Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, ‘After 1001 Nights’
Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery exhibit “The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now,” the new dance piece “After 1001 Nights” will explore how soldiers cope with trauma and are transformed through their experiences in battle. Ten dancers will perform the piece, which is set to John Zorn’s “Leonard: Book of Angels Volume 30.”
National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW; Sat., 2 & 4 p.m., free.
Alexandria Birthday Celebration
Yes, yes, we just HAD a big birthday celebration, but Alexandria refuses to be overshadowed by younger sibling the United States. The country turned 241 on Tuesday; Alexandria turns 268 this month. For the city’s birthday bash, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra provides background music; you supply a blanket or chairs and a picnic (patriotic-themed birthday cake will be available to all).
Then settle in for waterfront fireworks that will make the Fourth of July seem so four days ago.
Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria; Sat., 5-10 p.m., free.
Live From the Lawn: Karen Jonas and Lauren Calve
Strathmore’s outdoor summer concert series at the Gudelsky Gazebo returns Wednesday and continues with (near) weekly performances through September. Several genres are represented, including Americana acts Karen Jonas and Lauren Calve on opening night and bluegrass outfit Look Homeward on July 19. Femina (Aug. 2) is a female trio from Patagonia that finds harmony in reggae, Latin music and hip-hop. The following week, New York-based Matuto mixes jazz, blues, bluegrass and Brazilian sounds.
Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md.; Wednesdays from July 12 through Aug. 30 & Sept. 9, 7 p.m., free.
Cinema de la revolution: America Films 18th-Century France: ‘Marie Antoinette’
Pouf your hair, strap that corset and drape yourself with lavish stones, because the National Gallery of Art is screening six American-made films that celebrate the beautiful and luxurious culture of 18th-century France. The series, which runs through Aug. 12, kicks off July 14 at 2 p.m. with “Marie Antoinette,” Sofia Coppola’s delightfully clever take on France’s last queen that’ll leave you just drooling over the magnificent royal costumes and sweeping visuals of the palace. As the French would say: Oui, oui.
National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW; July 14-Aug. 12, various times, free.
5-8-77 Cornell Revisited: A Grateful Dead Dance Party
Because Deadheads’ desire to hear their favorite band’s music never stops, Gypsy Sally’s will host its first Grateful Dead dance party, where the venue will play the band’s most famously bootlegged concert: a May 8, 1977, performance at Cornell University. Recently remastered and released as a live album, the show includes a particularly blistering (and lengthy) pairing of “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire on the Mountain.” Unlike most events in the venue’s main room, no cover or (cover) band is necessary.
Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW; July 15, 8:30 p.m., free with Facebook RSVP.
July 22 & 23
Montgomery County Farm Tour
Once a year, the farms that dot Montgomery County throw open their barn doors and let the public explore. Visiting the 17 farms is free, and many offer free activities including face painting, fruit samples and hayrides. Some bonuses, like wine and beer tastings or veggie picking, will cost you a bit. Think of it as a bar crawl, with much less alcohol and many more goats.
Various locations; July 22 & 23, various times, free, go to montgomerycountymd.gov for a list of participating farms.
Living Earth Festival
This year, the National Museum of the American Indian is throwing a party for chocolate. Or rather, it’s making the cacao plant the focus of its eighth annual Living Earth Festival, celebrating Native American food traditions. The centerpiece of the festival is the Chocolate Chat at 2 p.m. July 14, led by chefs who will discuss the long history of chocolate in Native American cooking and culture. A wine tasting will follow. The rest of the weekend is filled with art demonstrations, dance performances and cooking presentations.
National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Ave. SW; July 14-16, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., free.