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July 2017 eMagazine

July 13th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Misc

Reduce Your Summer Utility Bills

July 10th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle
Unplug Devices

Be sure to not only turn off, but unplug your computer, television, and other devices that can drain power even when they’re not on. If that’s a hassle, consider buying Smart Strip, which automatically cuts power when devices don’t need it.

Use Fans

Overhead fans get air circulating, which means you might be able to delay turning on the air conditioning – especially if you can also leave windows open on cool summer evenings.

Close Doors and Vents

If you plan to spend your evening in the family room, there’s no reason to waste energy cooling the basement or guest room as well. Shut doors and shut vents to close off areas of the house you’re not using.

Add Insulation

Home often leak cool air during the summer (and warm air in the winter) because of spaces in between walls. Fill these gaps with insulation; Squirting spray form into drilled holes in the wall might do the trick.

Turn Off Lights

In addition to remembering to flick off switches when you’re not using rooms, consider starting a summer tradition of candlelit dinners or dimly-lit game nights. During the day, try relying on natural light alone.

Get Your AC Inspected

Inspectors can make sure your system is leak-free and operating as efficiently as possible. Don’t forget to clean air filters; some units require monthly cleanings.

Turn It Off

If you spend most of your day outside of the house, set your thermostat to automatically shit off the AC when you’re away. To keep the sun from heating your rooms, close the blinds when you’re not home.

Hang Laundry Outside

Take advantage of the late sunset and warm evenings to bypass your dryer and let you clothes air-dry. Dryers are ften the biggest energy sap in homes, after refrigerators.

Use the Shade

If your home is in the shade, it will take less energy to cool down. If trees aren’t already doing the job, consider planting some as part of a long-term strategy for energy reduction.

Ban Oven Use

Using your oven o roast vegetables or heat up dinner makes your AC work overtime. Try to make more salads and other cold food in the summer, or use the toaster oven for small portions.

Specialty Drug Benefits Overview

July 6th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Insurance Discount Strategies

Specialty drugs (or specialty pharmaceuticals) are the most expensive prescriptions you can buy—around $1,000 or more per month. Unfortunately, they are also the only option for many people who have complex, and otherwise untreatable, conditions.

What are Specialty Drugs?

Specialty drugs are expensive prescription medications that are used to treat chronic, complex conditions. Individuals suffering through cancer, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis might be prescribed a specialty drug.

Special handling—like refrigeration and supervised injections—is often required for these medications, contributing to the high costs. Patients who need a specialty drug are usually monitored before and after it is administered to check for side effects and treatment progress.

Are Specialty Drugs Covered?

Whether a specialty drug is covered depends on your benefits plan. A

specialty drug could be covered under medical or prescription drug insurance. How the drug is administered often determines which benefit covers the medication. For instance, self-injections at home might place it under prescription drug insurance, whereas supervised injections in a clinic might place it under medical insurance.

What Do I Pay?

Specialty drug costs are steadily rising and projected to reach around $400 billion by 2020, according to UnitedHealth Group. In 2016, the United States spent about $121 billion on specialty drugs. Similarly, specialty drug spending is predicted to surpass traditional pharmacy spending by 2018, according to the National Business Group on Health (NBGH).

Specialty drug costs are steadily rising and projected to reach around $400 billion by 2020.

Due to the high costs of these prescriptions, many benefit plans include a separate tier for specialty drugs. The tier specifies how much an individual must pay for the specialty medication. For instance, the specialty drug tier would differ from what you pay for normal prescriptions. Your plan will determine if you pay a flat copay or a percentage of the specialty drug costs.

Where Can I Find Help?

Your doctor is the first person you should speak with regarding lower specialty drug costs. It is possible there are more affordable alternatives to your prescription or there is an option that would treat multiple conditions.

If you have any questions about your specialty prescriptions being covered under your benefits plan, please speak with HR to review your options.

