Washington, D.C., Going Out Guide, June 17-23

National Geographic is exhibiting modern handmade versions of sketches of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions.
National Geographic is exhibiting modern handmade versions of sketches of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions. (Grande Exhibitions)
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

THU

June 17

"DANCE: YES WE CAN!" Ten local groups will perform in this showcase, including the Washington Ballet, Urban Artistry, Step Afrika!, CityDance Ensemble, Gesel Mason Performance Projects and Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh. 8 p.m. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122. 877-487-8849. http://www.shakespearetheatre.org. $25.

SOURCE FESTIVAL D.C. playwrights take the spotlight in a festival of new works. The first segment, "Sparks of Genius: 18 10-Minute Plays," concludes Sunday. Starting Tuesday, see the results of artistic blind dates between playwrights, filmmakers, choreographers, musicians and visual artists in the second segment, "The Chemistry of Art: Four Unprecedented Collaborations" (through June 26). Thursday, Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 1, 4 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. Through July 3. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. http://www.sourcedc.org. $18.

FRI

June 18

WASHINGTON NATIONALS The team plays six games at home this week, which could mean up to two appearances by ace Stephen Strasburg. Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 4:10 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. against the Chicago White Sox; Monday and Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. and Wednesday at 4:35 p.m. against the Kansas City Royals. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287. http://www.nationals.com. From $5.

FRÉDÉRIC YONNET The French-born harmonica virtuoso and local resident kicks off GoingOutGuide.com's Weekend Summer Concert Series. With Nasar Abadey and Supernova. Read a profile of Yonnet in Friday's Weekend section. 7:30 p.m. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. 202-426-0486. http://www.fredyonnet.com. Free.

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC The master performs his rock parodies. 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. Ticketmaster: 800-551-7328. 202-783-4000. http://www.warnertheatre.com. $39.50-$49.50 in advance, $44.50-$54.50 at the door.

"DA VINCI -- THE GENIUS" Over the course of 10 years, a team of modern artisans built life-size versions of more than 60 of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions, based on his sketches and notes. A special section shows the "Mona Lisa" as it was originally painted, thanks to multispectral imaging photography. Opens Friday. Through Sept. 12. National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. 202-857-7588. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/museum. Free.

SAT

June 19

THRIVE! FRESH IDEAS FESTIVAL This event celebrates the ways plants affect our lives. Watch a cooking demonstration using herbs and spices, learn about the spectacular spud or the voracious Venus' flytrap, create a soothing lavender eye pillow or calming aromatherapy lotion, or try yoga. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. http://www.usbg.gov. Free.

JUNETEENTH ART IN THE PARK This commemoration of the date in 1865 when word reached Texas that slavery had been abolished features a concert by cast members of the Washington National Opera's "Porgy and Bess," hip-hop artists from the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest and students from the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Sponsored by the Ward 7 Arts Collaborative of DC and the Washington National Opera. Noon-4 p.m. Fort Dupont Park, Minnesota Avenue and Randle Circle SE. 240-413-1130. http://www.liberatedmuse.com. Free.

EBBITT BLOCK PARTY Old Ebbitt Grill hosts a cookout with three music stages featuring rock, blues, funk and folk acts: William Walter and Tucker Rogers, the Justin Trawick Group, the Homestead Act, Emilie and Sol Trio, Christylez Bacon and Jackie Greene. You'll get a raffle ticket if you bring a canned good, can opener or commercially packaged nuts or raisins for the D.C. Central Kitchen food drive. Age 21 and older only. 4-11 p.m. 1400 block of G Street NW. 202-347-4800. http://www.ebbittblockparty.com. $35, food tickets $3 (menu items cost one to three tickets), alcoholic drink tickets $5.


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