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Posted at 3:18 PM ET, 07/19/2010

Here comes the rain

By Lavanya Ramanathan

Don't let rain dampen your game: Recess returns to Aloft at National Harbor on Saturday. (Photo by Evy Mages)

You know what they say: When it rains, it pours.

This week, showers like last night's mini-monsoon threaten to dampen outdoor movies, outdoor concerts, and even outdoor hangout sessions like Jazz in the Garden and Hirshhorn After Hours. But you don't have to spend your nights at home running through your Netflix queue. These events will keep the summer momentum going through this week's rain -- all while keeping you dry.

You could risk trekking out to Screen on the Green tonight (only to run for cover when the rain comes crashing down), or you could hit the National Theatre's indoor summer series that pays tribute to the dashing silver-screen star Cary Grant. Monday's installment: "His Girl Friday," a classic screwball comedy that has Grant playing a ruthless, scheming newspaperman.

As part of AFI Silver Theatre's all-things-80s movie series, "Totally Awesome 4," the now-30-year-old film "Blues Brothers" will be back on the big screen. See John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as released prisoners trying to save their childhood orphanage with a blues act. The film screens Tuesday at 9:30 and Thursday at 9.

Bands, DJs, video artists, drinks, live screen-printing -- no, we're not talking about this Friday's Hirshhorn After Hours. Civilian Art Projects and promoter Sasha Lord's Get Your Pants On bash at U Street Music Hall might just one-up the Hirshhorn's, because it'll be indoors, where there is no chance lightning will strike a romper-wearing hipster. Casio-riffic pranksters Exactly and rockers Noon:30 are among the bands playing the bash, which also features Kid Congo Powers on the decks, video artists Rob Parrish and Champ Taylor and $5 punch.

Also Wednesday, the Rock & Roll Hotel's regular trivia night features 10 rounds that test your recognition of music videos and knowledge of music history, all for a chance at having your bar tab covered or winning concert tickets. While racking your brain, you can enjoy $3 rail drinks and half-priced burgers.

Last Wednesday, the French celebrated the anniversary of the country's revolution. This week, Belgium marks 179 years of independence. To honor the date, Brasserie Beck offers an all-you-can-eat-and-drink deal between 5 and 9. The $45 ticket includes a selection of Belgian draft beers and a buffet of entrees and snacks. (With beers alone usually selling around $8 to $12 each, this is a really good deal.)

H Street NE may be known as the neighborhood to hit for new bars and restaurants, but an upcoming addition to the strip may have boutique-lovers paying a visit, too. What was once the R.L. Christian Library will be, as of Friday, a retail space for 12 local designers and artists, including De*Nada and Artistic AYA. While the aptly named Temporium remains open through August 15, there will be occasional parties in the space, and the entertainment begins with Friday's opening from 6-10 p.m., featuring music courtesy of DJ Obeyah.

As elementary school students, we spent rainy days playing board games at indoor recess. As adults, we get to spend our Saturday nights visiting Recess, a board-game party with cocktails, Twister, dancing and Scattergories. Held at National Harbor's Aloft hotel this Saturday, Recess is perfect for singles or groups -- if someone catches your eye, ask them if they want to play Uno -- and there's no better way to keep the rainy day blues at bay.

Local beat producers are spending Saturday night having their own friendly competition: the King of the Beltway 3 beat battle. If you've never been, here's how a beat battle works: Beatmakers each play a 60-second sample of a hip-hop beat they've created, and the crowd and the judges decide whose are the illest, narrowing down the field till one beat-making baddy emerges as the champion. The show at Jammin' Java is a must for hip-hop heads.

-- Kristen Boghosian, Fritz Hahn, Stephanie Merry, Lavanya Ramanathan and Brandon Weigel

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | July 19, 2010; 3:18 PM ET
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CAUTION - The Brasserie Beck deal is Wednesday, not Thursday!

Posted by: BrentwoodGuy | July 19, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

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