12 Of Our Favorite Events in D.C. This Week

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Eric Spiegel


ONE NATION?: Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, will be in conversation with Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance at Sixth & I. The two will discuss political tribalism, and the identity politics with the U.S. that contribute to it. (Sixth & I, 7 – 8:30 p.m., $20)

CROCK POT SIPPIN’: Drink for a good cause at the D.C. Distillers’ Crock-Off. Local distilleries like Cotton & Reed, Jos. A Mangus, and One Eight Distilling will be create one-of-a-kind warm winter cocktails in crockpots, each vying to put together the best recipe. After, each crockpot will be donated to Food & Friends, a nonprofit in Northeast that delivers meals and groceries to folks with life-threatening illnesses. (Free State, 7 – 11 p.m., FREE)

@ SCREENWRITERS: If you have dreams of writing hits in L.A. one day, check out the Screenwriters Roundtable. It’s a safe, welcoming space for screenwriters to come share their work, hear others, and get inspiration and helpful feedback. Come ready to read the first five pages of your latest work. (Interface Media Group, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $10)

MORE: Peace Corps Week (Locations, times, prices vary), Local Author Showcase: Jean Freedman (Busboys and Poets Takoma, 6:30 – 8 p.m., FREE), Fix a Flat Class (District Hardware and Bike, 6 – 7 p.m., $35), All That Sparkles: Grower Champagne (Tabard Inn, 6 – 8 p.m., $81), Min Jin Lee in Conversation with Bethanne Patrick (Politics and Prose at the Wharf, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE), Norfolk State v. Howard (Burr Gymnasium, 5:30 p.m., $10 – $15)

Photo by Mr.TinDC


FEELIN’ CHEESY: Let’s face it: Cheese = life. Meet up for Cheesemonster’s monthly Cheese Club. For February, it’ll be diving into the creamy, salty goodness that is L’Amuse Signature Gouda. Try the cheese (aged for over two years by a cheese master) and chat, snack, sip, and mingle. (Bureau, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $40 – $50)

PAINT 4 GOOD: Enriched connects D.C. creatives with local schools to share their skills by teaching students. Support the group by coming to a Sip n Paint Night. An Enriched teacher will lead you through creating your own masterpiece while you sip and learn about the Enriched program. (Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center, 6:30 – 9 p.m., FREE, registration required)

IN-HOME GARDEN: If you haven’t noticed the succulent trend, you may be living under a rock. Learn how to create your own succulent garden in a terrarium at Urban Jungle’s class tonight. Snacks and drinks will be on-hand as you plant and arrange your own design; plants and decorative elements are provided, but bring your own container or buy one on-site. (Urban Jungle, 6:30 – 8 p.m., $49)

MORE: Chinese New Year Celebrations (The Source by Wolfgang Puck, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., $50), The Free Wi-Fi Comedy Show (Colony Club, 8 p.m., $5), Glenmorangie Whisky Dinner (Fiola, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., $175), Fly By Light Winter Showcase (One Common Unity, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $10 – $15), Beltway Pundits (Kimpton Topaz Hotel Lounge, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., $7), Donatella Colombini Wine Dinner (Ghibellina, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., $160)

Photo by Hilary Woodward


BOOKS!: Mahogany Books is a local group that sells books by, about, and for people of the African diaspora; it recently opened its first brick-and-mortar location, and it’s been having a month-long celebration. Come out for the last night: There’ll be singing, spoken word poetry, and discussion panels, and the night will end at Bin 1301 Wine Bar. (Mahogany Books, 6 – 11 p.m., FREE)

CIDER DINNER: Hudson, New York-based cidery, Graft, is coming to town. Four of its ciders will be at Slipstream and paired with a four-course dinner by the chef at Equinox Restaurant. Try the drinks while enjoying a multi-course meal, and stick around after for a Slipstream coffee. (Slipstream, 7 – 8:30 p.m., $30 in advance, $35 at door)

OLÁ: This is way better than Rosetta Stone: If you’ve been trying to learn Portuguese, come to Colony Club tonight. As part of its Conversational D.C. lineup, folks will be at the spot to practice Portuguese over drinks (no English allowed!). There will be native and fluent speakers on-hand to keep the conversation flowing, as well as language lovers who are just there to listen. (Colony Club, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., FREE, registration required)

MORE: Purim Party (Chef Geoff’s, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., FREE), Kramers Book Club: News in Longform (Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE), Entrepreneur’s Corner: How We Got There (Halcyon House, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE, registration required), Wolf Warrior 2 Film Screening and Discussion (John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 5 – 8 p.m., FREE, registration required), A Discussion with Max Boot on “The Road Not Taken” (Hoover Institution, 5 – 7 p.m., FREE, registration required)

Photo by IslandDC


OINK OINK: Did you know today was National Pig Day? Neither did we. Celebrate by going to see a special screening of The Last Pig, an award-winning film about a pig farmer grappling with the reality of what happens to his pigs once they’re grown. A Q&A between Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Baur and the Pigs & Pugs Project’s Kimberly Wilson will follow the screening. (Atlantic Plumbing Cinema, 6 – 9 p.m., $20 – $40)

THE MOTH: Hugely popular storytelling show The Moth is hosting its D.C. storyslam tonight. A theme will be presented for the evening, and the storytellers will share tales stemming from it. It’s an evening that runs the gamut through all life experiences – funny, poignant, moving, and silly all at once. (The Miracle Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $10)

THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: Journalist Joanne Lipman will be at the National Press Club to discuss her new book That’s What She Said. While Lipman’s book looks at society’s current focus on sexual harassment, it dives deeper beyond that to focus on gender biases embedded within our culture. Not only does her book examine such issues, it presents solutions, too, calling on men to join the conversation with women. (National Press Club, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $10)

MORE: Panel and Performance: August Wilson’s Themes of Displacement (Arena Stage, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., FREE, registration required), Talking Top Shelf (Story District, 7 – 8:30 p.m., FREE, registration required), Swiss Winemakers Dinner (Stable D.C., 7 – 10 p.m., $102), Kramers Book Club: Women’s National Book Association (Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE), Ice Cream Demo (Glen’s Garden Market – Dupont, 5 – 8 p.m., FREE), Bridging Boundaries Opening Reception (Atrium Galleries at Flagg Building, 6 – 8 p.m., FREE, registration required)

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