Summer Guide '11: Knee-High by the Fourth of July

May 11, 2011


‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ at Merriweather Post Pavilion
Baltimore psych-rockers Animal Collective named its 2009 experimental pop masterwork “Merriweather Post Pavilion,” after the famed amphitheatre. The quartet practically grew up hanging out on the venue’s lawn, noting on the album’s sleeve that “we’ve tried to make music that would be deserving of an amazing outdoor listening experience. … Merriweather Post Pavilion represents this for us.” On July 9, Animal Collective finally gets to hear how its music sounds when it headlines the venue for the first time.

» Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia; July 9, 6:30 p.m., $30 to $45; 410-715-5550, Merriweathermusic.com.

It’s Showtime!
The Capital Fringe Festival, a collection of offbeat shows that springs up in the District every summer, is impossible to predict, but we’ll do our best: Some of the shows will be fantastically funny; some of them will be terrible. You will regret at least one of the musicals. An air conditioner will break. You will be pleasantly surprised by approximately two of the productions, and monologues are usually a safe bet. That’s all the help we can give you.

» Various locations; July 7-24; Capitalfringe.org.

Hop, Skip and Haul
Never quite gotten over missing the opportunity to appear on “Double Dare?” Your obstacle course fantasies will be fulfilled with Metro Dash, which puts 30 challenges in your path to the finish line. You’ll need strength to haul sandbags, power to hop over high boxes, balance to traverse a beam and, of course, speed to win the darn thing. Prizes are awarded to individuals and teams.
» July 9; 4th and Water streets SE; $50-55; Metrodash.com/washington-dc.

What Football Lockout?
The European soccer club showcase has become an annual tradition in the area during recent years, and this summer will be no different when Manchester United takes on FC Barcelona in a friendly at FedEx Field on July 30. While it’s unclear who will actually play in the game — international team commitments might conflict — both teams feature star-studded rosters, familiar to anyone who spent last summer skipping work for the World Cup. Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Spanish midfielder Xavi and World Cup-winning goal scorer Andres Iniesta lead Barcelona; while Man. U. touts English striker Wayne Rooney, Bulgaria’s Dimitar Berbatov and Portuguese winger Nani.

» Fed Ex Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover; 7 p.m., $40 to $175; 301-276-6000, Fieldlandover.com.



Can’t-Miss-Movies
There is nothing filmmaker Errol Morris touches that doesn’t turn to awesome. His documentaries have ranged from a look at a family-run pet cemetery in “Gates of Heaven” to profiling Robert McNamara in “The Fog of War.” His newest — and possibly his best — is “Tabloid,” opening July 15. In it, Morris looks at a sex scandal involving a Southern beauty queen, a Mormon missionary, and the British tabloid press. And then there’s some dog cloning thrown in for good measure. If you don’t know Morris’ work, this is a good place to start. If you do, it’ll confirm everything you already know about how good he is.

Teaming Up for Tennis
World Team Tennis exists in this bizarre world where tennis is a group sport. Led by Venus and Serena Williams, the Washington Kastles start play (which runs from July 5 to 24) with a new arena, Kastles Stadium on the Wharf, opening on D.C.’s Waterfront. Anna Kournikova and John McEnroe will also make appearances as visitors on July 12 and 15, respectively.

» Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, 800 Water St. SW; July 5-24; $30 to $75; 202-483-6647, Washingtonkastles.com.

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