July 19, 2009

Capital Diary: Midsummer Roundup

It’s all quiet on the social front before the blitz of the fall parties and galas, but there’s fine summer fun in the offbeat events listed below. Some are kid-friendly, to stave off mid-vacation doldrums (at top: “Bee Flower,” painting courtesy of the artist, Kathy Ann Meyers of Laurel, Maryland).

July 26
Zip over to Baltimore for a morning class on how to fly on a trapeze, and fulfill your early dreams. After safety rules, learn the knee hang, hip hang, pulling taffy, lion in the tree, and other moves on a low-hanging trapeze.

July 28
Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day at a pisco party and fashion show at Hotel Monaco’s Poste Moderne Brasserie. Melanie Asher, founder of the award-winning Macchu Pisco liquors, will provide pisco sour specials. Featured jewelry is from co-host Evelyn Brooks Designs. Trendsetting styles are from iKY Clothing, Dar Be Dar Fashion, and Corte Salon. The event benefits Peru’s earthquake victims, hardest hit in the Pisco/Ica region. Sponsor: Coprodeli USA, a charity that promotes education and job training in Peru, (860) 608-6380.

August 1-2
From 2 p.m. until midnight on August 1, Washington Improv Theater presents Improv-a-palooza 2009. During the comedy marathon, the actors improvise 10-minute skits from audience suggestions. You can check it out at the Source Theatre on 14th Street. The Washington Improv is one of the Source’s resident companies.

Improv-a-palooza is part of the Tenth Annual MiDCity Dog Days events. On August 1 and 2, shops, theaters, and restaurants on the 14th Street and U corridor feature sidewalk sales, giveaways, shows, and restaurant specials.

Studio Theatre (at 14th and P) hosts its annual garage sale of stage items from recent productions on August 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The intriguing props include Edie Beale-style hats and scarves from Grey Gardens, furniture, home accessories, clothing, and collectibles. Raffles throughout the day.

On August 2, the Source Theatre holds an open house, with sing-alongs, T-shirt making, lightsaber combat training, and other entertainment especially for kids in the morning, with performances by the Source’s three resident theater companies in the afternoon.

August 6
Fiesta time! Learn the cumbia and tamborito. Grufolpawa (Grupo Folklorico de Panama en Washington, D.C.) teaches the Panamian folk dances to live music performed by Jario y sus Muchachos, Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

August 9
Kayak on the Potomac from sunset into the moonlight. The International Club of D.C. offers the evening kayaking. Club founder Sanjaya Hettihewa says, “We have timed it with the full moon illuminating the monuments, to make it even more spectacular.” A candle-lit picnic dinner at the club’s Georgetown dock follows the ride.

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