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ToDo ToDay: A Goodbye Party at Dance Place, Mary Coble at Corcoran

bringing-down-the-houseAsk any local dancers about performing at Dance Place, and they will likely give you an earful about the dressing areas. The tiny concrete cells more closely resemble a state park bathroom than a proper place to stretch and prepare for a performance. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of love for the Brookland venue that has been fulcrum of the local dance scene for decades. So tonight, tappers, cloggers, performance artists, and dancers of all styles gather to say goodbye to Dance Place as they know it, because the building closes for a massive renovation on August 10. Read more >>> The party begins at 8 p.m.at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. Free, reservations required. (202) 269-1600. danceplace.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

EAT THIS

Capitol City Brewing Company is finally of legal drinking age, and the brewpub is celebrating its 21st birthday by rolling out a special birthday beer. The honey wheat beer, named Honey 21, was created by Capitol City’s president and founder David von Storch. The brew, which combines von Storch's favorite flavors of honey, coriander, and orange peels, has been fermenting for a month and will make its debut at a Birthday Beer Tapping Party at the brewery's downtown location between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. tonight. Capitol City Brewing Company, 1100 New York Ave. NW. (202) 628-2222. capcitybrew.com(Sarah Kaplan)

OH AND ALSO

Today in the Corcoran's atrium, Mary Coble starts performances of "Deferral," her piece that looks at the Food and Drug Administration's policy against accepting blood from men who have sex with men. Joined by a handful of gay male collaborators, Coble uses her own blood in the work. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $8-$10.

D.C. folkies Ugly Purple Sweater play Paperhaus tonight with Austin's Royal Forest and fellow locals The North Country. BYOB. 8 p.m. at Paperhaus. See address and more information on Facebook.

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