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Home-Based Business Coverage

August 10th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Personal Tips, Trips & Traps

If you conduct business in your home, insuring your business properly is part of a solid risk management plan. We can help! CONTACT US TODAY: Tel: 240-644-6000

What Protection Does it Offer?

Common coverages for home-based businesses include personal business property, professional liability, business income, personal and advertising injury, loss of business data, crime and theft, workers’ compensation and auto coverage. Depending on the type of home-based business you have, not all coverages apply, and other coverage options may be available.

Coverage Options

Based on your business needs, you have three basic coverage options to choose from, depending on your level of risk:

  1. Homeowners Policy Endorsement. This provides the least amount of coverage and, therefore, is not ideal for most home-based businesses (depending on the level of risk). While it may provide enough coverage for a freelance writer with one computer and no business foot traffic, it’s not enough for someone who employs others, has clients visiting his or her home or has valuable business equipment and/or inventory.
  2. In-home Business Policy. More comprehensive than a homeowners policy endorsement, in-home business coverage is a stand-alone policy that provides higher amounts of coverage for business equipment and liability.
  3. Business Owners Policy, or BOP. A BOP bundles property and liability insurance into one policy. Created specifically for the small- to mid-size business, a BOP covers your business property and equipment, loss of income, extra expense and liability. It is the most comprehensive property and liability option. It does not include workers’ compensation, health or disability insurance, which are available as separate policies

What’s Your Risk?

While most homeowners insurance policies do cover a limited amount of business equipment—computers, copiers and printers, to name a few—it’s likely that what you own is worth more than your policy’s limits. Also, your homeowners liability insurance probably won’t cover any injuries that may occur to the employees or clients that you have on your premises. What’s a home-based businessperson to do?

We’re Here to Help

Properly insuring your home-based business is crucial to protecting both your business and your home. At Hodge, Hart & Schleifer, we understand the small business owner’s personal and business needs, and can help you tailor coverage that’s as unique as the products and services you provide. Contact us today at 240-644-6000 to learn more about how we can help you insure your livelihood.

Risks of Lowering Auto Coverage

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Dropping some of your coverage—like comprehensive or collision—to the lowest legal level can cut your premium, but it could also put you at serious risk.

Determining Which Coverage You Need

An automobile insurance policy is designed to provide you with a level of protection against property, liability and medical costs if you are involved in an accident.

  • Property coverage pays for damage to or theft of your car.
  • Liability coverage pays for your legal responsibility to others for bodily injury or property damage.
  • Medical coverage pays for the cost of treating injuries, rehabilitation and sometimes lost wages and funeral expenses.
  • Underinsured motorists coverage pays for property damage and bodily injury caused by another driver whose coverage is insufficient to cover damages suffered.

Selecting the correct liability limits is fundamental. 100/300/50 means you are covered for up to $100,000 in bodily injury coverage per person, $300,000 in bodily injury coverage per accident and $50,000 in property damage per accident.

Many states have minimum liability limits of 25/50/10, although some states are higher or lower than this. While it may lower your premium, reducing your liability limits to minimum legal levels and dropping underinsured motorists coverage could open you up to substantial risk.

Collison Insurance – Know the Value of Your Car

Your policy will not pay for repairs that exceed the value of your vehicle. For this reason, if you are driving a vehicle that isn’t worth more than a few thousand dollars, it may not make sense to purchase collision coverage. Hodge, Hart & Schleifer can help you determine whether or not collision insurance makes sense for you.

We’re Here to Help

Accidents happen to cautious drivers, too, and having adequate insurance can save you from serious financial burden should one happen to you.

We can help you determine which automobile insurance coverage is needed and what limits to buy. Contact Hodge, Hart & Schleifer at 240-644-6000 today to discuss your options.

Top Ways to Save on Your Auto Premium:

  • Consider raising your deductible.
  • Keep up your good driving record.
  • Drive less to qualify for a low-mileage discount.
  • Drive a car with safety features such as anti-lock brakes and airbags.
  • Install an anti-theft device.
  • Ask about our multi-policy discounts.

