6 Things to Do This Week
Celebrate Juneteenth, catch live music on the Pike, raise a glass to Dad and watch a Brood X remake of Kafka's The Trial.
When: Now on Synetic Streaming
Has Brood X seeped into your psyche by now? A 30-year-old man is going about his workday, when he is arrested without warning and detained for an unspecified crime. Follow the struggles of “K” and his encounters with the invisible law in this modern take on Franz Kafka’s horrifying masterpiece. The cicadas (and plenty of other bugs) hold court in this chilling tale. Recommended for viewers 17 and older. Watch the trailer here.
When: June 18-20
Where: Fillmore Garden Shopping Center (2705 Columbia Pike) & online
The beloved blues fest is returning to The Pike with shows to suit every Covid-19 comfort level. Music lovers can enjoy three days of live-streamed gigs (nightly at 7:30 p.m.) from the Manoukian Brothers Oriental Rug Shop, a downloadable playlist, and a full lineup of in-person performances (tickets $5 per show) on Saturday, June 19, at the Fillmore Shopping Center. Featured live artists include Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage #18, Cheick Hamala Diabate and Carly Harvey. Watch for special food and drink specials from area restaurants, too. Proceeds support the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization and its small business assistance initiatives.
When: June 17-19
Where: Old Town Alexandria
The City of Alexandria is hosting a number of programs and events in celebration Juneteenth, the oldest national holiday commemorating the end of slavery. The lineup includes a Day of Jubilee secret garden concert featuring classical music and texts by Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King Jr.; a self-guided tour of the new waterfront African American Heritage Trail ; a Juneteenth celebration with Carlyle House and The Athenaeum featuring live music, activities, art, history and poetry readings, and more.
When: June 19, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: The Toy Nest
Now celebrating its first year in business (after opening during a pandemic, no less), the Toy Nest toy library and play space is marking the occasion with a weeklong “golden egg hunt” and an all-day birthday party with photos, treats from Northside Social, discounts from South Block and raffle prizes from Lil’ City Creamery, Village Sweet and Lemon Lane Consignment.
When: Through June 20
Where: Cherry Hill Park
Based on a true story about the legendary country singer’s unlikely friendship with Louise Seger, a fan from Houston, this musical play by Creative Cauldron promises down-home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation. The last performance under the stars wraps up this weekend with Katy Benko in the role of Patsy Cline, and hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Walking After Midnight.” Tickets $35.
When: June 19-20 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon
Still figuring out Father’s Day plans? Picture yourself partaking of some of Virginia’s finest craft beers (you’ll have 32 to choose from) while enjoying live music and sweeping Potomac River views from the estate home of our first president. The Mount Vernon Inn Food Truck will be serving food on-site, and the festival includes demonstrations on how 18th-century beer and ice cream were made. Tickets $40 for members, $48 for the general public.