24 Things To Do in July

From fireworks and pirates to roots rock, July is packed with memorable events.

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Red Metal

Where: One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington

When: July 19, 7 p.m.

Best-selling author Mark Greaney (of the latter-day Jack Ryan novels) stops by One More Page to read passages from his new book, which imagines World War III. Red Metal was co-written with an active-duty Marine, Lt. Col. Hunter Ripley Rawlings IV. Free.

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The Bacon Brothers

Where: The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

When: July 19-21, 7:30 p.m.

He can obviously dance. But perhaps Kevin Bacon could also have borrowed the mic from Kenny Loggins in the Footloose soundtrack—the man can sing. See Kevin and his brother, Michael, as the Bacon Brothers, returning to the Birchmere for a three-night run. $45.

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Cherrydale Volunteer Firehouse 100th Anniversary

Where: Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department, 3900 Lee Highway, Arlington

When: July 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

This fundraiser for the preservation of the historic Cherrydale Volunteer Firehouse starts with a parade and continues with an all-day party. Expect swing dancing, firefighter demonstrations, historic displays, “basket bingo” and a silent auction. Free admission; donations welcome.


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Christie Dashiell Quartet: Earth, Wind and Fire

Where: Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington

When: July 24 and 28

While Earth, Wind and Fire’s July show at Wolf Trap is sold out, you can still hear some of their ever-grooving hits with this show at Signature. Local jazz artist Christie Dashiell, whose debut album Time All Mine made the Billboard jazz charts, puts her spin on the legendary group’s music. $38.


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Bluewreck and Milo in the Doldrums

Where: Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna

When: July 25, 7:30 p.m.

Catch Northern Virginia-based contemporary grunge group Milo in the Doldrums in a lineup with D.C. garage-rock outfit Bluewreck and folk-rock D.C. opening act Throwing Plates. $10-$20.

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