Know Your Numbers

July 6th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Personal Tips, Trips & Traps


Heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes and many other chronic conditions have the potential to be prevented by simply being familiar with your body and taking actions to stay healthy. You can do this by visiting your doctor annually, as well as getting cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure levels tested regularly. Learn about what actions you can take to ensure you live a healthy life.

Knowing your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index (BMI) are vital in determining whether you are at risk for developing major illnesses such as heart disease or diabetes. If you know your numbers are out of the healthy range, you can take measures to get yourself back into good health.

Total Cholesterol = 200 or Less

There are two kinds of cholesterol: LDL (“bad”) and HDL (“good”). Your HDL level should be above 60 and your LDL should be below 130. Start having your cholesterol checked every five years beginning at age 20; if you have an elevated level at any point, you should get it checked more often thereafter. Children over age 2 should be checked regularly if there is a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol earlier than age 55.

Blood Pressure = Less than 120 over 80

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition in which resting blood pressure is consistently measured at 140 over 90 or greater. The higher number—systolic pressure—indicates when the heart beats, and the lower number—diastolic pressure—is when the heart is at rest. There are no symptoms of high blood pressure; it can only be detected by having your blood pressure checked regularly. If left untreated, high blood pressure can cause heart failure, aneurysms, kidney failure and/or stroke. Get your blood pressure checked at least once every year.

Blood Sugar = Below 100 (using FPG test)

Glucose is sugar that is stored in the blood as your main source of energy. If your glucose levels are consistently too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia), you can develop diabetes. Symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, extreme hunger and thirst, unusual weight loss, increased fatigue and blurry vision. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and possibly amputation of the arms or legs. Get your blood sugar tested every 3 years, unless you have pre-diabetes, in which case you should get it checked every year.

Body Mass Index (BMI) = Between 18.5 and 24.9

BMI is regarded as the most useful tool to determine and classify obesity. It measures body fat according to height and weight and correlates with a person’s risk of disease and death. A BMI of over 25 indicates that you are overweight; if it is over 30, you are classified as obese. If you have a BMI of 18.5 or below you are considered underweight, which is also a serious health problem. Underweight people are at a higher risk for osteoporosis, fertility problems and overall illness due to a weakened immune system. It may be a shock to you to learn what category you fall into, but knowledge is the first step in taking care of yourself. To calculate your BMI, use the calculator at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm.

Not pleased with your numbers?  Here’s how to ease into a healthier lifestyle:

  • Be realistic about your goals—if you try to reduce calories, fats and sugar while increasing exercise all at the same time, you may be setting yourself up for failure. Set smaller goals and add new ones as you are successful.
  • Read the labels on the products you buy. You may be surprised to discover the actual amount of calories, fat and sugars contained in many foods you eat regularly.
     
  • Choose low-sodium alternatives of foods such as soup, nuts and crackers.
     
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables each day.
     
  • Use unsaturated vegetable oils, and opt for “baked” or “steamed” versions of your favorite foods instead of fried.
     
  • Include more fiber in your diet. High-fiber foods help you feel fuller for longer periods of time. Try whole grain cereals, legumes, fruits and vegetables.
     
  • Only drink alcohol in moderation, or abstain completely.
     
  • Quit smoking.
     
  • Prepare meals and snacks at home. You will eat healthier and save money, too.
     
  • Physical activity is a must. You should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity at a minimum of 5 days a week. This doesn’t just have to be at the gym; consider more creative options, such as taking the dog for a walk, gardening, shoveling snow or going dancing!

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July 6th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Personal Tips, Trips & Traps

Do You Know Seizure First Aid?

July 6th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Live Well, Work Well

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 10 people may have a seizure in their lifetime. A seizure is a change in the brain’s electrical activity that can cause a variety of symptoms, including violent shaking, falling and losing bodily control. However, because there are different types of seizures, symptoms can vary.

