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C’mon get happy! Activities that will put a smile on your face.

By Anne Kim-Dannibale

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, Walt Disney Productions U.S./U.K. 1964. Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures/Photofest copyright Walt Disney Pictures)

“Mary Poppins”
Sat. and Sun., August 10 and 11
National Gallery of Art
East Building Auditorium
National Mall, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Free, 202-737-4215

Try not to hum along at the National Gallery of Art’s screening of this 1964 family classic, starring the incomparable Julie Andrews as the whimsically magical nanny and Dick Van Dyke as lovable chimney scamp Bert.

Kayla Dixon (Magenta), Mitchell Jarvis (Frank N. Furter), and Matthew McGee (Riff Raff) Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show, (Photo by Igor Dmitry)

Kayla Dixon (Magenta), Mitchell Jarvis (Frank N. Furter) and Matthew McGee (Riff Raff) in Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show.” (Photo by Igor Dmitry)

“Rocky Horror Picture Show”
Now through Saturday, August 17
Showtimes vary
Studio Theatre
1501 14th St. NW
$40-$45, 202-332-3300 or online here

Thanks to an extended run, fans of Richard O’Brien’s campy horror comedy musical can do the Time Warp a few more times. Mitchell Jarvis continues his tour de force performance as Frank N. Furter with Tom Story taking on the role of Narrator/Dr. Scott, Paul Scanlon as Brad and Nora Palka as Magenta.

WPAS Summer Steps with Step Afrika!
Sunday, August 11
2 p.m.-3 p.m.
National Building Museum
401 F St. NW
Free, 202-272-2448

Clap along or join in on this foot-stomping show featuring young up-and-coming dancers performing with Washington Performing Arts Society’s youth program and Step Afrika!

Dogs in costumes (Photo by ejorpin via Flickr)

Dogs in costumes (Photo by ejorpin via Flickr)

Fashion for Paws Photo Contest
Deadline Friday, August 9
$1 donation to vote here

Hitting that afternoon slump? Perk up with photos of cute dogs and their fashionable owners from last year’s Fashion for Paws charity runway show benefiting the Washington Humane Society. The winner earns the opening spot at next year’s show, a private photo shoot and more.

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