What’s that thumping noise? It’s not the morning newspaper being thrown at your door. It’s the Essential Arts newsletter hitting your inbox. I’m arts reporter Jessica Gelt filling in for Carolina Miranda, who is likely finding art you didn’t know about in a part of the city you rarely go. The worst of the heat wave has passed for now and the weekend is upon us, so let’s get to it.
Juneteenth is finally a federal holiday, and even though government recognition of the date that commemorates the end of slavery in America came more than a century late, this moment is still one to be celebrated. My colleague Makeda Easter curated a list of arts and culture events to commemorate the day — including live music, art and dance in Leimart Park Village, and a party at the Fountain Theatre after the matinee performance of