Thursday, 8/22 – Chuck Brown Birthday Bash Celebration: Come celebrate the “Godfather of Go-go” in one legendary night this Thursday at the Howard Theater. The Chuck Brown Birthday Show has long been a tradition in Washington, DC with some of the most memorable and special performances and guest appearances ever seen at a Chuck Brown concert. The Chuck Brown All-Star Band continues that tradition and its mission to party and rock the house for all who loved Chuck Brown and the music he created and keeping the Legacy of Chuck Brown with us always. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $20. For more information, visit http://thehowardtheatre.com/show/2013/08/22/the-chuck-brown-birthday-bash-celebration-feat-the-chuck-brown-all-star-band/.
Jazz in the Garden: Spread out your picnic blanket at the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art and enjoy the free sounds of jazz guitarist Josh Bayer. If you've never been to Jazz in the Garden, it's a D.C. summer tradition that takes place every Friday night from 5:30 - 8:30 PM. Feel free to pack your own snacks and unwind (for free) after a long week at the office. The last concert of the series will take place on August 23rd.
Roll back the clock to a simpler time when Fresh Prince ruled the small screen, "The Rachel" queened the hair scene and Bill Clinton reigned supreme. The 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW) is hosting the No Scrubs '90s dance party. Get your nostalgic groove on to old favorites such as TLC, Coolio, Spice Girls and Nirvana. DJ's Will Eastman & Brian Billion will keep your flannel loving, platform wearing, girl powering bodies rocking all night long! Tickets are $15 and doors open at 9:00 PM.
Remember that lovely day in March when the genius team at BYT gave you the opportunity to eat all you can eat donuts from a dozen different bakeries and restaurants in the DC area, participate in a donut eating competition and enter your homemade donut into a judged competition? It's all happening again, except all mentions of the word donut will be replaced with the word cookies (and ice cream). BYT Presents-COOKIES and (ICE) CREAM FEST will be held on August 24th from 12pm to 4pm and Penn Social will once again be a haven for all dessert lovers. Presale tickets are $13.00 and prices will increase to $15.00 at the door, though it's very unlikely that door tickets will be available, as the DC Donut Fest sold out. Buy your tickets to the COOKIES and (ICE) CREAM FEST here http://cookiesandcream.eventbrite.com/
On August 24th, 2013, the DC Homebrewers (DCHB) will be hosting their 2nd Annual BBQ, sponsored by Sam Adams, at Kastles Stadium along the southwest waterfront in Washington, DC. The annual BBQ serves as a chance for the all-volunteer club to showcase and educate their members and the public on alternative brewing styles, sensory panels, and current industry standards to help new and advanced homebrewers take their brewing to the next level. This year, all proceeds from the BBQ will benefit the Common Good City Farm, an urban farm and education center located on a half-acre lot in LeDroit Park. Their mission is to grow food, educate, and help low-income DC community members meet their food needs and provide educational opportunities for all. For more information, visit http://commongoodcityfarm.org/. Ticket price includes admission, a plate of BBQ (vegetarian option will be available), two sides, a hand-crafted soda, Sam Adams beer and an additional beer ticket for one of several craft beers that will be on tap during the event. Additional beer tickets will be available for $5. Buy tickets in advance at http://dchbbbq2013-estw.eventbrite.com/.
Having trouble cooking for one person? Joe Yonan, Washington Post Food and Travel editor, just published his second cookbook, Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook, which makes vegetarian cooking seem much more accessible for cooking small portioned, but flavorful foods. Yonan will be at the 14th and U St. Farmers Market (http://marketsandmore.info) Saturday August 24th from 11-12:30pmfor a demo of his creamy green gazpacho. He will also be signing copies of his new book! In case you can't make it on Saturday, he will also be at the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market on Sunday August 25th 11-12:30pm and at Politics and Prose Wednesday August 28th at 7pm(5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919).
Bourbon Steak’s Annual Summer Block Party is back! On August 25th from 12-3 pm enjoy an “Old Fashioned Throwdown” as 6 area bartenders compete to make the best Old Fashion using Knob Creek. For a $70 ticket, guests will enjoy Chef John Critchley’s wood-grilled gunpowder bison, war shore oysters, housemade Bourbon Steak A5 hot dogs and samples of Old Fashions crafted by Alex Bookless of The Passenger, Jon Harris of Firefly, Frank Jones of The Gibson, Amy Russel of Jack Rose Dining Saloon, Chris Surrusco of Restuaurant Marvin and Jo-Jo Valenzuela of The Occidental. Purchase ypur tickets at https://showdownbourbonsteak.eventbrite.com/
Derek Brown and Todd Thrasher will be bartending together at the Shake It Off Party on Monday, August 26th 5-9pm at the Passenger. Be ready to drink delicious cocktails, and expect athletic gear and a little trash talk. To RSVP for the August 19th event please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
On August 27th there will be a conference held by the Center for the Study of Human and Civil Rights Laws to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The conference, officially titled "Marching Forward by Looking Back," will include featured speakers, panels, and group discussions of civil rights issues and the steps that our country has made, and should make, to overcome them. The conference strives to highlight the power of the legendary march, and provide people with a clearer understanding of how to continue the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. "Marching Forward by Looking Back" will begin at 8:45 AM on the 27th and will conclude at 5:30 PM on the same day. Some of the scheduled panels and discussions include "Be Still and Listen: Models for Economic and Political Freedom," "A Time to Listen: Youth Speak Out," and a "Civil Rights Writers Workshop." The conference costs $50.00 per person, with a 50% discount ($25.00) for students. The conference will be held at The Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill, at 535 New Jersey Ave, NW Washington, DC 20001. Read more about the anniversary events at http://50thanniversarymarchonwashington.com/events/.