Knowing proper seizure first aid is important so that you can help keep a person who is having a seizure safe and prevent further injury. General seizure first aid includes the following:

  • Clear the area immediately to prevent possible injury.
  • If the person is standing, gently guide them to the floor. Roll them on their side and cushion their head.
  • Time the seizure. If the person has epilepsy and the seizure lasts longer than three minutes, call 911.
  • Call 911 if any of the following apply:
    • The person is pregnant.
    • The person has never had a seizure before.
    • The person does not regain consciousness after the seizure.
    • The seizure lasts longer than five minutes.
  • Do not attempt to hold the person down or put anything in their mouth while they are seizing. Doing so could cause injury.

For other seizure first-aid tips, please visit the CDC’s webpage.

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CPR Steps: Learn How to Save a Life

July 6th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Family Health & Safety

July 2017 Festivals and Events

July 6th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community
Band Performing at the Capital Fringe Festival at the Logan Fringe Art Space - Summer Festivals in Washington, DC

Capital Fringe Festival – July 6-30
During the edgy Capital Fringe Festival, you can catch out-there performances from local creatives, including improv dramas, punk rock shows and colorful dance shows. Events take place at libraries, museums, galleries and the Logan Fringe Arts Space. Get your tickets and stay updated via the festival’s website.

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A Night at the Circus – Smithsonian at 8 Event - 50th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival Washington, DC

A Night at the Circus – July 7
The 50th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s focus on the circus arts inspired this Friday night event at the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building. You will be treated to circus performers, hands-on activities, cocktails, a GIF photo booth and music from DJ Alkimist. Smithsonian at 8 events are always a hit, so get your tickets ASAP! You must be over the age of 21 to attend.
9 p.m. – 12 a.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Smithsonian Sleepovers at the Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center - Family-Friendly Summer Events in Washington, DC

Smithsonian Sleepovers – July 7, 15, 21, 29
Three Smithsonian museums will provide kids with an unforgettable adventure this July. The National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and the National Museum of Natural History host Smithsonian Sleepovers. Spots will be in high demand, as kids can solve a historical mystery at the American History Museum, explore the entire world of flight at the Udvar-Hazy Center or have an interactive adventure at the Museum of Natural History. Ages 8-12 are permitted, and there must be at least one adult present for every three children in any group that registers. No siblings younger than 8 are allowed, and no adults are allowed without children.
American History Museum – Details & Tickets
Udvar-Hazy Center – Details & Tickets
Natural History Museum – Details & Tickets

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Lotus and Water Lily Festival at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens - Summer Events in Washington, DC

Lotus and Water Lily Festival – July 15
The Lotus and Water Lily Festival is an annual free, family-oriented celebration that honors the blooming of lotus and water lilies at the gorgeous Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. To go along with the picturesque plants, you and yours can also participate in gardening workshops, take in Asian and African dancing performances and enjoy hands-on activities like face painting and lotus tea tasting.
Free |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, 1900 Anacostia Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020

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Brew at the Zoo - Events at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC

Brew at the Zoo – July 20
Sampling beers from more than 70 craft breweries while also contributing to animal conservation sounds too good to be true, but that’s not the case in DC. The Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) hosts Brew at the Zoo, held at the Smithsonian National Zooeach year. Besides the suds, attendees can enjoy live music, lawn games, animal demonstrations and tasty eats from participating food trucks. Guests must be 21 or over to attend.
6 – 9 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

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@anapedroso - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Foggy Bottom - Theater in Washington, DC

District of Comedy Festival – July 20-22
The Kennedy Center has a whole lot of laughs in store for you with its District of Comedy Festival. Across three days, enjoy a bevy of comedic performances, including a showcase from Underground Comedy, a concert from Jane Krakowski, Titus Burgess and the National Symphony Orchestra, an interview show run by Michal Ian Black, an entirely improvised Shakespearean masterpiece and performances by Puddles Pity Party, Louie Anderson, Wyatt Cenac and more.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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International Champions Cup: Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona – July 26 – Summer Events in Washington, DC

