FYIDC: Sound Off on Summer

by Editorial

Spectacles of music, art, dance and theater. Plus, insider picks.

Somaspa (Photo courtesy Somaspa)

Trade your suit and tie for a swimsuit after a session with “The Biggest Loser” trainer Bob Harper at Balance Gym (2121 Wisconsin Ave NW). If you can’t wait for a vacation, try a post-workout staycation at Somaspa, a luxurious in-house destination. This ultra-modern spot boasts minimalist design by Georgetown-based architects Adamstein & Demetriou and a new spa menu. Indulge in a Vitamin-C revitalizing facial that helps repair sun damage and nourish aging skin for a more youthful glow. Or, try the massage-like, lymphatic detox to improve the body’s circulation and boost weight loss. This cutting-edge facility also offers a hands-on approach to relaxation with a couples massage class that will help you chill out all summer long.

"Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson" (Photo courtesy Studio Theatre)

Presidential Performance: Barfights, Brawls and Battles

Premiering July 11 at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. NW), “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” is an irreverent take on Andrew Jackson’s life that recasts the president as a rockstar of American history. Written by Alex Timbers and composed by Michael Friedman, the satirical spectacle features Broadway veteran Heath Calvert as Andrew Jackson.


Quick picks for best summer events from those in the know:

Philippa Hughes, founder of the Pinkline Project

Top Pick: Foggy Bottom Sculpture Exhibit, through October 2012, various locations

“Not only does this outdoor public art exhibit display works by some of the best artists in D.C. and curated by one of our best. Laura Roulet, it’s also a great way to walk around a neighborhood that isn’t visited often.”

Ryan and Hayes Holladay, the minds behind Bluebrain

Top Pick:The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of Goddesses,” July 26, Wolftrap Performing Arts Center

“At this event, the 8-bit music of your childhood is performed by a full orchestra. Composer Koji Kondo’s music never sounded so good. Extra points if you show up wearing a Power Glove!”

Colin Hunter, co-founder of Alton Lane

Top Pick: Washington Kastles matches, July 12-24, Kastles Stadium

“I’m an avid tennis fan. In fact, we got the name ‘Alton Lane’ from a cobblestone road just outside of Wimbledon. I’m really looking forward to catching a few Kastles matches this summer on the Southwest Waterfront.”

Peyton Jenkins, co-founder of Alton Lane

Top Pick: Phillips After 5, Thursdays, August 2012, Phillips Collection

“The Phillips is a short walk from our showroom on Dupont Circle, so it’s a great excuse to grab a cocktail and check out some amazing art. Next on my list is the Jasper Johns printmaking exhibit!”

See more in the Summer 2012 Issue of Washington Life Magazine.

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