Hodge, Hart & Schleifer
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5 Malware Protection Tips

August 10th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Personal Tips, Trips & Traps

Malware is a general term that describes viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, rootkits, and other unwanted software or programs. Once a malware program has gained access to a device, it can disrupt normal computing operations, collect information and control system resources.

Malware programs are being produced at an alarming rate and are often transmitted via emails, instant messages and website pop-ups. To protect your personal files from being stolen or deleted, consider the following safety tips:

  1. Avoid opening or replying to emails or text messages from unknown sources.
  2. Download files from reputable sources whenever possible.
  3. Turn Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth off when you are not using them.
  4. Do not share your mobile phone number on public websites and social networks.
  5. Avoid jailbreaking (modifying a device to remove manufacturer-imposed restrictions) your smartphone.

It is also important to have trusted anti-virus and anti-spyware programs installed on your devices. These programs should be set to perform scans on a regular basis for unwanted and harmful programs. Often, it is best to perform scans overnight when your computer is not in use.

Beware of Ticks

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Prevent Heat Illness

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There were 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These preventable deaths illustrate how important preparation is during extreme temperatures. Whether you are swimming at the beach or lounging in the park, you should be prepared for extreme heat conditions.

Stay Prepared

The CDC provides three easy steps to prevent heat-related illnesses: stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed. This summer, make sure you have shade wherever you are going and have attire, like a sun hat or a thin, long-sleeved shirt, to avoid direct contact with the sun. Be sure to drink lots of water—more than you usually do. Your body quickly loses fluids in the summer more quickly, which can lead to illness. Finally, stay informed by monitoring the local weather forecast and prepare accordingly for outdoor activities.

Know the Signs

The two most dangerous heat-related illnesses, besides dehydration, are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion is exhibited through cold, clammy skin, heavy sweating and nausea. If you or someone shows these symptoms, move to a cooler location and sip water. If you or someone has a rapid pulse, hot and red skin, and loses consciousness, this could mean heat stroke, and you should call 911 immediately. In this latter scenario, do not give fluids to the person showing the symptoms. Do, however, move them to a cooler location and lower their temperature with cool cloths.

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Back to School Basics

August 10th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Family Health & Safety

After a summer of sleeping in and doing things on their time, the morning alarm and school bell can be a tough transition for students going back to school.

Whether they dread it or love it, the end of summer can be hectic for your whole family. This newsletter contains some tips to ease the transition.

Back-to-school Basics

First Day Mania

The first day of school tends to be hectic for kids of all ages, adjusting to a new classroom or schedule and trying to remember all the books and supplies they need. Or perhaps your child is transitioning to middle or high school, which is even more stressful for some children. Plus, just the transition from summertime freedom to structured schooldays can be a difficult one. Here are several tips for parents to ease first-day stress for their kids:

  • Walk younger students to their classroom and stay with them until they are settled and feel comfortable. Introduce them to their teacher, show them their desk, locker, etc. Leave once they feel at ease.
  • Arrange a visit beforehand if your child will be going to a new school. Explore all the areas of the school and get a map to help direct him or her on the first day.
  • Pack backpacks the night before so no one is scrambling at the last minute looking for books and supplies. Also, have lunch packed or lunch money ready in advance.
  • Make sure you complete any school forms that were mailed to your child over the summer, such as immunization records, permission slips and class schedules—and put in a safe folder for your child to turn in.
  • As your child gets older, appearance and what he or she wears on the first day of school becomes very important. To make the morning smoother, pick out clothes the night before. This will help keep everyone on time while getting ready and prevent last-minute rushing in the morning.

Backpack Safety

Backpacks are a popular and practical way for students to carry their books and supplies. When used correctly, the backpack’s weight is distributed to some of the body’s strongest muscles, and it can be an efficient way to carry the necessities of the school day. However, if backpacks are too heavy or worn incorrectly, they can cause back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems.

