Don't Stop Believin'. The seven-day international film festival will screen Big Easy Express on its closing night, a film following three bands — Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes — as they tour by train from Oakland to New Orleans. Take a peek at the City Paper's guide. Various venues. Runs until Sunday.

Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle, is a tragicomic tale, set in Nantucket Sound, of a battle over America's largest clean energy project, a proposal to install 130 wind turbines that ends up pitting neighbor against neighbor in the small town. West End Cinema. Opens Friday.

A midnight screening with James Dean and Natalie Wood in Rebel Without a Cause. E Street Cinema. Saturday. 12 a.m. $11.

BloomScreen presents Thirteen Percent, a documentary from D.C. filmmaker Art Jones that looks into how and why African-Americans make for 13 percent of the population, but they account for 50 percent of all new HIV/AIDS cases in the country. BloomBars. Sunday. 5 p.m. $10 suggested donation.

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