Monday, July 8, 2013

Dust & Corruption Calendar for July 2013!

Sorry to be dragging this month, folks. I was up at my parents' for a few days and it wasn't until after I got up there that they remembered to tell me their computer was on the fritz and there was no internet access. ACK. My hometown's Independence Day celebration featured a tedious country band (sorry, not my musical genre) but at least had a good fireworks display, a surprisingly impressive one for such a small town. Their celebration is always the evening of the third, partly to avoid competition with other local events but mostly because getting fireworks for July 3rd is shockingly cheap.

Anyway, July promises to be hot and steamy, so here's some fun to keep you distracted.

As always, the Observatory in Brooklyn, NY, has a schedule of fascinating talks and workshops.

And Atlas Obscura always lists interesting things in different cities.

In Frederick, MD, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine has a series of free lectures every Thursday evening during the summer; if you're into history or medicine or both, look into it.

Saturdays: Speakeasy Saturdays continue at The Big Hunt; shows start at 9:00, and every Saturday is something different.

7/1-28 - Edvard Munch 150th Anniversary Tribute at the National Gallery in DC. The National Gallery of Art, 4th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC. Free.

7/3 - 9/18 - Scandinavian Crime Cinema film series at the AFI Silver. Too many to list here; check out the schedule here. AFI Silver Theater, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD. (They also have an upcoming series of 80s films, including some horror and thriller films, and a series called "Ozploitation," or Australian genre film.)

7/11-28 - The Capital Fringe Festival. Not sure how much I'll be doing, but there promises to be some interesting stuff. If you're in the area, check it out.

7/12  - Pretty in Pasties: A Burlesque Tribute to Movies of the 80s. My dear friends at Black Tassel Boolesque present this show, the title of which pretty much sums it up. With Cherie Sweetbottom, the DDP Drill Team, Mourna Handful, Maria Bella, Missy Aggravation, Mab Just Mab, and hosted by Hot Todd Lincoln. The State Theater, 230 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA. Doors 8:00, show at 9:00. Tix $12 advance, $15 at the door.

7/12 - Queer Burlesque Dance Performance Art Party! Queer-themed event with punk music, folk music, drag, and burlesque, featuring Lucrezia Blowzia, Marla Meringue, Shortstaxx, and Victoria Vixen. The Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC. I don't have any info about tickets, and I have a listing of 8:30 but don't know if that's the doors or the showtime.

7/13 - Open Sketch Sessions. If you're in Philadelphia and want to work on your artistic skills, check this out. The Mutter Museum will allow artists and amateurs to sketch from their collection of historic anatomical etchings and illustrations. The Mutter Museum, 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA. 11am to 4pm, no admission but registration recommended. Details here

7/14 - 8/4 - The Hitchcock 9. A series of silent films, four directed by Alfred Hitchcock (Easy Virtue, Downhill, The Lodger, and The Pleasure Garden) and two written by his wife, Alma (The First Born  and The Constant Nymph), with others to be shown at the AFI Silver. All with live musical accompaniment. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Free, but get there early; check out the schedule here.

7/18 - GeekBoys Burlesque. Billing itself as an all-male nerdy-burly review, I wish I could be there. SERIOUSLY. Featuring Lucky Charming, Matt Knife, Christopher Bousquet, Hardy Corey, and Brief Sweat, hosted by that charmer Nelson Lugo. The Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th St, New York, NY. Doors at 6:30, show at 7:00, tix available here.

7/19 - International Burlesque Review. LA's Scarlett Letter, Boston's GeeGee Louise, Italy's Miss Satine, and DC's 'Stache show up in this fun show, hosted by Christopher Inlow. MOCA, 1054 31st St NW, Washington, DC.  8:00; ticket price unknown.

7/19 - Twisted Knickers Presents "La Bell Epoque"! Baltimore's burlesque scene presents its own version of a Parisian cabaret, although perhaps minus the absinthe. (bummer) With Tapitha Kix, Beaujolais Nouveau, Ruby Rockafella, Cherie Sweetbottom, Cherie Nuit, Bunny Vish'us, Maki Rolle, Kitty Bermuda, and Dainty Dandridge, hosted by Hot Todd Lincoln. The Yellow Sign Theater, 1726 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD. (Cthulhu fans: they really mark your hand with the Yellow Sign...) Doors 8:30, show 9:30. Tix $10 adv, $15 at the door, available here.

7/20 - Cartoon-a-Rama! Richmond burlesque troupe Those Freaking Weirdos puts on a fun-sounding show. With Cherrie Canary, Dante the Inferno, Dev L Ish, Ellie Quinn, Moxie LaBouche, Melody Magpie, and more. Richmond CenterStage, 600 E Grace St, Richmond, VA. Showtime 9:00pm. Tix $12, available here.

7/23 - Science Cafe: Quack Medicine. I just found out that the National Museum of Health & Medicine has a series of talks and workshops on scientific subjects for the interested layperson. This month it's a discussion of medical quackery and health fraud in the 20th century. Fenton Room, Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD. Admission free; starts at 6pm.

7/26 - Hot Todd Lincoln's House of Weird! Keeping up the weirdness for the month, my pal Hot Todd presents an array of talent, with Swami Yomahmi, Kiki Allure, Alyssum Pohl, Cherie Sweetbottom, and Cherokee Rose. The Bier Baron, Washington DC. Showtime 10:00, tix $10.

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