To choose the right backpack, look for the following:

  • Wide, padded shoulder straps. Narrow straps can dig into shoulders, causing pain and restricting circulation.
  • Two shoulder straps. Backpacks with only one cannot distribute weight evenly.
  • Padded back. This protects against sharp edges from objects inside the pack and increases comfort.
  • Waist strap. It can distribute the weight of a heavy load more evenly.
  • Lightweight. The backpack itself should not add much weight to the load.
  • Rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be good for students who must carry heavy loads. Just remember, rolling backpacks must be carried up or down stairs.

To prevent injuries when using a backpack, remind your children of the following guidelines:

  • Always use both shoulder straps.
  • Tighten the straps so that the pack is close to the body.
  • Pack as lightly as possible.
  • Organize the backpack so all of its compartments are being used.
  • Stop often at your locker and remove any unnecessary books or items.
  • Bend down using both knees while the pack is on.

Parents can also help in the following ways:

  • Encourage your child or teenager to tell you if he or she is in pain or discomfort because of a heavy load in the backpack.
  • Talk to the school about lightening the load and/or be sure the school allows for enough time for your child to stop at his or her locker throughout the day.

Researchers found that the average weight of a child’s school backpack was 18 pounds, or 14 percent of his or her body weight. Studies have found that children carrying backpacks exceeding 10 percent of their body weight are more likely to lean forward while walking—potentially increasing their risk of back pain. Talk with your children and make sure they are using their backpacks correctly!

Playground Safety

It’s that time of year again—summer is over and it’s time for kids to go back to school.

Each year, over 200,000 preschool and elementary children are injured on the playground, according to the National Program for Playground Safety. Following is a checklist you or your child’s school can use for quick reference, so before your child heads out the door for the playground, you can be sure that:

  • Supervision is present. Many playground injuries are related to inadequate supervision. Adult presence is needed to watch for potential hazards and help keep all the children safe.
  • All children play on age-appropriate equipment. Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 and children ages 5 to 12 are developmentally different. These two groups should play on separate, age-appropriate equipment.
  • Surfaces are cushioned. The National Program for Playground Safety found that nearly 70 percent of all playground injuries are related to falls to the group. Acceptable surfaces include hardwood fiber/mulch, pea gravel, sand and synthetic materials such as rubber mats or tiles. Concrete, asphalt, grass, blacktop and packed dirt or rocks are not recommended.
  • Equipment is safe. Check to make sure the equipment is anchored safely in the ground, not damaged or broken, S-hooks are entirely closed, bolts are not protruding, there are no exposed footings, etc.

Good Homework and Study Habits

After a long summer, your child may have trouble getting back into the swing of homework. Parents should help children establish healthy study habits as soon as school starts, rather than waiting until they notice problems or until their child’s work load becomes overwhelming. The following tips can help you promote good study habits in your children:

  • Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework, such as a permanent work space in the child’s room or in another part of the home that offers privacy.
  • Set a schedule for when homework will be done. Ideally, your child should have a chance to unwind after school or participate in after-school activities, so he or she feels rested before starting homework.
  • However, make sure after-school activities don’t consume the whole evening or get in the way of homework time.
  • Establish a household rule that the TV stays off during homework time.
  • Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child’s homework for him or her.
  • Find out what works best for your child. Some work better in several short sessions, while some are more productive completing work in one chunk.
  • Have your child take a 10-minute break every hour and do something else to alleviate eye, neck and brain fatigue.
  • Set up a tutor for your child if he or she is struggling in a particular subject and you aren’t able to help enough yourself. Be sure to discuss this option with your child’s teacher first.

Other Helpful Suggestions

The following suggestions include important information—such as health conditions and emergency contacts—that need to be shared with your child’s school but can sometimes slip through the cracks.

