This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sucharita Mukherjee.
Kick start your weekend with festivals celebrating everything from banned books to beer to bacon.
“Some Like it Hot” Film Screening: Hillwood Estate’s Divas Outdoors film series will screen the classic 1959 “Some Like it Hot” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film, dubbed the “greatest comedy of all time” by the American Film Institute, follows two men who, fearing for their lives, dress in drag as a disguise. Stop by early for a picnic on the estate, tour of the mansion and viewing of the special exhibition “Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems.”
Lunar Lawn at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Picnic begins at 6:30 p.m. and film screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 under 18, $15 regular. Call (202) 686-5807 for tickets.
Shakespeare’s “King Lear”: Don’t miss the Folger Theatre’s rendition of this classic Shakespeare tale of betrayal that closes this weekend. Playing the title role is renowned classical actor Joseph Marcell – more commonly recognized as Geoffrey, the English butler from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”
The Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $50 to $85
Coal BXX at DC9: DC9 will host a free late-night dance party featuring indie rock DJs Stevie Bxx and Billy Bxx. Rock to live tracks and score drinks for just $2 from 10 to 11 p.m. at this weekly free concert event.
DC9 Nightclub, 1940 9th St. NW. Doors open at 10 p.m. Free.
Uncensored: The Preview Party: To kick off Banned Books week, The D.C. Public Library Foundation will throw a preview party with provocative art centering on the theme of censorship along with live music. Mixologists from Mockingbird Hill, Bourbon Steak and the Museum of the American Cocktail will serve exclusive cocktails inspired by their favorite banned books.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Tickets: $50. RSVP required.
H Street Festival: This year’s annual H Street Festival will be the largest yet, spanning 10 blocks and featuring more than 200 businesses, restaurants, organizations and merchants. Fourteen stages will host more than 500 performances, ranging from dance troupes to the Nationals Racing Presidents to musicians. The full festival is topped off by food, drinks, games and competitions for all ages.
Festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. along 4th to 14th streets NE. Free.
Capitol Bacon Festival: From the team that brought you America Loves Bacon, this bacon-themed block party delivers a full festival experience. Stop by for bacon samples, cooking lessons, bacon-eating contests, cooking competitions, live music from some of the area’s top bands, a full-service bar and other vendors offering non-bacon-themed paraphernalia.
Half Street Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. Tickets: $25 general admission, $2 per additional bacon sampling station.
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium at 1301 Constitution Ave, NW. Tickets: $50 general admission, $70 VIP. Attendees must be 21 or older.
Artsfest ‘14: Take a break from D.C. and unwind at ArtsFest ‘14. Featuring about 30 musicians on three stages, tents by local vendors and crafters, food and drink trucks and family activities, this event celebrates all forms of arts.
Annmarie Sculpture Gardens and Arts Center at 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomans, Md. Tickets: $6.
Culture Shock, Washington DC: Volume II: With performances from all four of D.C.’s Culture Shock hip-hop dance troupes – Afta Shock, Culture Shock, Future Shock, Mini Shock and Mighty Shock – this event gives locals an opportunity to see groundbreaking choreography. After touring the globe, D.C. Culture Shock remains at the forefront of innovative dance.
Dance Place at 3225 8th Street, NE. First performance at 2 p.m., second performance at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $25
DC Legendary Musicians Band: The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will hold a free performance featuring D.C. musicians. Boasting more than 50 years of musical experience, the musicians have toured both nationally and internationally with their own bands as well as with music icons like Elvis Presley, James Brown, Ray Charles and The Manhattans.
The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Performance begins at 6 p.m. Free.