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"Does the body rule the mind, or does the mind rule the body?" is the Hirshhorn's first live performance exhibition, presenting a new generation of American artists who blend avant-garde performance art with pop culture. (Image: Ian Douglas/ Courtesy artist Mariana Valencia)

Out and About: 9 events sure to make this week even hotter

Monday, June 18

Whiskey Blending: Whistlepig Brand Ambassadors Mira Anne Bhakta & Briana Savage will be coming to Rebellion DC for a special blending event with their new FarmStock 2.0 Rye Whiskey. You'll get the rare opportunity to create your own personal blend of FarmStock 2.0 by using the 3 different counterparts that make up Rye Crop 002.

Tuesday, June 19

NSO Pops with Audra McDonald: As beloved on Broadway and opera stages as she is in her roles in film and on television, iconic singer and actress Audra McDonald joins the NSO for an exquisite selection of her favorite music. Tickets start at $29.

Heineken AfterWork: Heineken and BYT have teamed up to throw a party dedicated to all things samples, with a DJ set featuring your favorite golden age hip hop tracks and the samples that inspired them. They'll be spinning the best hip hop inspired by funk, soul and jazz and then playing the samples that inspired them and inviting you to identify the samples for prizes and swag. Free to attend and the first 50 people in the door get a free Heineken.

Wednesday, June 20

Wine Tasting: Flight Wine Bar is excited to announce the "Summer Wine Tasting Series," highlighting the top winemakers from around the world. The series invites guests to sample various varietals from specific global regions, paired with Flight’s signature bites. For the inaugural event, the Flight team will welcome Early Mountain Vineyard’s winemaker and certified Sommelier, Ben Jordan, as he leads guests on an exploration of the estate’s wines through a roaming tasting. Guests can mingle and explore several tasting stations showcasing Early Mountain’s wines, including their trademarked rosé and a Bordeaux-style merlot, among other signature wines. Each wine tasting station will offer Flight’s seasonal paired bites like Tuna Crudo served on cucumber as well as Braised Short Ribs with daikon radish, Asian pear and charred onion puree. Tickets are $75.

Generation Gap: Chicago comedy institution The Second City will present a new show created for Kennedy Center audiences. From the Greatest Generation to the latest generation, The Second City’s "Generation GapOr, How Many Millennials Does It Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X?" takes you on a satirical crash course spanning miscommunications, careers, dating, and more in this two-act, interactive new spin on the age-old battle of the ages. Tickets start at $49.

Artist Talk with Georg Baselitz: Through his career, German artist Georg Baselitz has shocked and surprised the world with his works. "Baselitz: Six Decades" brings over 100 of these works—including his inventive “upside down” paintings, and a piece confiscated by the authorities—together for U.S. audiences for the first time in 20 years. Free to attend.

Thursday, June 21

Debt After Dark: SoFi, an online personal finance company, is bringing their popular "Debt After Dark" series to D.C. and throwing a free party at District Winery for anyone with student loans who is 21 and over. All you have to do is register in advance (there is a deposit to reserve your spot but you will be refunded), bring proof of your student loans and enjoy a night of NO BILLS! Free to attend.

Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations: Don't miss this electrifying new musical about “the greatest R&B group of all time." With their signature dance moves and harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features such iconic hits as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and many more. Tickets start at $59.

Opening of 'Does the body': "Does the body rule the mind, or does the mind rule the body?" is the Hirshhorn's first live performance exhibition, presenting a new generation of American artists who blend avant-garde performance art with pop culture. Each work challenges crucial ideas about the body and identity through dance, music, comedy, and spoken word, and will invite you to connect with the artists and your fellow visitors to find ways to “dance better together.” Free to attend.