  • Give the school an up-to-date list of emergency contacts for before, during and after school hours.
  • Give the school nurse and/or principal a list of medications your child is currently taking. If it’s a medication the child needs to take during school, be sure it is in the original container and clearly marked (not in an envelope, for instance).
  • Report any health problems your child has to the school nurse and/or principal. Allergies are a good example of a health problem the school needs to know about in advance, since there are so many allergies now to food, plants, trees, bee stings or latex.
  • Inform the school nurse and/or principal of any physical restrictions your child may possess, such as asthma, and how this may affect his or her physical activity.

Resources Available

The following websites are helpful resources parents can use to make the transition of going back to school easy for everyone.

For many children and teens the beginning of every school year can be a little bumpy. Change is exciting, but it can be scary, too; however, with your guidance, understanding and patience, your child or teen should have an exciting, successful and rewarding school experience.

Life Insurance for Millennials

August 10th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Family Health & Safety

Promoting Life Insurance to Millennials

Many organizations invest substantial resources in putting together attractive benefits packages for employees. With its enticing promise of financial security for loved ones, life insurance has traditionally been a popular benefit option.

However, the generational shift taking place in the workforce has led to some younger workers questioning the need for life insurance. A recent survey conducted by the Life Insurance and Market Research Association (LIMRA) shows that only two-thirds of Generation Y, also called millennials, have any kind of life insurance.

 

According to a recent study, 1 in 4 millennials said they would prefer to purchase life insurance through their workplaces.

Some of the factors behind these statistics may be shifts in income and lifestyles. Large numbers of millennials are entering the workforce with a significant amount of student loan debt, and many are delaying traditional adult milestones like getting married, having children and purchasing a house.

Yet while these attitudes may seem to lessen the immediate need for life insurance for millennials, they are not entirely turning millennials away from the idea of life insurance.

The same survey found that millennials are more likely to report that they will buy life insurance in the next 12 months than other generations. Additionally, 1 in 4 Gen Y consumers said they would prefer to purchase life insurance through their workplaces.

Reasons to Buy Life Insurance

These numbers suggest that millennial workers are not adverse to life insurance, they just need to be sure of its value before signing up. With that in mind, here are some reasons that employers can use to encourage millennial employees to purchase life insurance.

It’s cheaper. In general, life insurance gets more expensive as a person ages. A 25-year-old person in good health can find a sizable six-figure term life policy for just a few hundred dollars a year. For a senior citizen, that same coverage can cost thousands more.

While there is no hard reference point for the start of Gen Y, the oldest millennials are now approaching their mid-30s, and the window may be closing on the time for them to get the best rates.

It protects employees’ dependents. Although some millennials are delaying getting married and having children, that doesn’t mean all of them are, nor does it mean they are delaying these events forever. Life insurance should be attractive for anyone with dependents regardless of his or her age. The reality is that few people have savings that their dependents could live off of should they die unexpectedly.

It protects families from employees’ debts. It’s no secret that today’s college graduates are burdened with record-breaking amounts of student loan debt. If something were to happen to employees that included their parents as financial cosigners, their parents would be responsible for the outstanding balances. Similarly, a newlywed spouse of an employee who has joint credit card debt or mortgage debt would be responsible for the entire sum should the employee die. Moreover, the average funeral costs between $6,000 and $10,000.

Buying enough life insurance can help take care of these financial issues. A relatively small life insurance policy can help employees assuage these concerns and keep them invested in your company for years to come.

August 2017 Festivals and Events

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Smithsonian Sleepover at the National Museum of Natural History – Aug. 18
The National Museum of Natural History hosts two Smithsonian Sleepovers this month. These ever-popular events allow kids to spend a night immersed in adventure inside a Smithsonian museum. This go-round, kids can solve puzzles and play games involving the Natural History Museum’s exhibits, as well as participate in craft projects and watch and IMAX film. 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.
7 p.m. – 9 a.m. |  Register
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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Jazz in the Garden – Aug. 18 & 25
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden, held in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden until Aug. 25. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. Check out the lineup and the food and drink offerings.
5 – 8:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Screening at Capitol Riverfront – Aug. 10
Families are invited to take in a flick at sundown at the gorgeous Canal Park in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. On Aug. 10, catch the smash hit from the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Guests are invited to arrive as early as 7 p.m. to set up a picnic and prepare to be dazzled. Admission is free! Looking for more free outdoor movie options in the District? Find out when and where to catch a flick outdoors this summer.
7 p.m. |  Free admission
Canal Park, 200 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Otakon - Asian pop culture festival in Washington, DC

