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

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Clif Burns


BEER + WHISKEY DINNER: Bluejacket brewery isn’t just for beer–tonight it’s hosting a dinner with the distiller behind whiskeys like WhistlePig. The prix-fixe, five-course dinner will have a different wine and beer pairing with each dish, and options include oysters, short rib and crawfish gravy, and chocolate brioche. (Bluejacket, 7 – 9 p.m., $125)

MADELINE ALBRIGHT: Come see Madeleine Albright in conversation with Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg tonight. The first woman to serve as Secretary of State will discuss her experience with fascism when handling international relations, and how she thinks it’s present in the world today. If you can’t make it in-person, you can stream the event live, too. (Sixth & I, 7 – 8:30 p.m., $35)

MOON SIGHTING: CenterDC is starting a new monthly event–get together with a group to catch the new moon appear each cycle. You’ll meet at sundown to spot the moon, then gather together for snacks and conversation. It’ll also serve as a chance to learn more about the hijri calendar and Islamic history, too. (Thurgood Marshall Center, 7 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Piaf! The Show (French Embassy, times vary, $65), Georgian Embassy Movie Series: Repentance (Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., FREE), Sip + Savor Yoga Social (Wunder Garten, 6 – 7 p.m., $18), Barbara K. Lipska: The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind (Politics and Prose, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE)

Photo by Tim Brown


OPERA IN #METOO: An interesting discussion on opera works in the era of #MeToo will be hosted tonight. In a multi-dimensional form of art where many of the works are written by men, the notions of love, fear, control, and aggression are often present in many operas. How should performers and directors address these themes going forward? Hear more from speakers on the performing and production side of things this evening. (National Presbyterian Church, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE)

HAENYO: The Baltimore pop-up dinner group Haenyo will make its debut in D.C. tonight. The group has no permanent kitchen, and serves dinners in a rotating list of spaces–and now Big Bear Cafe is on the list. Come check it out for a meal of Korean dishes made with Maryland goods. (Big Bear Cafe, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m., prices vary)

TAX DAY TRIVIA: It’s the last day to file taxes, so makes sense to put some of the stuff you’ve gleaned from TurboTax to actual use, right? Penn Social is hosting a special Tax Day Trivia event just for that purpose. Brush up on  your deductibles knowledge and gather a group for some healthy competition. (Penn Social, 7 – 9 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Policing Gentrification (BloomBars, 7 – 9 p.m.), Latino Leaders Reception (El Tamarindo, 6 – 9 p.m., $25), Gardening in the City – Herbs (District Hardware and Bike, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.), The Emotional Labor Union: Motherhood (The Lemon Collective, 7 – 8:30 p.m., $25), The Impact of Advertising Workshop (Canvas, 7 – 8:30 p.m., $15 – $25)

Photo by Beau Finley


WORLD WINE TASTING: Four female wine importers will gather tonight for a tasting of the wines they bring in from France, Italy, South Africa, Argentina, and the rest of the world. A sommelier will be in-house, too, to explain each blend as you sip. A ticket included 12 wine tastings, as well as a 20 percent discount for all Grape Intentions purchases. (SPACES NoMa, 7 – 9 p.m., $30)

COMEDY POTLUCK: It’s a comedy potluck, only, you know, everyone’s bringing acts instead of dished food. Head to Wonderland Ballroom with your funniest material (be it acting, music, video, you name it) to perform your stuff with a line-up of other funny folks. It’s an open-mic, so come ready to show your stuff off. (Wonderland Ballroom, 8 – 11 p.m., FREE)

CROATIAN STAYCATION: It’s a night in Croatia! Head to the country’s embassy for a Croatian buffet made by local chefs, a tasting of Croatian wines, a Croatian film screening, and a display of local art. The country’s diplomats will be in the house to greet guests, too.

MORE: Gardening in the City – Vegetables (District Hardware and Bike, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE), Fiction Lover’s Book Club: Mrs. Fletcher (Southwest Library, 6:30 – 8 p.m., FREE), Declutter to Move: How to Streamline Your Stuff and Maximize Your Space (Hera Hub D.C., 7 – 8:30 p.m., FREE), Sister Speak: Black Women and Suicide (Busboys and Poets Takoma, 6 – 8 p.m., $10)

Photo by Brandon Kopp


AFTER-HOURS ART: Come see the Hirshhorn exhibit Brand New: Art and Commodity after-hours at its event with the art group No King Collective. It released a poster for the exhibit with area artists SUPERWAXX and NoMüNoMü, and there will be limited editions available at the event. Stick around for DJ sets and food and drinks by spots like Mason Dixie and Dolcezza. (Hirshhorm Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7 – 11 p.m., $19.89)

POETRY FESTIVAL: Split This Rock is a group that celebrates the relationship between poetry and social activism, and its 10th poetry festival kicks off today. The weekend-long event will have open mics, workshops, panels, kids’ events, activist events, and more. There will be some big-name poets in the group, too, so come ready to listen. (Split This Rock, times and prices vary)

OATH PIZZA: New England spot Oath Pizza is putting down its first roots in DC, and the grand celebration of its new Navy Yard location is today. The Boston original will buy pay for half of your pizza, and there will be samples, live music, and plenty of giveaways. Keep an eye out for the Crabby Old Baystard–a pizza pie with Old Bay, crab meat, ricotta, and scallions. (Oath Pizza, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.)

MORE: Son Little with Howard (Union Stage, 7:30 p.m., $20 – $30), Staying Human: Poetry in the Age of Technology (The Library of Congress, 7 – 9 p.m., FREE), Facing the Holocaust: The Photography of Luigi Toscano (Goethe-Institut, 6:30 – 9 p.m., FREE), Lesbians Who Tech (Gaslight Tavern, 6 – 9 p.m., FREE), A Raisin in the Sun (Gallaudet University Theatre, times vary, $10 – $15), Big Fish & Begonia (E Street Cinema, 7 – 9 p.m., $15), Aiding Afghanistan’s Economy (United States Institute of Peace, 2 – 4 p.m., FREE), Natural Wine + Poetry (Petworth Citizen, 6 – 11 p.m.)


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