Harmonize with your inner diva
It’s summer musical season, a time for ear candy and breathless dance numbers. The behemoth is “Book of Mormon,” the Tony Award-winning romp from the creators of “South Park” at the Kennedy Center (July 9-Aug. 18, www.kennedy-center.org). But local theaters will rock, too: Arena Stage revives the ’60s with the return of “One Night With Janis Joplin” (through Aug. 11, www.arena
stage.org); Studio Theatre puts on a big, ribald production of “The Rocky Horror Show” (July 10-Aug. 4, www.studiotheatre.org); and Signature Theatre resurrects Cameron Mackintosh’s bombastic rock musical “Miss Saigon” (Aug. 15-Sept. 22, www.signature-theatre.org).
Jump the shark in Baltimore
“Live every week like it’s Shark Week” are the immortal words of Tracy Jordan from “30 Rock.” And when “Blacktip Reef” opens July 10 at the Baltimore Aquarium, you can take his advice. The $12.5 million exhibit contains a replica of an Indo-Pacific coral reef, featuring more than 60 kinds of fish and the namesake sharks, which have black tips on their fins. And if you’re not afraid of the toothy specimens, you can walk — or jump — on a specialized clear platform as sharks pass beneath your feet. 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 410-576-3800. www.aqua.org. $34.95; $21.95 ages 3 to 11; $29.95 age 65 and older; free age 2 and younger.
Contemplate D.C.’s most eclectic plays
The freewheeling Capital Fringe Festival is a great equalizer: Shakespeare might share the stage with drag queens, and the dramatic monologues of one show might be followed by puppets and cabaret in the next hour. With more than 135 groups performing at venues across the city July 11-28, it can be overwhelming. But whether you go for the burlesque rendering of Stanley Kubrick films, the War of 1812 rock opera or the heartfelt one-man show about returning from war with PTSD, make sure to schedule some time to hang out at the festival’s Gypsy Tent Bar, drink prosecco and talk theater with some of D.C.’s most die-hard fans. Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. 866-811-4111. www.capitalfringe.org. $5-$7 for a Fringe admission button, then $17 a show.
Sing along with Sir Paul
On his “Out There” tour, which lands at Nationals Park on July 12, Paul McCartney has been wowing stadiums with nostalgia-stoking three-hour sets loaded with beloved Beatles tunes, including several he has never performed, and tales from his past. With one of history’s most powerful songbooks at his disposal, from “All My Loving” to “Yesterday,” it’s no wonder the 71-year-old legend seems ageless. 8 p.m. at Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287. www.tickets.com. $69.50-$255.