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12 D.C. bakers will show off their pastry skills by creating two flavors of cupcakes for the first annual Cupcake Wars. (File photo)

Weekend Report: 12 events to heat up your weekend

Thursday, July 5

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.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival: The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an annual celebration of communities and cultures in the United States and around the world. The free event takes place on the National Mall for two weeks around the Fourth of July. This year they are highlighting cultural heritage enterprises in Armenia and Catalonia through food, craft, music, and dance. Experience human towers with the Catalans, Armenian craft and cooking demonstrations, and much more. Free to attend.

Author Talk with John Ross: John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) is best known for leading the first successful expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. But that momentous feat was not the end of Powell’s career. Ross, former editor of American Heritage and award-winning author of Enduring Courage and War on the Run, vividly recreates Powell’s historic trip, then charts the wider legacy he left to the nation as a scientist and land-management pioneer. The second director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Powell advocated irrigation, dams, and reservoirs and was a key figure in creating the infrastructure that tapped the Colorado as a water source for Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Free to attend, book costs $30.

National Treasure Viewing: See the stars beneath the stars at the Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series, showing "National Treasure." Movie starts at sundown, but guests are welcome to start scoping out seats at 7. Free to attend.

Friday, July 6

Daybreaker at The Fun House: Help Daybreaker DC celebrate their third birthday with an early-morning yoga session and dance party inside the Building Museum's newest interactive exhibit, the Fun House. Imagine being immersed in part museum exhibit, part house party, complete with interactive rooms and a swimming pool of hundreds of thousands of recyclable plastic balls (a la The BEACH), and that's the setting. Tickets start at $25.

NSO at Wolf Trap: Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, in concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by live music from the National Symphony Orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen. The film will be projected in HD onto big screens in-house and on the lawn. Tickets start at $40. (Also held on Saturday)

First on First – Made in America: The Heurich House Museum will open its first floor during First Friday Dupont, highlighting the work of immigrants. Grab a beer from this month’s Featured Brewery, Atlas Brew Works, while touring the museum’s first floor, shopping from local immigrant makers Robin Ha and Eva Calonder and creating your own flag at the activity table. Free to attend.

Saturday, July 7

Pirate Booze Cruise: As the sun sets over the Potomac River, let the pillaging and looting begin! This adult party pirate cruise is anything but an ordinary night on the town. Channel your inner Jack Sparrow, and enjoy a full (cash) bar, surround sound music, dancing, new friends, delicious cocktails, beautiful views and warm breezes. Tickets are $25 and include one drink.

Salute the Sunset with Singing Sergeants: Featuring 23 active duty Airmen musicians, the Singing Sergeants presents more than 200 performances annually performing a wide range of musical styles, from traditional Americana, opera, and choral standards to modern Broadway and jazz. Catch their latest performance at the National Harbor. Free to attend.

Rise and Wine: From namaste to rosé (well, technically mimosas), Barcelona Wine Bar is hosting yoga and brunch on the patio. Certified Yoga instructor Simone Mayers (@sincerelysimonexo) will be leading a well-rounded yoga class—creating balance and focus mentally, physically, and emotionally—set to an instrumental playlist. After class, enjoy freshly squeezed juice, a complimentary mimosa, and a light breakfast buffet with fresh fruit and yogurt. Tickets are $25.

Sunday, July 8

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.

Cupcake Wars: 12 D.C. bakers will show off their pastry skills by creating two flavors of cupcakes. Professional judges will assess the taste, density and creative presentation of each entry, before determining the winner of the $500 grand prize. Attendees should come ready with their dancing shoes, sweet tooth (you have to help judge the People's Choice Award) and “to go” containers. Tickets are $25.