International Champions Cup: Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona – July 26
Two of the world’s most successful soccer clubs take to the pitch at FedExField for the International Champions Cup. Premier players will participate in this friendly match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona that should draw thousands upon thousands to the home of the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
FedExField, 1600 FedEx Way, Hyattsville, MD 20785

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@newseum - Newseum Nights - Washington, DC

Newseum Nights: Rock On – July 27
Step into the glorious 1980s when you step into the Newseum on the night of July 27. Rock On will feature all kinds of ‘80s charms, including a performance from cover band The Reflex, glam makeovers, caricature drawings, board games, guitar-shredding from Fret Zeppelin and insider access to the Louder Than Words exhibit. You can also take advantage of giveaways from &pizza and Jaleo by José Andrés and “Americana” bites from Wolfgang Puck. Make sure to come decked out in your favorite rock ‘n roll or 1980s-themed outfit! Tickets go quickly to Newseum Nights events.
7:30 – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Citi Open - Sporting Events in Washington, DC

Citi Open – July 29 – Aug. 6
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center plays host to this DC summer sporting tradition, now in its 48th year. International tennis stars will battle in front of thousands of fans during the week-long tournament. As always, the lineup features talent from all over the world, including Juan Martin del Potro, Gael Monfils and John Isner in the men’s field and Eugenie Bouchard and Monica Puig in the women’s field. Make sure to check the tournament’s website for event, ticket and lineup updates. You can also take advantage of ticket discounts for certain sessions.
Tickets
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, 4850 Colorado Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20011

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Georgetown Sunset Cinema - Summer Outdoor Movie Series in Washington, DC

Outdoor Films
Numerous DC neighborhoods host film screenings that are perfect for spending a night under the summer sky, including Adams MorganCapitol RiverfrontChinatownColumbia Heights and Georgetown. Venues get in on the fun, too, including Hillwood MuseumDumbarton House and Union Market. If you want to venture into Maryland or Virginia, there are plenty of options there as well. Head over to DCOutdoorFilms for a full list of screenings.

Museum Exhibits

National Building Museum - Museums in Washington, DC

‘Wright on the Walls’ – Through Sept. 4
In honor of the 150th birthday of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the National Building Museum hosts this installation that honors the man’s incredible work. The exhibit has turned a gallery of the museum into an interactive coloring book, with interpretations of Wright’s work on walls waiting for you to imbue your own colors and shades (coloring supplies are provided). The spaces depicted include residences, commercial areas and houses of worship, providing quite the scope of Wright’s creativity.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Lalla Essaydi, Bullets Revisited #20, 2014; Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum, 30 x 40 in.; Cou

‘Revival’ – Through Sept. 10
The National Museum of Women in the Arts presents this exhibition that features stunning work from contemporary female photographers and sculptors. The pieces inside use human and animal bodies to create a wide range of expressions, translated through video projections, photos and hanging sculptures. Your memories and emotions will be triggered by these powerful depictions.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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@dcwithkid - Ai Weiwei 'Trace' Exhibit at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum - Free Museums in Washington, DC

‘Ai Weiwei: Trace’ – Through Jan. 1, 2018
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei brings a new, groundbreaking piece to the Hirshhorn MuseumTrace is a stunning installation that showcases activists from around the world through 176 portraits, each comprised of thousands of plastic LEGO bricks. The installation is influenced by Ai Weiwei’s own experiences with interrogation and incarceration (he was prohibited from traveling abroad by the Chinese government from 2011-15), as the individuals represented have also been detained, exiled or sought political refuge. The exhibit will also feature a 360-degree wallpaper installation, adding up to nearly 700 feet of Ai Weiwei’s art residing in the Hirshhorn’s third floor Outer Ring galleries.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, DC

