Olympic viewing, St. Elizabeths East opening: things to do in D.C. this weekend


Find the best place to watch the Olympics in London. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

• Many of you have asked about the best places to watch the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics, and we’ve rounded up the best of the lot. One event in particular stands out: A torch relay-inspired bar crawl down H Street, which starts at the Argonaut and ends at the British-themed Queen Vic, for $4 pints during the event.

• Once a national hospital for the mentally ill, St. Elizabeths is now the site of a major revitalization project seeking to build a mixed-use community on the campus. The gates open up this weekend for a Summer Celebration of music, interactive art and a new weekly farmer’s market.

• While the remount of Mike Daisey’s controversial “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” plays at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, the monologist debuts “The Orient Express (Or, the Value of Failure),” a one-off, free performance being called “a workshop presentation of a work-in-progress.” The piece is Daisey’s exploration of the various methods we use to escape failure and scandal.

Brandon Weigel is an editor for Baltimore City Paper and an alumnus of The Washington Post's Going Out Guide.

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