The DC Lineup for the weekend: It’s all about community

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Multiple communities are gathering in DC this weekend (Sept. 7 through 9) and offering opportunities for locals to explore their interests. Try new gelato flavors, watch short films or gain insight into the world’s leading university for deaf students — all right in your own backyard.

There will be rain showers throughout the weekend, so carry your umbrella!


  1. John Kerry, a visiting distinguished statesman at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will discuss his memoir “Every Day Is Extra” on Saturday at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. (Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

    Politics: Join John Kerry — Vietnam veteran, five-term senator and former secretary of state — in conversation with David Ignatius, associate editor and foreign affairs columnist for The Washington Post. Kerry will discuss his latest book, Every Day Is Extra, which details his political career. The event is presented by Politics and Prose along with Sixth & I Historic Synagogue at 600 I St. NW on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

  2. Film: The DC Shorts Film Festival will feature screenings of over 130 films, along with mentoring, professional development and other opportunities for DC filmmakers. The festival was founded in 2003 by Job Gann, a local filmmaker, and is hosted by the DC Film Alliance. With more than 1,200 submissions from 30 nations, it is one of the biggest assemblages of short films in the country. See the films in person at Landmark E Street Cinema (555 11th St. NW) and Miracle Theater (535 8th St. SE), with this weekend’s screenings starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. and going until Sunday at 9:30 p.m. The festival continues through next week, culminating with “best of” screenings on Sept. 15 and 16. You can also watch films online through midnight on Sept. 16 if you can’t make it out.

  3. Universities: DC boasts the only university in the world that provides barrier-free education for deaf students: Gallaudet University. The school is hosting the second annual Deafopia Expo. Deafopia is an organization that supports deaf and hard-of-hearing communities with events like this. The expo is on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is fully accessible and open to everyone; admission costs $5.

  4. Ward 1 Neighborhoods: The Adams Morgan Day Festival is on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. This is its 40th year, making it the longest-running neighborhood festival in the District. Entrance to the fair — along with the entertainment — is free. Many area businesses and restaurants will have bargains throughout the day. Highlighting local vendors and organizations is the festival’s main goal: Cherry Blossom Creative and Washington Area Bicyclist Association are just a few on the list.

  5. Ward 4 Neighborhoods: North of Adams Morgan, the Celebrate Petworth community day convenes on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 800 block of Upshur Street NW. Activities such as the Taste of Petworth, a basketball tournament and a dog show will display the many aspects of this neighborhood, and a variety of DC artists and performers will be featured. Explore the festival for free. Food is available for purchase.

  6. Sports: The 13th annual Nation’s Escape Triathlon is happening Saturday. The picturesque course includes a 1.5K swim through the Potomac River, a 40K bike ride through the District and a 10K run past landmarks such as the Washington Monument and National Mall. If you are not participating in the race, watch out for road closures.

  7. An 1849 copy of Rural Repository of Hudson, N.Y. from the collection of Antonia M. Chambers is featured in “Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton,” which closes Sept. 9. (Photo by PaperLoves Conservation LLC)

    Museums: This is the last weekend to check out the George Washington University Textile Museum’s exhibition Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton, which chronicles the life of the Founding Father through historic newspapers that date as far back as 1791. The museum is open Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free for university affiliates, kids and museum members; an $8 donation is suggested for non-members.

  8. Food: If you haven’t enjoyed the quintessential summer ice cream cone yet, now is your chance. City Market at O Street presents the DC Gelato Festival 2018 on Saturday and Sunday. Gelato chefs from around the globe created flavors just for this event to compete for the opportunity to attend the American finals in 2021 and then the world finals. The fest only travels to seven other U.S. cities (Jersey City, Boulder, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Scottsdale and Tucson). It is especially family-friendly: Kids under 2 gain free access, which includes one sample of each flavor. Tickets for minors, seniors over 65 and veterans cost $20 to $25. For adults they cost $25 to $30.

  9. Health: Celebrate National Recovery Month with the Purple Wave Festival, which promotes healthy lifestyles and substance abuse recovery at RFK Stadium’s Lot 8A, located just south of Independence Avenue SE on the stadium grounds. This free event is hosted by the DC Department of Behavioral Health and features the “eight dimensions of wellness”; local talent such as the DC go-go band EU featuring Sugar Bear; and a 60-foot “Healing Wall” chalkboard, where attendees can write messages of hope for recovery or memorialize those they have lost.

  10. The witches in song in William Davenant’s Restoration-era adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” at Folger Theatre (Photo by Brittany Diliberto)

    Theater: This is the first weekend to see the Folger Theatre’s production of Macbeth, which will run through Sept. 23. Director Robert Richmond notes, “This production is a unique and historic opportunity for all the elements of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Folger Institute, the Folger Theatre, and the Folger Consort to conjoin on a scale never before done.” Tickets range from $42 to $79. Performances are on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Running time with intermission is almost three hours.

This post has been updated to add more detail on the DC Shorts Film Festival schedule and to clarify that the online viewing continues through Sept. 16.

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