The Washington Post
Noteworthy events over the next few weeks
Aug. 9 NMWA xchange: Curators’ Choice on Recent Acquisitions
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is closed during a two-year renovation, but the museum’s team is staying connected with the public through a monthly talk show broadcast online. In August, tune in for a 45-minute Zoom session to hear NMWA curators share their favorite pieces that have been added to the collection since the museum closed and get a preview of the new acquisitions that might be on display in the expanded galleries when the downtown museum reopens in 2023. Noon to 12:45 p.m. Virtual event held through nmwa.org. Free; registration required.
Aug. 19-Oct. 9 ‘Mexican Geniuses’
A company that previously imagined Van Gogh’s starry night as an immersive experience is turning its attention to one of art’s most famous power couples. “Mexican Geniuses: A Frida and Diego Immersive Experience” arrives in D.C. after debuting this spring in London. Art from Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera will appear larger than life, thanks to 360degree video-mapping technology. Four galleries re-create Kahlo’s and Riviera’s individual and shared spaces, with more than 300 projections featuring paintings, photos, quotes and animation. Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 1235 W St. NE. mexicangeniuses.com. $19.90$64.90.
Aug. 30-Sept. 25 ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
“Hamilton” isn’t the only beloved Broadway musical opening at the Kennedy Center in August: The end of summer also brings a D.C. stop for the North American tour of “Dear Evan Hansen,” a show that debuted at Arena Stage in 2015 before eventually winning six Tony Awards. Setting teen angst, loneliness and social anxiety to a pop soundtrack, “Dear Evan Hansen” plots the repercussions of a very big lie. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. kennedy-center.org. $79$199.
Sept. 8 Brew at the Zoo This year marks the golden anniversary of the National Zoo’s giant panda program, with special events celebrating pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and cub Xiao Qi Ji, so don’t be surprised if the zoo’s popular Brew at the Zoo leans into the giant panda theme. More than 45 breweries, including DC Brau, Hardywood, Aslin and Union, offer unlimited beer tastings at the afterhours party. In between pours, order dinner from food trucks and enjoy live music. Tickets are already available to zoo members and go on sale to the general public on Thursday. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu. $30-$60.
Sept. 11 D.C. State Fair
It might not have a midway or livestock exhibits, but the District boasts its own state fair with plenty of wholesome trappings. The festivities are back in person after two years of virtual content, and the deadline to enter the D.C. State’s Fair’s plethora of agricultural, culinary and artistic contests is Sept. 1. That means you have just over a month to finish your stunning needlepoint, perfect your stuffed dough pocket recipe and harvest a very symmetrical tomato. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gateway DC at Saint Elizabeth’s East, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. dcstatefair.org. Free. Oct. 8 Snallygaster
The annual beer festival from the minds behind Churchkey, Shelter and other D.C. beer bars is the best day of beer drinking in the region, and it isn’t even close. Snallygaster again promises unlimited sampling of more than 400 beers, and last year’s highlights included offerings from Cantillon, Monkish, Jester King, Foam, Weathered Souls and Floodlands. Held once again on Pennsylvania Avenue downtown, the afternoon includes food trucks, music and a dedicated family area, as well as areas for wine and cocktails. Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. VIP “Basilisk” tickets allow for entry at noon, which is the way to guarantee two hours of tasting the rarest beers in a less-crowded atmosphere before gates open to the general public. If that sounds interesting, act quickly: They sold out months in advance in 2021. 2 to 6 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Sixth streets. snallygasterdc.com. $65-$130. $10 for children older than 12; free for children 12 and younger.