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Calendar: Bipartisan Bats, Balls and Paints

The boys and girls of summer are already gearing up for two of the marquee athletic events for members of Congress: the 52nd Annual CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 13 and the 5th annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game on June 26. Both events show the world that bipartisanship can occasionally break out in Washington. You just have to get people out of the Capitol to see it.

Bad News — for a Cause

In the run-up to the softball game between female members of Congress and female members of the press corps, the media team, The Bad News Babes, is holding a fundraiser on June 3 at the Capitol Lounge (229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) at 7 p.m. There will be a $5 cover charge that goes to the game and its charity, the Young Survival Coalition.

Nats Get Involved

The Washington Nationals seem to have sensed that they could help play bipartisan matchmaker, so on June 5, their game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park will host a member-member mixer, as our colleague David Hawkings reported, that will include a members reception, block of seats for lawmakers and staff and staffers singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The package deal is selling well, offering some proof that there could be a market for bipartisanship.

Yes You Kant

Meanwhile, there’s more to life than sports, as evidenced by a couple of Capitol Hill art shows this week.

Washington-based artist Kari Kant is debuting her show “Abstraction: Acrylics on Canvas” on June 6 at the Newseum.

In a private viewing on the Newseum Residences Rooftop (565 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Kant will show her work with Capitol Hill literally in the background. She’ll be donating a portion of proceeds from the event to Tracy’s Kids, a nonprofit that provides art therapy to kids with cancer.

One of Kant’s paintings recently fetched $800 at Taste of the South. The Fairhope, Ala., native knows her way around the capital, having come to D.C. in 2004 and working on Capitol Hill before picking up a paintbrush. For more information, email

Chill at The Fridge

Barracks Row gallery The Fridge DC (516 Eighth St. SE, rear alley) has a new exhibit starting June 7, “For It Was Written,” featuring D.C. street artists HKS 181 and Aniekan Udofia. Both artists show how extensive hip-hop has become as a common narrative that reaches far beyond its origins in urban America. The opening is 7-11 p.m. The show runs through June 30.

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