What are you doing this week? We offer up our favorite picks for the days ahead:
TUESDAY, MAY 29:
- Fans will have the chance to say goodbye to Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown, with a viewing at the Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW). The casket arrived at the Howard Theatre early Tuesday, and was placed right below the stage. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; free.
Strong Showing of Capital Pride
- Artomatic continues its month of art events "by artists, for everyone." Located in a former office building (1851 S. Bell St., Arlington) slated for demotion, Artomatic offers 10 floors of art by more than 1,000 artists, plus performances, live music, film, fashion, workshops and seminars. Through June 24; free.
- The RAMMYs -- DC's Oscars of dining -- are coming! Now through June 18, visit any of the nominees for Beverage/Mixology Program of the Year, and order their signature RAMMY cocktail for a chance to win two tickets to the annual gala on June 24. Nominees are Bourbon Steak, ChurchKey, EatGoodFood Group, Estadio and Room 11. More info here.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30:
- Capital Pride kicks off its 11 days of fun -- including movies, parties, awareness-raising events, a gala, and of course the parade -- running now through June 10. The first night's offerings include the Heroes Gala & Silent Auction, the DC Latino Pride fair, and Capturing Fire: Queer Spoken Word Summit and Slam. See complete schedule here.
- Catch "Dr. Strangelove" at this week's NoMa Summer Screen (L Street N.E. between 2nd and 3rd NE), where 2012's theme is a tongue-in-cheek "The End of the World?" You may also find free food, special events and food trucks. 7 p.m. food and music; 9 p.m. film.
- The Styleliner mobile boutique heads to Bar Dupont (1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW) for an ice cream social and pop-up shopping. Even better, 10 percent of sales benefit Women Thrive Worldwide. 5-8 p.m.; $9.
THURSDAY, MAY 31:
- Get cleaned up for an All White Party at the Dirty Martini (1223 Connecticut Ave NW). This isn't your ordinary party. The White Party includes a fashion show, trunk sale and a best dressed contest. VIP admission 6 p.m.; general admission 7 p.m.; $15- $110.
- DC Brau and Crunkcakes celebrate a dual release party at Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar (1104 H St NE). Sample the new crunkcakes, the Brau Rickey (DC Brau Citizen lime cake infused with bourbon, and topped with bourbon lime buttercream) and the Fat Cat (DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter chocolate cake infused with bourbon, filled with salted bourbon caramel sauce). You can also enjoy crunkcake minis with a free Leopold Bros. Whiskey tasting. The first 24 guests can nom a free crunkcake. 7 p.m.; no cover.
- Paint in the park with an outdoor ArtJamz session set to coincide with the Golden Triangle Concert Series. Local rock band No Second Troy will perform this week in Farragut Square Park (17th Street NW). Your ArtJamz ticket includes the use of paint and brushes, plus a canvas you get to keep. 5:30 p.m.; $30 for ArtJamz; concert free.
FRIDAY, JUNE 1:
- Five hundred trombones at Nats Park? We're not making this up! Inspired by the song “76 Trombones” from their upcoming production of "The Music Man," Arena Stage brings together many, many 500 trombone players. Participants can stay after the game for free; their friends and families can attend the Nats battle the Atlanta Braves for just $10. 5 p.m. musicians' registration; 6 p.m. performance; 7:05 p.m. game; $18 and up.
- Capital Pride continues with the annual men's kickoff party at Ziegfeld's/Secrets (1824 Half St. SW) and the annual women's bash at Phase One Dupont (525 8th St. SE). Or celebrate the launch of the Official 2012 Capital Pride Guide with the Washington Blade at Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St. NW). Dance with this year's cover boys and catch a drag show at 10:30 p.m. Enjoy $3 drinks between 10 and 11 pm. Men's party 9 p.m.-3 a.m.; women's party 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; Washington Blade party $5-$10 cover.
- The 20th annual Capital Jazz Fest features India.Arie, Anita Baker and George Benson as just a few of the jazz and soul legends set to perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.) -- not to mention Bill Cosby. 6:30 p.m.; $52.50-$165; through Sunday.
- Mellow rock band Dawes takes the stage at the 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW). Enjoy hits from their latest album, "Nothing Is Wrong," but get your tickets early -- they've been known to sell out the house. 8 p.m. doors; $25.
- Stretch out on the lawn at Crystal City Water Park (1750 Crystal Drive, Arlington), where Vintage Crystal will keep the wine flowing every Friday in June. Sip slow while you enjoy calming music by local DJ Adrian Loving. 7 p.m.; $5.
- Catch "National Treasure" for free during Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor (Md.), next to the marina. Note: no coolers with food or alcoholic beverages permitted. Sunset; free..
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