8 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of July 12-14

July 12, 2013

The weekend’s best in nightlife, music and art. For even more, check out Nightlife Agenda.


Connersmith gallery opens its summertime staple exhibition, "Academy," on Saturday with a "part(e)" that will serve as a spotlight for this year's (e)merge art fair.  (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)

Friday: Of course, this weekend's big show features none other than Paul McCartney, who'll be settling in for a three-hour show at Nationals Park. Catch up with details about his tour, what songs he might be playing and vintage photos of the Beatles: Paul McCartney tour hits Nationals Park.

Friday: An outdoor venue with crickets chirping and fireflies glowing seems like the perfect place to see Belle and Sebastian, those twee, lighthearted Glaswegians, who are touring stateside to give fans a taste of what's to come from its August release of "The Third Eye Centre," an album of rarities. Keeping things mellow, Yo La Tengo opens the show, set for 6:30 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Friday: The Specials introduced an entire generation of mods and rude boys to ska in the '70s and '80s. The English group is touring again with its original lead singer, Terry Hall, after more than 25 years apart, making this a must-see show. The show is at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore.

Friday: Storytelling  with that distinct voice of New York arrives at the Black Cat: And I Am Not Lying, the storytelling show that pairs burlesque, stories, music and comedy in one modern-day variety show, returns. And there will be "Game of Thrones"-themed burlesque.

Saturday: The (e)merge Art Fair is still three months away -- mark your calendars for Oct. 3 -- but founding gallery Connersmith is kicking off the celebration early this year. Head to the gallery for an arty "Summer Part(e)" that will give you a taste of things to come
later this year. The party, set for 6 to 9 p.m., also a celebration of the opening of Connersmith's "Academy 2013" show, an annual exhibition of recent art-school-grad talent. As you peruse the work, place your bets on which of the best and the brightest from area universities will become the D.C. art scene's next big thing.

Saturday: Some of the region's best beers come from Falls Church's Mad Fox Brewing Company, which celebrates its third year in business with an anniversary party this weekend  that will feature three special tappings, including the awesomely hoppy Orange Whip IPA, and music from singer-songwriter Justin Trawick and his band. Everyone gets free birthday cake at 5 p.m., and glassware and other prizes will be given away from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday: If you didn't get enough fireworks on the Fourth of July, then make tracks to Alexandria this weekend. The city regularly celebrates its own founding, about a week after the Fourth. This year's 264th birthday celebration features food and drink, music and family activities, capped with fireworks over the Potomac.

Sunday: Movie geeks: The best thing ever is happening at the National Gallery of Art and AFI Silver. Nine Alfred Hitchcock films -- all silents! -- were restored in the United Kingdom, and will screen over several days at the theaters in a series called "The Hitchcock 9." First up, On Sunday at 4 p.m. is Hitchcock's "Easy Virtue." Live music will accompany the films. (Correction: "Easy Virtue" is the second film in the series; the first is "The Manxman," running at the AFI on Saturday night.)

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