Things to do for July 01, 2010

The Weekender

Rooftop Pool Parties, Absinthe and Adrian Grenier

The weekend is your grand finale.

Thursday
Rooftop Grilling at Donovan House Hotel
EAT, SIP, SWIM

Rooftop Grilling at Donovan House Hotel

The Donovan House has long been your summer go-to for rooftop poolside shenanigans. But now, they're bringing their restaurant upstairs to meet you, grilling up skewers of curried shrimp, teriyaki pork belly and Korean skirt steak. Warning: your meat is not waterproof.

Throughout summer, Mon-Fri 5:30-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 12-5:30pm, Zentan, 1155 14th St NW, 202-379-4366

Friday
Spielberg and Lucas Show Off Their Rockwells
STORYTELLERS

Spielberg and Lucas Show Off Their Rockwells

This weekend calls for taking in some old-fashioned Americana in between cookouts and watching things blow up. Norman Rockwell paintings, for instance. In particular, ones owned by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, going up at the Smithsonian. Feel free to tuck your script for Indiana Jones 5 behind one of the canvases.

Sunday
A Pre-Fireworks Patio BBQ
PATRIOTIC DISPLAY

A Pre-Fireworks Patio BBQ

You've got your favorite spot picked out for Sunday's display. What you don't have picked out: the menu. Equinox's Todd Gray will be BBQing on the joint's front patio and boxing up pulled pork sandwiches, burgers and tomato-mozzarella paninis to go. Jefferson wouldn't have it any other way.

Jul 4, 4-9pm, $9, Equinox, 818 Connecticut Ave NW, 202-331-8118

Adrian Grenier and an Open Bar
HIGH ALTITUDE

Adrian Grenier and an Open Bar

You like to stay above the fray. Especially when it involves an open bar and an enviable view of the fireworks on the Mall. Adrian Grenier's band, The Honey Brothers, will play beforehand, and DJ Sky Nellor spins afterward. And then after that, Turtle's on cleanup duty.

Jul 4, 6pm-2am, $200, W Hotel, 515 15th St NW, call 202-661-2478 for tickets

Tuesday
A Brewpub Opens in Fredericksburg
GROWL

A Brewpub Opens in Fredericksburg

With all this talk about the American Revolution, it's time to obsess over the Civil War for a bit—inasmuch as it relates to beer. Blue & Gray Brewing Co. has unveiled its new brewpub. And as you sup on brat-stuffed pretzels, sloppy joes and stout, they'll fill up any growlers you bring in. Or milk jugs.

Six Helpings of Absinthe at Wisdom
ABSINTHE OF MALICE

Six Helpings of Absinthe at Wisdom

With Independence Day nearly here, that other independence day—Bastille Day—is right around the corner. So make like a disgruntled French artiste as you taste your way through four absinthes, plus two absinthe cocktails. Otherwise known as Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité…

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