The Hotlist: June 2014

Welcome to the Hotlist, a monthly preview of things to taste, see and do in the weeks ahead. Here's what's coming up in June.

Capital Pride Festival

The Capital Pride Festival is best known for its Saturday parade, which features a mile of floats winding through Dupont and Logan circles, and the giant Sunday street festival on Pennsylvania Avenue NW near the Capitol. Happy hours and dance parties take over local clubs. But there's so much more to this celebration of D.C.'s thriving LGBQT community, including spoken word poetry (Tuesday at Busboys and Poets), a bike ride (Wednesday, beginning at Dupont Circle), an evening 5K in Congressional Cemetery (Friday) and a walking tour of gay and lesbian historic sites (Saturday afternoon). A full calendar of events can be found at www.capitalpride.org. -- Fritz Hahn

Lyman's Tavern

Lyman's Tavern

Lyman's Tavern (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

It seems as if every new bar needs a gimmick to differentiate itself from the competition. The gimmick at Lyman's Tavern: This is an old-school bar done right. The Red Derby's 16th Street Heights neighbor is a one-room bar with four pinball machines (including AC/DC!), free popcorn and a killer jukebox loaded with Leonard Cohen, doo-wop, garage rock and vintage country. An upright piano sits in the back corner of the room. There are six beers on tap, ranging from PBR to DC Brau's On the Wings of Armageddon. My only potential complaint: The barstools are bolted to the floor, which makes it harder to gather at the bar with a group. But hey: Every stool has hooks for jackets and purses, and there are plenty of outlets for charging a phone. Just wait until the patio opens. 3420 14th St. NW. 202-723-0502. www.lymanstavern.com. -- Fritz Hahn

Tico

James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow will plant his flag in the District with Tico, a Latin-inspired American restaurant on 14th Street NW. The 140-seat restaurant, scheduled to open June 8, will be a sister to Schlow's Boston restaurant of the same name. Expect a bar with more than 100 tequilas and a menu with Spanish and Mexican twists on American classics: think fried-chicken tacos, and breaded manchego with spicy pomegranate dip in place of mozzarella sticks. Tico, 1926 14th St. NW. www.ticodc.com.  -- Maura Judkis

Picnics done right

Hummus and pita will get the job done, but local restaurants are ready to help you elevate the art of the summer picnic. At GBD, a fried-chicken picnic for two includes four pieces of chicken, two sides, two biscuits and two doughnuts for $25. At Society Fair, $50 gets you a basket of charcuterie and cheese, olives and spreads, cookies and wine (screw-top, of course, with plastic glasses). At Red Apron, guests can choose from three curated picnic baskets ($16-$28), including Italian salami and cheese with crostini, or sandwiches with Zapps chips and Pellegrino ($16). And if you're already looking ahead to the Fourth of July, Pearl Dive is jumping into the picnic game with $35 fried-chicken dinner buckets, with six pieces of dark meat, corn muffins, spicy slaw, potato salad, two blueberry hand pies, a tablecloth and utensils for $35. -- Maura Judkis 

Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran

Pedestrians pass the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, Thursday, May 15, 2014. Washington’s oldest private art museum located near to the White House will have a very different future. Plans are now finalized for the long-struggling Corcoran Gallery of Art to be taken over by George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

(AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Major changes are coming to the Corcoran in October, at which point the gallery's collection will be absorbed into the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. So now is the chance to see this landmark D.C. institution before it is forever changed. You'll have an especially good reason to do so on Saturdays through August 30, when admission is free. In addition to the permanent collection, you'll want to check out Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra's "The Krazyhouse," a video installation of young people dancing. Also on display are photos by local artist Avi Gupta, who contrasts domestic interiors from India with those from the D.C. area, subtly illuminating characteristics of the people who reside within. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. www.corcoran.org. -- Maura Judkis

Angelika Theater Pop-Up

The eight-screen Angelika Theater coming to the Union Market neighborhood isn't scheduled to open until 2015, but a three-screen "micro cinema" launching June 13 should keep you entertained until then. The Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market will offer daily screenings of art-house and indie films in a warehouse space at 550 Penn St. NE, next to the Dolcezza Factory. Expect to snack on kale chips, craft beer and maple-bacon chocolate bars, in addition to rosemary truffle popcorn. Visit www.angelikapopup.com for advance tickets and showtimes. -- Margaret Ely

The World Cup

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The world's biggest sporting event begins June 12, and with most midweek matches kicking off between noon and 6 p.m. you'd be wise to book some midday "doctor's appointments" for the second half of the month. The U.S. Men's National Team plays Ghana on Monday, June 16 at 6 p.m. before facing Portugal Sunday, June 22 at 6 p.m. and Germany on Thursday, June 26 at noon. The Germany match will be shown on large screens during a free public viewing party in Dupont Circle, beginning at 11:30 a.m. -- Alex Baldinger

Union Market festivals

Union Market is wall-to-wall people on weekends, and it's going to be even more crowded in June as the market becomes festival central. The June 14 Union BBQ is an indoor-and-outdoor music festival curated by U Street Music Hall, with DJ sets from Jamie xx, Animal Collective, Nadastrom and Tittsworth. On June 28, the market will be home to Vinofest, which combines guided wine tastings with a pop-up art gallery, food trucks and music from Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation and R&B singer Jesse Boykins III. On June 29, some of D.C.'s top chefs will compete for charity at the Brainfood Grill-Off. Tony Chittum of the Iron Gate Inn, Mike Friedman of the Red Hen and Kyle Bailey of Birch and Barley are among those cooking to raise money for Brainfood, which uses culinary skills to reach at-risk youth. A $75 ticket includes all food and drink. Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. www.unionmarketdc.com. -- Fritz Hahn

A Tribute to Marvin Gaye

(David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

(David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

D.C. takes pride in the fact that Motown legend Marvin Gaye is one of Washington’s own. In celebration of Black Music Month, the African American Music Association is partnering with the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities to pay tribute to Gaye during a June 14 concert at the Lincoln Theatre. Featured acts include Gaye’s former music director, Gordon “Guitar” Banks, and Gaye's original band, the Marquees; the Marvin Gaye Tribute Band, Soul on Point and others will also perform. Proceeds benefit the African American Music Association’s youth scholarship programs and the DC Cares artist relief fund. Tickets start at $40. 1215 U St. NW. 202-397-7328 www.thelincolndc.com. -- Macy Freeman

A jazz-filled June

D.C. has jazz bragging rights -- Duke Ellington called it home before Harlem -- and there's no better time to brag than during June's D.C. Jazz Fest. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the June 24-29 music festival features more than 125 performances in venues across D.C. We’re looking forward to Jazz at the Capitol Riverfront, three days of jazz along the Anacostia featuring performances by Gregory Porter, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey, Akua Allrich and Frederic Yonnet.

The Nordic Jazz Fest is planned for the same week. Jazz musicians from Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Finland will perform at Twins Jazz, House of Sweden Blues Alley and the Embassy of Finland from June 24-29. The highlight is a rooftop concert at the Embassy of Sweden on June 25 at 7 p.m. -- Margaret Ely

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian’s annual Folklife Festival on the National Mall is one great way to celebrate cultural diversity this month. The festival runs June 25-29 and July 2-6 and highlights the cultural practices of China and Kenya: You’ll have the chance to learn more about Chinese traditions, such as water calligraphy, and how Kenyans preserve their heritage in the 21st century. The festival's marketplace, located near the entrance of the National Museum of American History, is where to find vendors selling jewelry, clothing, books, art and more. Visit www.festival.si.edu for a complete schedule of Folklife events. -- Macy Freeman

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