‘Parallax Gap’ – July 1 – Feb. 11, 2018
The Renwick Gallery turns its Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon into a stunning visual puzzle with this new exhibit. The immersive installation features renditions of ceilings inside nine famous American buildings that are laid atop or near each other, creating fascinating layers of both recognizable and mutated spaces that change as observers move underneath. Eastern and Western ideas of perspective are evident in this large-scale display that only the Renwick Gallery could host. The exhibit runs through Feb. 11, 2018.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

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Jim Chuchu’s ‘Invocations’ – Ongoing
On display at a public institution for the first time, Jim Chuchu’s suite of video projections are a wonder to behold, magnificently and colorfully translating the artist’s experience of coming out as gay and his own struggle with self-acceptance. The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art features the mesmerizing projections along with pulsing house music, which serves as the perfect accompaniment to Chuchu’s powerful work. The exhibit is ongoing.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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‘Sounding American Music’ - Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History - Washington, DC

‘Sounding American Music’ – Ongoing
The evolution of American music across numerous genres makes up this exhibit at the National Museum of American History. Visitors can observe key musical artifacts from some of the country’s most influential musicians, including guitars from Steve Cropper and Jesse Fuller and a keytar belonging to Herbie Hancock. You will be wowed by all the different forms that American music has taken throughout the decades. The exhibit is ongoing.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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‘HIVE’ – July 6 – Sept. 4
The highly anticipated Summer Block Party installation at the National Building Museum is set to arrive. HIVE will incorporate more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, with some standing several inches high and others stretching 10 feet in the air. The tubes will be connected to create jaw-dropping domed chambers which can be experienced from the museum’s floor and balcony. Altogether, the installation will stand as high as 60 feet tall, creating a magnificent visual spectacle that will draw audiences through Labor Day.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Museum Exhibits in Washington, DC - Fanny Sanín, Study for Painting No.2 (1), 2011; Color pencil on paper, 20 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (framed)

‘Equilibrium: Fanny Sanín’ – July 14 – Oct. 29
The intense process undertaken by Colombian-born artist Fanny Sanín to construct one of her geometric paintings serves as the central focus of this exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Visitors will be able to observe some of Sanín’s earliest works as well as preliminary drawings that come together to form her final products. Step into the mind of an artist that lives on the cutting-edge and find out how shapes turn into art.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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National Gallery of Art East and West Buildings at night - Museums in Washington, DC

‘Matthias Mansen: Configurations’ – July 23 – Dec. 13
Contemporary Berlin-based artist Matthias Mansen and his incredible woodblock printing techniques are showcased at the free-to-enter National Gallery of Art. Mansen molds scavenged wood into printing blocks, which he then carves and recarves into fully-formed compositions. You will be entranced by Mansen’s ability to take what’s been discarded and transform it into a work of art.
Hours |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Theater

The Originalist - Theater at Arena Stage - Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘The Originalist’ – July 7-30
Edward Gero, a legend of DC’s theater scene, returns as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the acclaimed The Originalist, which will be staged at Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage. The story follows a Harvard Law School graduate as she takes on a clerkship under Scalia, equally maddened and invigorated by his ways. The relationship ends up affecting one of the most important cases to ever reach the Supreme Court, making for a riveting production that has been refreshed for 2017.
Tickets
Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! – July 9
Mystery Science Theater 3000, a cult-favorite television show featuring a man held captive by two mad scientists on a spaceship and his two robot companions as they are forced to watch the cheesiest movies of all-time (deep breath), is taking its hilarity on the road for the first time ever after a recent revival of the program on Netflix. Creator Joel Hodgson and host Jonah Heston will be present, as will special guest stars Patton Oswalt, Felicia Day and many others during this sci-fi extravaganza. The performance consists of two separate live shows, so make sure to grab tickets to BOTH.
5 p.m. |  Tickets
The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Cabaret at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theater in Washington, DC

