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Out & About: Bootleg Shakespeare, 80s parties & 6 other events to spice up the week

Monday, July 24

Bootleg Shakespeare: 'Henry VI, Part 2' at the Folger Theatre: The Taffety Punk Bootleggers return to the Folger Theatre for more Shakespeare fun. The concept of the production is that the actors show up the day of the show with just their lines known, only one rehearsal the day of the show, D.I.Y costumes and improvised staging, and the show must go on whether they’re ready or not! They will be performing “Henry VI Part 2,” the sequel to last summer's “Henry VI Part 1.” Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are free and will be given out at the door beginning at 6 p.m.!

Tuesday, July 25

The Watergate Hotel's 50th Anniversary Jean-Louis Tribute Dinner: As part of their 50th anniversary celebration, The Watergate hotel is hosting an all-star chef dinner, honoring the late legendary French chef, Jean-Louis Palladin, who helmed the hotel’s most iconic restaurant, Jean-Louis Restaurant, and made a lasting impact on the city’s restaurant scene. The dinner was designed by a number of locally and nationally renowned chefs, and will be held at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Kingbird. Tickets are $250, inclusive of wine parings, and can be purchased online. Don’t miss out on an incredible meal and the perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Washington D.C.'s most iconic hotels.

John Legend Darkness and Light Tour: What better way is there to spend a summer night than with your friends at a concert, especially a John Legend concert?! Head out to Merriweather Post Pavilion for a night filled of Legend’s incredible music skills and hear some of his hit songs, such as “All of Me,” “Love Me Now,” and “Glory.”

Kyirisan x Early Mountain Vineyards Wine Dinner: If you’re craving a fantastic dinner alongside some fantastic wine, Kyirisan is teaming up with Early Mountain Vineyards to present a delicious five-course dinner with pairings. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and the total cost per person is $85 (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations can be made on Resy or by calling Kyrisan. Don’t miss the perfect opportunity to “treat yo self” mid-work week!

Wednesday, July 26

Washington Kastles Happy Hour at Kastles Stadium: Wimbledon may be over, but there is still plenty of tennis left to be played this summer. The Washington Kastles are hosting a happy hour before their 7 p.m. match against the New York Empire. Tickets are $25, and include an open bar, appetizers, tailgating games, prize giveaways, a grand seat for the match, and a meet-and-greet with Kastles Superstar Sam Querrey from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Regina Spektor + Ben Folds at Wolf Trap: Grab your friends and a picnic basket, and adventure out to Wolf Trap for a night full of fantastic piano playing from Regina Spektor and Ben Folds! Tickets are on sale now.

Thursday, July 27

Havana Nights Party at The Graham Georgetown: The Graham Georgetown will host its second Havana Nights party, on its rooftop from 6 to 10 p.m. The night will be filled with Cuban drinks and cuisine, hand-rolled cigars, Cuban music and even a domino tournament! So start the weekend early, and enjoy a night in Cuba!

Newseum Nights: Rock On: Grab your leather jacket, fishnets and favorite band tee, and head over to Newseum Nights: Rock On! The party lasts from 7:30 to 10 p.m., with an open beer and wine bar that will feature 80s-inspired cocktails all night, 80s makeovers in the GLAMSQUAD lounge, delicious “Americana” bites from Wolfgang Puck’s menu, a board game lounge, curator-led tours of the Newseum’s "Louder Than Words" exhibit and much more. Rock attire of the decade is encouraged and tickets are $60.