Otakon – Aug. 11-13
Asian pop culture is the focus of this famous convention that takes fandom to a new level. Expect plenty of cosplay, video gaming, film screenings, workshops and celebrity appearances at this three-day celebration inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Register
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

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EdibleDC x Cut Seven Bootcamp + Testing - Summer Events in Washington, DC

EdibleDC x Cut Seven Bootcamp + Testing – Aug. 12
EdibleDC Magazine and Cut Seven will bring elite trainers to a special outdoor bootcamp at the gorgeous Canal Park. Exercise will be followed by a tasting of local health food and drinks from the Up Top Acres rooftop farm. Other post-workout partners include sweetgreen, TaKorean, Beefsteak Veggies and KIND snacks. Combine health and fun on a Saturday morning in one of DC’s most scenic settings.
9 – 11:30 a.m. |  Tickets
Canal Park, 200 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week – Aug. 14-20
Enjoy the District’s best eats with the summer edition of Restaurant Week, and make sure to read our full neighborhood breakdown. Foodies and deal hunters always swoon over the prix-fixe menus from a cast of DC’s best restaurants. Head over to ramw.org/restaurantweek to book a table and keep up with participating restaurants, along with can’t-miss dishes and deals.

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Harbor Dome: Summer Snow Globe – Aug. 18-20, Aug. 24-27, Aug.31 – Sept. 3
National Harbor wants to inject some winter into your summer. Step inside their Summer Snow Globe for craft cocktails, live music and falling show, starting on August 18 and running every weekend, Friday – Sunday, through Sept. 3. Each day also features live music, with a different band or DJ taking center stage every day. Forget about August temperatures and cool down at one of the area’s most vibrant destinations. The Snow Globe is only for ages 21 and over.
Tickets
National Harbor, Intersection of Waterfront St. and National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

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Comcast Outdoor Film Festival – Aug. 24-26
This three-day celebration of movies takes place in Bethesda, MD from Aug. 24-26. The scenic Strathmore Campus is a fantastic place to enjoy an evening outdoors, so bring along the crew to catch either MoanaRogue One or The Lego Batman Movie (or all three, since attending is free). Ridgewell’s will be on-site with food, too! Screenings begin at dusk. The festival benefits the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities.
Gates open at 7:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852

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DCBX#9 – Aug. 24-28
Ranked the number one Latin dance festival in the U.S. the last two years, DCBX#9 takes over the nation’s capital for four days this August. Veterans and newbies of dancing bachata, the sexier-than-salsa dancing style from the Dominican Republic, will have plenty of chances to strut their stuff, from concerts to contests to workshops. In addition to its dance events, the festival recognizes the art form’s best of the best, along with difference makers in the Hispanic community at the DCBX Excellence Awards. Meanwhile, its Global Impact Film Festival celebrates different cultures and raises awareness about important worldwide issues, while a speaker series for entrepreneurshelps fuel the next big ideas.
Tickets
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets – Aug. 25-27
The Washington Nationals are the hottest ticket in town. The division-leading team sent five players to the All-Star Game this year, including slugger Bryce Harper and aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Well on their way to their fourth National League East title in six years, the Nats will take on the archrival New York Mets for a weekend series at the gorgeous Nationals Park, which will host the All-Star Game next year.
Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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17th Street Festival – Aug. 26
17th Street in Dupont Circle has so much to see and do, it needs its own day-long festival for you to take in all its wonder. Live music will be present throughout the proceedings, providing a soundtrack as you browse through roughly 100 vendors, including 50 artists displaying fine art, crafts and jewelry. There’s even a kid’s zone, where the little ones can enjoy a moon bounce, a ball crawl, face painting and games, as well as a pet zone featuring dogs and cats (you can even adopt one!).
12 – 6 p.m. |  Tickets
17th Street NW from P Street to R Street NW (1500 and 1600 blocks), Washington, DC