‘Cabaret’ – July 11 – Aug. 6
The Roundabout Theatre Company celebrates its 50th anniversary with a production of Cabaret, specifically the 1998 version originally helmed by Sam Mendes (SkyfallAmerican Beauty). A 1972 film adaptation won 8 Oscars, so Cabaret has been dazzling audiences for roughly as long as the Roundabout Theatre Company has. Head to the Kennedy Center and enter the Kit Kat Club, the center of Berlin nightlife as World War II approaches. You will be met by Sally Bowles, a character for all-time, as well as a rowdy ensemble. Enjoy legendary songs in this play that emphasizes the power of love, even in turbulent times.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Wig Out at Studio Theatre - Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘Wig Out’ – July 12 – Aug. 6
Get lost in African American drag ball culture in this energetic play at Studio Theatre. Eric falls for Wilson on the subway only to find out that Wilson is also Nina, a drag star at The House of Light. A rival house calls a ball for midnight, drawing Eric into the foray and showcasing a fascinating scene influenced by an array of cultures.
Tickets
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

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‘An Octoroon’ – Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Theater in Washington, DC

‘An Octoroon’ – July 18 – Aug. 6
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is well-known for its bold approach to theater, and An Octoroon will continue that tradition during its second run at Woolly Mammoth starting July 18. The acclaimed play is set in 1859 and follows several elements of a plantation in disarray. Penned by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, An Octoroon has been praised by The New York Times and promises to be an unforgettable night at the theatre this month.
Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I' at the Kennedy Center - Theater in Washington, DCMatthew Murphy

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I’ – July 18 – Aug. 20
Winner of four Tony Awards in 2015, including Best Revival of a Musical, the Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The King and I touches down at the illustrious Kennedy Center this July. The glorious words and music of Rodgers and Hammerstein soundtrack the story of an unconventional relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British teacher. The entire family can enjoy this classic play through Aug. 20.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Tim and Eric - Comedy at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC

Tim and Eric – July 19
Conquerors of cringe comedy via their hit program, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! that aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, Tim and Eric also know how to weird you out while on-stage. Don’t worry – laughs are in order, as well. Their zany characters and absurd storylines mimic and mock public access television and commercials, among many other topics. The duo work in a realm all their own, and you can step inside (if you dare) on July 19.
6 p.m. |  Tickets
The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington, DC

Louie Anderson – July 22
One of stand-up comedy’s all-time greats, Louie Anderson, joins in the District of Comedy Festival at the Kennedy Center on July 22. Most recently, Anderson received the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy award at the 2016 Emmys for his role in FX’s Baskets, and many recall his hilarious animated series from the 1990s, Life with Louie. His comedy career spans more than 30 years, with an onstage act that never fails to disappoint, so don’t miss out on this performance at one of DC’s greatest venues.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Music

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – July 1
One of indie pop’s most recognizable groups, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are set to release their fourth album, The Echo of Pleasure, on July 14. Roughly two weeks before, the band will bring their live show and evolved sound to Rock & Roll Hotel on H Street NE. The Pains have grown from sweet pop melodies fit for college dorm rooms (see “Young Adult Friction”) to stadium-ready anthems (see “Anymore”), so expect singalongs and plenty of good vibes.
8 p.m.  |  Tickets
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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9:30 Club - Music Venues in Washington, DC

Mitski – July 8
Mitski is emerging as a titan of indie rock, constructing albums that veer in a multitude of directions while simultaneously sounding like they could come from only one artist. Her most recent release, Puberty 2, received rave reviews, signifying the development of a truly remarkable musical voice. Mitski’s 9:30 Club show has sold out, so check the secondary market for tickets.
7 p.m.
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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9:30 Club - Music Venues in Washington, DC

