✔ Pick of the Pack
Comedy: ‘Please Don’t Beat Me Up’
News reports about bullying often leave out a crucial detail: There’s money in being someone’s childhood punching bag. Films (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”) and books (“It Gets Better”) on the topic are box-office hits and best-sellers, and political features about bullying (involving, say, a presidential candidate) generate massive page views online. It’s no less a repugnant habit, in other words, but there could be a silver lining to surviving it and telling others how to do the same. Full-time scientist and part-time storyteller Adam Ruben is further evidence of this. Not only did he survive a Darwinistic childhood, but his riotous and heartfelt one-man show, “Please Don’t Beat Me Up: Stories and Artifacts from Adolescence,” is one of the top solo performances in recent memory. Go for the stories about peeing your pants; stay for the life lessons.
Sunday at District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW
Arts and Crafts: Creating a memory book of your family’s story
The increasing popularity of tracing one’s genealogy tracks nicely with the rise of the Internet. Today, finding out of you’re related to a long-dead Civil War general or a Wild West general store owner is as simple as entering your name into a genealogy site’s search engine. What then? How many of us have reams of fascinating historical documents filed away in manila folders awaiting, hanging on the family tree? The National Archives’ Patti Hann, an expert on archival research, can help you make your genealogy research into something presentable.
Saturday at the National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW between Seventh and Ninth streets.
Advance reservations are required.
Food: Safeway BBQ Battle
This weekend marks the Safeway BBQ Battle’s 20th anniversary. Incidentally, it’s also the hottest June D.C. has seen in years. So it’s fair to ask — Is it too hot to spend your weekend at a block party eating barbecue? The answer, fellow foodies, is no. Weekend temperatures likely won’t break 90 degrees, and they certainly won’t keep some of the nation’s best grill masters from displaying their talents downtown. There’s a contest for every type of meat this year, too, from lamb to chicken and spare ribs to baby backs. The event also features cooking demonstrations, free samples, BBQ gear for sale and events for children. So lather on the sunscreen, buy some batteries for your portable fan and starve yourself the night before.
Saturday and Sunday at Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Ninth and 14th streets.