Round out your Fourth with these laid-back offerings.
By Anne Kim-Dannibale
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Wednesday, June 26 to Sunday, June 30
Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
The National Mall, between Smithsonian Museums
Nearly half of the world’s 7,000 languages are in danger of disappearing, the Smithsonian Institution notes in its special exhibition “One World, Many Voices,” one of three special highlights at Smithsonian’s annual celebration of world arts and cultures. Meet artisans and learn more about the importance of language as a source of cultural identity.
“Some Like It Hot” Outdoor Movie Night
Friday, June 28
Heurich House Museum
1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW
There are plenty of outdoor movie nights springing up around the greater Washington area, but we like the classics, and what better way to watch the comedic genius of Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon than at one of the country’s “most intact Victorian”? Don’t forget a picnic and blanket.
Saturday, June 29
1337 Connecticut Ave. NW
To us ski-challenged folk, this winter pastime of the jet-set comes down to one thing: apres ski. Who doesn’t love dressing up in a chic snow-bunny ensemble and relaxing fireside with a hot toddy? The folks behind Eden seem to agree and have gone so far as to open a nightclub that puts the focus on the best part of winter. The opening this weekend may be invitation only, but you can snag an invite on the website.
A Little Rock, a Lotta Roll
Friday, June 28
9 p.m., doors 8 p.m.
Rock & Roll Hotel
1353 H St. NE
$10 available here
Looking for something a bit more eclectic? We’re grooving to Black Masala, a collective of District musicians from Thievery Corporation, Yamamonem Jazz Band, See-I, Yellow Dubmarine and Bellflur that combines several genres including New Orleans jazz and ambient/experimental.