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Noteworthy events over the next few weeks
Aug. 19 ‘Rear Window’
What would Grace Kelly bring to a picnic? That’s the assignment for a stylish outdoor movie screening at D.C.’S historic Hillwood Estate, in honor of the museum’s special exhibition “Grace of Monaco: Princess in Dior.” You’ll get to see the exhibit and take a tour of the mansion and gardens, then settle in on the Lunar Lawn to watch the actress’s classic film “Rear Window.” The winner of the best picnic spread competition will score an annual membership to Hillwood, so do your homework: Judges will be looking for fine tablecloths and flameless candelabras, impeccable 1950s fashion, and a theme that connects to Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece. 6 to 10:45 p.m. Hillwood Estate and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. hillwoodmuseum.org. $5-$20.
Aug. 20-Dec. 22 ‘Korean Fashion’
Long before Seoul street-style blogs and K-pop costumes captured the world’s attention, viewers at the Korean panel in the 1893 Chicago world’s fair marveled over embroidered silk robes made for the royal court. The Textile Museum’s exhibit “Korean Fashion: From Royal Court to Runway” showcases more than 125 years of Korean design, including garments shown in Chicago and high-end clothing that wowed during Paris Fashion Week. George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. museum.gwu.edu. Suggested donation of $8.
Aug. 21 and 27 Giant panda birthdays
August is a big month for the giant pandas at the National Zoo; Tian Tian and his little cub Xiao Qi Ji are both celebrating birthdays, and everyone is invited to their parties. Xiao Qi Ji turns 2 on Aug. 21, and it’s bound to be adorable to watch
the youngster chow down on a special birthday ice cake. Then, less than a week later, it’s Dad’s turn to feast on his own cake. Tune in to the live stream on the Giant Panda Cam, or visit the Asia Trail in person for the festivities. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu. Free. Passes required for in-person admission. Aug. 25-26
‘Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!’
There might be more fans of NPR’S weekly news quiz show in the Washington area than anywhere else on Earth, so it’s no surprise that “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” drops in to Wolf Trap for two nights of offbeat news and pop culture quizzes. Each show includes a different set of panelists, such as Washington Post reporter Roxanne Roberts and comedian Alzo Slade. 8 p.m. Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. wolftrap.org. $42-$82.
Sept. 1 Phillips After 5 After a long pause, the Phillips Collection’s after-hours party is
back. Phillips After 5 combines the gallery experience with happy hour drinks to lure in younger museumgoers, and the big return is hyperlocal: View the current exhibition about D.C. printmaker and collector Lou Stovall, then eat half-smokes from Ben’s Chili Bowl and sample beer from D.C.’S Soul Mega while the Jogo Project plays a soundtrack of go-go and jazz. 5 to 8:30 p.m. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org. $20 for nonmembers. Registration required. Sept. 13 Arlo Parks
British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks added a second night in D.C. after selling out her first 9:30 Club show. The 21-year-old Gen Z heroine takes an almost novelistic approach to songwriting, with lyrics that create characters and stir emotion. It’s appropriate, then, that her dreamy debut album, “Collapsed in Sunbeams,” borrows its name from a Zadie Smith turn of phrase. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 930.com. $36.