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Capital Dragon Boat Regatta at The Wharf – Aug. 26
The action-packed dragon boat race takes place near the Southwest Waterfront’s beautiful new development, The Wharf. Groups of 20 frantically paddle towards the finish line with a drummer onboard inspiring the team. Boats are decorated in a variety of colors, creating quite the visual on the water. Best of all, this fast-paced spectacle can be watched for free. Check the Regatta’s website for schedule and other details as race day draws near.

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Maryland Renaissance Festival – Aug. 26-27
Check out this unique festival that takes place every year in Annapolis, MD (roughly 50 minutes from downtown DC). Fill the holiday weekend by checking out Renaissance-themed artisans, performances (including dances and musicians) and food. You can also dress up in your own costume, if ye so wish. The festival occurs on select dates through Oct. 22.
Tickets
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

Museum Exhibits

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theaters and Performing Arts Centers in Washington, DC

‘Artful Innovation: Inclusive Design and Technology’ – Through Aug. 30
The illustrious Kennedy Center hosts more than plays. Until the end of the month, you can check out objects that combine creativity in design and functionality through cutting-edge technology in this free special exhibit at the Center’s Hall of States. View true innovation that may just alter your perception of what is truly possible – and gain a glimpse into the future.
Opens at 10 a.m. |  Free admission
Hall of States, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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HIVE Late Night – Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
As part of the popular HIVE exhibit, the National Building Museum hosts an after-hours party every Wednesday night this month. Starting at 6 p.m., you can enjoy live music, drinks and delicious barbecue from popular local outpost Hill Country Barbecue Market. You will also have exclusive access to the exhibit, which includes thousands of paper tubes locked together to create fascinating chambers.
6 – 9 p.m. |  Tickets
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ – Aug. 3, 2017 – 2019
In Inuit culture, the narwhal (a small Arctic whale with a distinct spiral tusk) is an intriguing and spiritual animal. The National Museum of Natural History will showcase the Inuit perspective on the animal, as well as the latest scientific information, to reveal the complex nature of the narwhal. The exhibit will include tusks and skulls from the animal, as well as Inuit artwork and artifacts depicting the male narwhal. Visitors can also enjoy hands-on activities and chat with experts at select times.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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SAAM Arcade – Aug. 5-6
Play video games. Inside of a state-of-the-art museum. For free. Sounds awesome to us! SAAM Arcade will feature roughly 150 titles from developers, letting you and yours sample the coolest new games. There will also be game building workshops and a Boys and Girls Club Youth eSports League Championship on the museum’s third floor, for those who love competition. You can also expect live music performances on both days.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission – RSVP on Facebook
Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street NW and 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Observe the Solar Eclipse at the National Air and Space Museum – Aug. 21
From 1:17 p.m. to 4:01 p.m. on Aug. 21, the first solar eclipse visible to the entire United States in 100 years will occur! In DC, the Moon will block up to 82% of the Sun, and you can witness this incredible spectacle from the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall for free. The museum will feature safe solar telescopes at its Observatory, as well as free eclipse glasses and a chance to make your own pinhole eclipse viewer. The museum will also broadcast the eclipse from Liberty, Missouri on screens throughout the premises.
1 – 4 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue at 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20560

