The Hotlist: July 2014

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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 July.

Crane & Turtle, Rural Society, Gypsy Soul

Roasted bass with squid ink and olives at Crane & Turtle. (Maura Judkis/for The Post)
Roasted bass with squid ink and olives at Crane & Turtle. (Maura Judkis/The Washington Post)

Get a seat at the table for a trio of important restaurant openings this month. Petworth's Crane & Turtle (828 Upshur St. NW. www.craneandturtledc.com) is a great place for an unfussy-but-gourmet date, with a menu fusing French and Japanese ingredients and techniques. July 3 brings the debut of Rural Society (1177 15th St. NW. www.loewshotels.com/Madison-Hotel/dining/Garces), the Argentine steakhouse from "Iron Chef" alum Jose Garces. And on July 23, chef R.J. Cooper's long-awaited Gypsy Soul (2910 District Ave., Fairfax) will open in the Mosaic District as a more accessible version of the multi-course extravaganza that is Cooper's Rogue 24. (Maura Judkis)

Get lost at the National Building Museum


(National Building Museum)

Out with the mini golf, in with a maze. With walls 18 feet high and 60 feet long, the National Building Museum's BIG Maze, which opens July 4, is inspired by ancient labyrinths and hedge mazes. Museum officials say it should take 20 to 30 minutes to find your way to the center and out. We bet if you enjoy some food and drinks at Hill Country's Backyard Barbecue on the museum's lawn beforehand, it could take even longer. 401 F St. NW. www.nbm.org. $10; $5 for ages 3-17, students and seniors. (Margaret Ely)

Cold soup, so hot right now

Ice cream and popsicles make it easier to survive D.C.'s sweaty summers, but one cannot live on frozen fruit, sugar and cream alone. Luckily, gazpachos are proliferating on menus, providing cold, savory refreshment. Sample the chilled Andalusian tomato-based soup in its traditional form at Jaleo (various locations, www.jaleo.com) or Barcelona Wine Bar (1622 14th St. NW. www.barcelonawinebar.com). At Mintwood Place (1813 Columbia Rd. NW. www.mintwoodplace.com), the cucumber and watercress gazpacho comes with lump crab and avocado. Gazpachos aren't the only chilled soups you should sample: Le Diplomate (1601 14th St. NW. www.lediplomate.com) offers a chilled corn soup. (Maura Judkis)

Rock on at Fort Reno

It looked like the annual Fort Reno concert series was going to be canceled for the first time in its storied history, the result of a disagreement with the National Park Service over security staffing. As we all know, though, rock and roll can never die, and an agreement was reached to preserve the beloved local institution. The Monday-and-Thursday-evening series is scheduled to begin July 7 at 7 p.m. in Tenleytown. Chesapeake Street and Nebraska Avenue NW. www.fortreno.com. Free. (Alex Baldinger)

The kids are not alright

Teen angst is getting a supernatural twist at area theaters. At Studio Theatre, “Carrie: The Musical” (July 9-Aug.3) reimagines Stephen King’s novel about a bullied girl with telekinetic powers and a lunatic mother. (1501 14th St. NW. www.studiotheatre.org. $40-$45.) At the Hub theatre, “Abominable” (July 11-Aug. 3) tells the story of Sam, a kid who doesn’t feel entirely normal, which may have something to do with those massive footprints seen around town that are terrifying the neighborhood. (John Swayze Theatre at the New School of Northern Virginia, 9431 Silver King Ct., Fairfax. www.thehubtheatre.org. $30.) (Stephanie Merry)

It's Fringe season

Play titles like “Giant Box of Porn” and “Feisty Old Jew” can only mean the return of the Capital Fringe Festival. New this year: Performances in the Atlas Performing Arts Center, and six site-specific works, in addition to 145 experimental and interestingly titled productions from July 10-27. Various locations. 866-811-4111. www.capfringe.org. $17 per show plus the one-time purchase of a festival button, $5-$7. (Stephanie Merry)

The Caribbean comes to Baltimore

At the Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival, expect flamboyant floats, island music and Caribbean food and drinks at the July 12 parade, and even more music and Caribbean fare at the July 13 festival. Lake Clifton Park, 2701 Saint Lo Dr., Baltimore. www.dccarnival.org/2k14. Admission is $10 per day.

Remember, you can now take the MARC train to Baltimore on weekends for $7, which could come in handy if you're planning to attend the Caribbean Carnival or Artscape, July 18-20. The 33rd annual event features a display of art cars, arts and craft vendors and contemporary exhibitions, along with a new after-hours dance party on July 19. 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. www.artscape.org. (Margaret Ely)

Radler in the sun

When Germans need to cool off, they often turn to radler, a thirst-quenching, low-alcohol mix of beer and lemonade or citrus soda. Thanks to imports from Stiegl and domestic versions from  Sam Adams and Sixpont, radler has been making inroads in stateside bars. I've been enjoying Boulevard's ginger-lemon radler at Smoke and Barrel (2471 18th St. NW. www.smokeandbarreldc.com), and the Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen while watching World Cup matches at Biergarten Haus (1355 H St. NE. www.biergartenhaus.com) and Dacha Beer Garden (1600 Seventh St. NW): It's a smooth, slightly funky blend of a traditional German wheat beer and tart grapefruit juice. It's very easy to drink a liter or two, and at 2.5 percent, you won't feel it in the morning. Want to drink something made closer to home? Watch out for 51, a limited-release radler brewed by D.C.'s own 3 Stars. It makes its debut at the brewery's July 4 party at City Tap House. (Fritz Hahn)

3 Stars Artists and Artisans Festival

At most beer festivals, you just stand around and drink beer. Not at the annual Artists and Artisans festival hosted by 3 Stars Brewing Company, an event dedicated to showcasing local musicians, graffiti artists, clothing designers, food trucks and distillers. Among the highlights of the July 19 festival: A live set by buzzworthy rock band Spirit Animal, graffiti art, food truck snacks and a tasting with New Columbia Distillers. There will also be plenty of 3 Stars beer, of course, from 1 to 6 p.m. 6400 Chillum Pl. NW. www.threestarsbrewing.com. $15 admission; food and drinks are extra. (Fritz Hahn)

A festival of ice cream

Forget fresh strawberries and local tomatoes: On July 19, Union Market will be celebrating ice cream, the only seasonal produce that really matters. For the fourth annual DC Scoop festival, 15 frozen treat vendors will face off to see who makes the best ice cream in the District. Though the winner will be selected by a panel of expert judges, there is also a people’s choice category, meaning it’s pretty much your democratic duty to try all 15 options. 1309 Fifth St. NE. www.unionmarketdc.com. (Sarah Kaplan)

Screen on the Green


(Tyler Mallory/For The Washington Post)

D.C. has dozens of free outdoor film festivals, but there's only one Screen on the Green. The festival on the National Mall begins with a screening of 1984's “The Karate Kid” (July 21) followed by “Lover Come Back” (July 28), “Key Largo” (Aug. 4) and “A Soldier’s Day” (Aug. 11). As always, guests are encouraged to bring blankets, but leave your chairs at home. Snacks, beverages and umbrellas are also permitted. The National Mall between Seventh and 12th Streets. Free. (Macy Freeman)

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