The Jazz in the Garden season kicks off at the National Gallery of Art on Friday. (Lavanya Ramanathan/TWP)


High-wattage comedy

You can call Reggie Watts a singer, a comedian and a musician. But above all else, he’s a curiosity: Is that a wig? Is that a real English accent? Just go with it. You never know where Watts’s routine will go next, which is part of what makes his 9:30 Club set unmissable.


The end is nigh

Apocalypse is the theme of the next after-hours party at Art Museum of the Americas. The best way to celebrate the end of days? Live music, DJs, performance art and an open bar.


Not just Drake

The summer’s biggest hip-hop tour comes to Verizon Center as headliner Drake is joined by an impressive crew of supporting acts including J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill and 2 Chainz.

Jazz in the Garden kicks off

The summer’s most popular (free) date night and picnic scene returns for the season to the National Gallery of Art, and not a moment too soon.


Music, cocktails and bad high-school French

A long-weekend night at the French Embassy includes cocktails, DJs spinning French and English-language dance tunes, and a variety show with comedy, burlesque and live music.