Spotlight on the weekend, June 7 to 9: Asia After Dark, Israel@65



When the suggested attire for event reads, "Bringing back 'Gangnam Style' and 'Soul Train' disco fashion," our interest is piqued. The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery (1150 Independence Ave. SW) has always been one of our favorite secret gems on the Mall, and the Asia After Dark program offers a fun way to celebrate the museum's collection as well as Asian heritage.

The series returns this Saturday with a night aboard the Korean pop-culture soul train. Stops include K-Bling art activities inspired by Korean ceramics, a dress-up photo booth, spotlight tours, an exploration station of the museum's new "Collecting Korea" iPad app, and K-wave music and visuals. Here from Korea for one night only, Action Drawing HERO performs a mash-up of drawing, painting and visual effects, with a witty blend of mime, dance and comedy. Soju cocktails, Korean beer and traditional snacks are available for purchase.

Tickets are $25. For more information, visit


When we say we're excited to try the Israeli craft beer at the Israel@65 event this Sunday, all the responses we've gotten are chuckles and mentions of He'Brew the Chosen Beer. That a) isn't brewed in Israel and b) is a joke and not good beer. The beer (and wine) garden at Union Market (1309 Fifth St. NE) this weekend will be stocked with top-notch Israeli brands that are nearly impossible to find stateside, including some never even sampled in the U.S.

Also planned for Washington's celebration of Israel turning 65 is a "shuk," or an Israeli artisan and vendor market, cooking demonstrations by local chefs and a wide variety of Jewish food. There will be lots of live entertainment featuring performances on two stages, including Mosh Ben Ari, Mook E, Moshav, the Mama Doni Band, the Macaroons and Orthobox, as well as a "family zone" with arts and crafts, games, face painting, an "archeological dig" and a book nook featuring an amazing lineup of speakers, including cookbook author Joan Nathan.

The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

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