When Mueller time comes at 8:30 in the morning
What’s happening in D.C. the week of July 22-28
Virginia Reps. Gerald E. Connolly, Donald S. Beyer and Jennifer Wexton are hosting the third annual congressional blood drive on Monday. Stop by the Rayburn foyer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to donate whole blood, red cells, platelets and plasma. The drive got its start after 2017’s shooting at a GOP baseball practice, and more than 300 donors have rolled up their sleeves since then, according to the hosts.
A theatrical tribute to the late Texas governor Ann Richards is running at Arena Stage through Aug. 11. The one-woman show is billed as a “no-holds-barred comedy chronicling Richards’ legacy and how she was determined to make her mark on the world.” A feminist known for her quick wit, Richards’ most famous quip was a dig at then-Vice President George H.W. Bush during the 1988 Democratic National Convention: “Poor George, he can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.” The Bush family would get its revenge when Dubya thwarted Richards’ bid for reelection as Texas governor in 1994.
Your nation’s capital is a wonderland
Bottle cap challenge winner and occasional guitarist John Mayer is performing Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. Perfect whether you’re in the mood for sensitive singer/songwriter acoustic ballads or sensitive singer/songwriter midtempo electric jams. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and don’t be late — there’s no opening act.
In what may be the most #OnBrand D.C. moment of the summer, bars will open early Wednesday for patrons who want to get sloshed and watch former special counsel Robert Mueller testify before Congress. Shaw’s Tavern, for one, will open at 8 a.m., half an hour before the House Judiciary hearing is slated to begin. Closer to the Hill, Duffy’s Irish Pub will have the flat screens on and the drink specials flowing.
D.C. anime enthusiasts are taking over the Washington Convention Center starting Friday for Otakon, a gathering for fans of “Asian media, entertainment and pop culture, including anime, manga, music, movies and video games.” The festivities will include cosplay contests, skits, live music and panel discussions with comic book characters. Tickets start at $40.
Better than the old wave
Fans of 1970s New Wave can get a double dose Friday night, when Blondie plays the Anthem with Elvis Costello and the Imposters. Tickets start at $95.
Summer at the Citi
Saturday marks the start of the weeklong Citi Open tournament at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Look for international tennis stars like Sloane Stephens and Bianca Andreescu. On the men’s side there’s Gael Monfils, Kei Nishikori and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Tickets start at $15 for the qualifying rounds.