Violent Femmes – July 9
Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Violent Femmes essentially confirmed their legendary status right out of the gate. Their self-titled debut album is as vibrant today as it was upon its release in 1983, with songs like “Blister in the Sun,” “Kiss Off” and “Add It Up” achieving classic status long ago. The group’s folk-punk hybrid has influenced countless artists, and since reuniting in 2013, the Femmes have continued to rock music venues across the country. Don’t miss them at 9:30 Club this month.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Woods – July 13
Woods have been a staple of indie rock for roughly a decade, combining psychedelic sounds with homespun folk to create album after album of strong material. Their 2016 effort, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, saw the group expand into new territory, including funk, dub and jazz fusion. Now, just a year later, they’ve released Love Is Love, an uplifting record that incorporates a horn section and is filled to the brim with messages of love. Catch their spellbinding live show at the Rock & Roll Hotel.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Royal Headache – Concert at the Black Cat in Washington, DC

Royal Headache – July 14
Based in Sydney, Australia, Royal Headache create a rollicking sound that could be heard across multiple oceans. Led by the raspy and soulful voice of singer Shogun, the group has released two critically acclaimed albums that have riveted American audiences. Royal Headache is also known for their exuberant live shows, so prepare for quite the rock spectacle on a Friday night at The Black Cat.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Merriweather 50th Anniversary Concert – July 15
Merriweather Post Pavilion celebrates its 50th anniversary with an outstanding concert stacked with stars. The headliners are the legendary Jackson Browne (returning to where he recorded his biggest hit, “Running On Empty,” in 1977) and Willie Nelson & Family. They will be joined by contemporary standouts Father John Misty (who hails from Rockville, MD) and Grace Potter. Don’t miss out on this epic party that is sure to be a summer highlight.
6 p.m. |  Tickets
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxtent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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Gorillaz with Vince Staples and Danny Brown at Merriweather Post Pavilion - Summer Concerts Near Washington, DC

Gorillaz – July 17
Every few years, the world’s favorite animated band (directed, in reality, by Blur mastermind Damon Albarn) emerges with a new album that makes feet move, heads bop and brains contemplate. Gorillaz dropped Humanz this past April, and special guest stars from the album, such as Vince Staples and Danny Brown, will be joining them at this epic showcase at the beautiful Merriweather Post Pavilion. You can look forward to an elaborate stage show and a litany of classics, as the Gorillaz catalogue is loaded with them.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxtent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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Kendrick Lamar at the Verizon Center - Summer Concerts in Washington, DC

Kendrick Lamar – July 21
Tickets to DC’s biggest hip-hop show of the year are already sold out, but be sure to check the secondary market for options. Wait…you have to ask which show it is? Kendrick Lamar is currently the king of hip-hop, a wordsmith whose last three albumsrepresent the pinnacle of not just rap music, but popular music as a whole, in the 2010s. Verizon Center will serve as the venue for the summer’s must-see show.
7:30 p.m.
Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Cymbals Eat Guitars – July 27
This quartet from Staten Island, New York revels in the sounds of 1990s rock. Blending an affinity for shoegaze, punk and seminal ‘90s bands like Pavement and Weezer, Cymbals Eat Guitars create song spectacles that can take you into the stratosphere. With a discography that has been met with near universal acclaim, the group is sure to dazzle at The Black Cat.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Fleet Foxes & Animal Collective at Merriweather Post Pavilion - Summer Concerts Near Washington, DC

Fleet Foxes & Animal Collective – July 29
Two of the most quintessential bands of the 2010s will perform at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on the same night this July. Fleet Foxes became a household name with their self-titled debut in 2008 and have only built on their folksy sound since, releasing the prog-influenced Crack-Up this June. Animal Collective come from Maryland, a local success story because of their chameleon-like existence – each album is an entirely new experience, a jewel to be discovered. Don’t miss this tag team for the ages (Fleet Foxes are the official headliner).
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxtent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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Queen + Adam Lambert at the Verizon Center - Summer Concerts in Washington, DC

Queen with Adam Lambert – July 31
One of the all-time great rock groups returns with the incomparable Adam Lambert on vocal duties. After successful tours all over the world, this special combination is coming together again to rip through an all-time collection of songs including “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “Another One Bites the Dust” and many, many more.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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