Theater

George Lopez HBO Special at the Kennedy Center - Comedy in Washington, DC

George Lopez – Aug. 5
One of the great stand-up comedy success stories, George Lopez has achieved notoriety in television (both in primetime and late-night), film and through acclaimed specials. In fact, you can experience Lopez’s hilarious new routine as he films it for a new HBO special. Lopez’s tales from his Mexican-American background and litany of show biz stories are sure to leave you laughing. He’ll take the stage for two performances – one at 7 p.m., the next at 9:30 p.m.
7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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‘Jurassic Park’ – In Concert – Aug. 5
One of cinema’s all-time thrill rides, Jurassic Park, can be experienced like never before at Wolf Trap this August. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic concerns a wildlife park with cloned dinosaurs that goes horribly awry, with star turns from Sam Neil, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. The unforgettable score composed by John Williams will be performed live by the National Symphony Orchestra as the film plays, led by conductor Emil de Cou.
8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182

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Big Fish Broadway Musical Adaptation - Theater and Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘Big Fish’ – Aug. 5 – Sept. 2
The Broadway musical adaptation of Daniel Wallace’s novel and Tim Burton’s film comes to DC’s Keegan Theatre this August. The play focuses on Edward Bloom, a salesman who lives lavishly and loves sharing his outlandish tales with anyone who will listen. When Edward’s son, Will (who is about to become a father himself), looks to find the truth in his dad’s stories, a heartwarming and hilarious narrative unfolds. Featuring memorable music and performances, don’t miss your chance to catch this truly distinctive production.
Tickets
The Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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Singleling Podcast Live from the Black Cat  in Washington, DC

Singleling Podcast Live from the Black Cat – Aug. 12
Do you delight in hearing your friends’ most horrific dating stories? If so, tap into all the dating schadenfreude you can handle during a live taping of Singleling, a podcast featuring comedians and storytellers with awful dates for days. The New York-based show comes down to the Black Cat again (after a sold-out show last April) for more off-the-rails dating tales. Expect a mix of New York and DC performers, including founder/raconteur Vanessa Valeiro and co-host Cara Foran, from the local storytelling troupe Perfect Liars Club.
9:30 p.m. | Tickets
1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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A Little Night Music - Musical at Signature Theatre Near Washington, DC

‘A Little Night Music’ – Aug. 15 – Oct. 8
The Signature Theatre, located just outside of DC, stages a Stephen Sondheim musical masterpiece that concerns a tangled web of love in 1900 Sweden. Winner of four Tony Awards, you’ll be dazzled by this play that concerns a married virgin, an aging actress, an eager divinity student and a foolish count. Take in glorious renditions of songs like “A Weekend in the County” and “Send in the Clowns” as you savor an unforgettable night of theater that only a Sondheim play can give you.
Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

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Shakespeare Theatre Company Free for All: ‘Othello’ – Aug. 15-27
Each year, Shakespeare Theatre Company hosts its special Free for All series, in which performances of one of The Bard’s classic plays are made available to the public, free of charge. This year, Othello takes center stage, weaving a tale of betrayal and manipulation in one of Shakespeare’s most intense tragedies. Free tickets can be retrieved via online lottery or in-person the day of the show – visit the website for more details.
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Music

Roger Waters Us + Them Tour - Concert at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC

Roger Waters – Aug. 4-5
Roger Waters, as primary songwriter for Pink Floyd, is responsible for some of rock music’s greatest masterpieces, including Dark Side of the MoonWish You Were Here and The Wall. Waters’ Us + Them tour (named after a classic Dark Side track) will touch down in DC for two nights in August, as Waters and his skilled band will take lovers of the Floyd and Roger’s solo work on a spectacular voyage inside the Verizon Center.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Florida Georgia Line Summer Country Concert at Jiffy Lube Live Near Washington, DC

Florida Georgia Line – Aug. 5
There’s no other way to put it: Florida Georgia Line are country music superstars. Their crossover appeal is also strong, as evidenced by Nelly’s presence on their tour that is currently selling out shows all over the United States. The duo will take to the stage at Jiffy Lube Live, a pristine outdoor venue just outside of the District in Bristow, VA. Prepare for songs about girls, trucks and parties, with some lighters-in-the-air ballads mixed in.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, VA 20136

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2017 Summer Spirit Festival – Aug. 5-6
Merriweather Post Pavilion hosts this two-day festival that sees some of the brightest stars in R&B and hip-hop converge on the DMV area. Saturday features Babyface, De La Soul, Common, Fantasia and many more. On Sunday, enjoy sets from Bel Biv Devoe, SWV, The Internet and En Vogue. Purchase tickets to one or both days and get ready for a weekend filled with grooves and good vibes.
2 p.m. |  Tickets
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only Tour at Verizon Center in Washington, DC

J. Cole – Aug. 8
J. Cole became a fixture in hip-hop back in 2007 with the release of his debut mixtape, The Come Up. Ever since, he’s been steadily climbing up the charts, peaking with the release of his most recent album, 4 Your Eyez Only, which debuted at #1 the U.S. Billboard200. Cole also received a Grammy Award nomination for 2014’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive. He’ll take his talents to the Verizon Center stage for one night only this August, so grab tickets while you can.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Herbie Hancock at the Kennedy Center - Concerts in Washington, DC

Herbie Hancock – Aug. 8
Herbie Hancock may have been the wrong answer for Tommy Boy, but he’s certainly the right answer for you at the Kennedy Center come Aug. 8. The legendary musician has had an astonishing career that now spans six decades, from his notable work with the Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960s to his groundbreaking Headhunters album in 1973 to his classic music video for “Rockit” in 1984. The Kennedy Center Honoree will perform at the illustrious venue as part of his current international tour.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers - Concert at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC

Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers – Aug. 9
Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC are synonymous with funk. Both groups achieved monumental success in the 1970s, moving feet on dance floors all over the world. The two will join together for an epic night of music at the Verizon Center on Aug. 9. CHIC will even bring along founding member Nile Rodgers, one of American pop music’s all-time producers and instrumentalists. Bring your dancing shoes for this one.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Santana – Aug. 15
Carlos Santana’s guitar has been making jaws drop for more than 40 years. The Merriweather Post Pavilion will host the virtuoso and his skilled backing band this month, an ideal outdoor setting so Santana’s guitar can wail to maximum effect. Beginning with a legendary set at Woodstock in 1969, Carlos has captivated listeners with his fusion of Afro, Latin, blues and rock music, from “Black Magic Woman” to “Smooth”. Expect an invigorating night filled with hits and as many grooves as you can handle.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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30 Club - Music Venues in Washington, DC

Waxahatchee – Aug. 21
Katie Crutchfield performs as Waxahatchee, creating intimate songs that still manage to rock. 2015’s Ivy Tripp was one of the year’s most universally acclaimed releases, blending lovelorn ballads and deft pop melodies. She is back with Out in the Storm, which is sure to end up on several year-end best-of lists, as Crutchfield has further amplified her signature sound. Named after a creek in Alabama, Waxahatchee’s songs create that bonfire feeling, and we’re sure this live performance at 9:30 Club will be no different.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Sheer Mag – Aug. 23
Sheer Mag are one of the most exciting rock bands to emerge in years. Blending Thin Lizzy-esque licks with funky grooves and a diva front singer who can wail with the best of them, the group is fantastic on record (their first LP just dropped, and is earning raves) and even better on stage. Black Cat will hardly be able to contain the five-piece and their searing songs that get stuck in your head for days…but it will have to try.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Washed Out – Aug. 31
Washed Out (the stage name of Ernest Greene) is a continually evolving artist. His first release, Life of Leisure (you may recognize “Feel It All Around”, which opened IFC’s Portlandia) drew notice for its endearing take on “chillwave,” a genre that seemingly existed for one summer. No worries for Greene. Since then, he has expanded into synth pop and rock, but on his latest, he deftly combines those styles, as well as hip-hop and free jazz, to create his most comprehensive sound yet. 9:30 Club will host the talented singer/songwriter/producer as August comes to a close.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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