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

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Joe Flood


TASTES LIKE IT SOUNDS:  Mixt&pe is a cocktail competition where local bartenders face off to see who can create the tastiest concoctions. The catch? Each mixologist has to pick two music albums, pick a song from each, and use them as the inspiration for the drink. It’s a good as it sounds (literally). (Service Bar, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.)

PROOF: The play Proof won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001, and there will be a staged reading of the production tonight by the Shakespeare Theatre Company. The drama follows two sisters as they come together after the death of their father to settle his affairs and search for familial unity in the aftermath. (National Academy of Sciences, 7:30 p.m., FREE)

GET FUNKY: The Funk Parade is this weekend, but you can start getting excited now. The Kennedy Center will host a dance preview tonight that’s 100 percent funk. Come take a trip through time with the dance style that celebrates the history of DC’s music and arts. (Millennium Stage, 6 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Bike Commuting 101 (The Velo Cafe, 6 – 7 p.m., FREE), Sip + Savor Yoga Social Mondays (Wunder Garten at NoMA, 6 – 7 p.m., $18), Panda Bear with Geologist (9:30 Club, 7 – 11 p.m., $25), Kygo (The Anthem, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., $55 – $75), Learn to Use a Sewing Machine (Petworth Library, 7 – 9 p.m., FREE), The Puppet Lobby (Brookland Artspace Lofts, 8 – 9 p.m., FREE), Revolution in the Air (Busboys and Poets – 5th & K, 6:30 – 8 p.m., FREE), ReDiscovery Reading (Shakespeare Theatre Company, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., FREE), John Lewis Gaddis: On Grand Strategy (Politics and Prose: The Wharf, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE), Brandon Garrett: End of Its Rope (Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE)

Photo by Flickr user Mr.TinDC


BEER DINNER: Local craft brewery DC Brau will host a multi-course dinner highlighting its brews at Matchbox. You’ll get a glass of its pils and enjoy passed appetizers before sitting down to a dinner of pea soup with grilled shrimp, a spring vegetable salad, roasted pork belly, and–best off all–beeramisu for dessert. (Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro, 6 – 8:30 p.m., $65)

BEAM ME UP: Ready to ditch earth? Come to a talk tonight that’s all about Mars. One of the engineers from NASA’s Mars Exploration Program will talk about the group’s attempts to get humans on another planet, and the National Air and Space Museum’s planetary science curator will share the techniques used to map out Mars’s surface. After, stick around for a planetarium show all about the red planet. (National Air and Space Museum, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., FREE)

MY COUNTRY, MY LIFE: Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak will be at Sixth & I to discuss his book, My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace. The politician will be in conversation with the Atlantic’s editor-in-chief about the two-state solution, Israel’s future with Palestine, and America’s role in the process. (Sixth & I, 7 – 8:30 p.m., $15 – $45)

MORE: President Harry Truman Guided Walking Tour (Meet at the White House, 6 – 8 p.m., FREE, registration required), Debate: Immigration in a Free Society (The Cato Institute, 6 – 9 p.m., FREE, registration required), Lecture: What Can Fortune Telling Tell Us (DAR Museum, 12 noon – 1 p.m., FREE), Ersatz: A Night of Yugoslavian Animation (Suns Cinema, 8 – 10 p.m.), New Mastersounds with Backbeat Underground (Union Stage, 8:30 p.m., $20 – $30)

Photo by Clif Burns


WATERCOLORS + COCKTAILS: This month’s watercolor and cocktails takes place at Union Market. Head to Buffalo and Bergen, where artist Marcella Kriebel will hand out an illustrated recipe of one of their cocktails. She’ll walk you through painting it, and you’ll leave with a unique piece of art ready for framing. (Buffalo and Bergen, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $50)

LEARN TO CODE: Want to learn to code? Come by the White House WeWork for a how-to while eating pizza. Whether you want the basics or have a current project in the works, the on-site instructors will be there to guide you. Feel free to bring a friend! (WeWork White House, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., FREE)

THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PROJECT: The Frederick Douglass Project brings two plays to the Yards Marina for the first time. The two plays follow Douglass’s 1845 voyage to Ireland, and were written by local playwright Psalmayne 24 and Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan. One of the coolest parts? The play will take place just a bit away from Douglass’s historic home at Cedar Hill. (The Yards Marina, 8 p.m., $35)

MORE:  Deep Earth Through a Diamond Looking Glass (Carnegie Institution for Science, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., $10 donation), Space Seminar with Takuya Onishi (Embassy of Japan, 6:30 – 8 p.m., FREE), Family Style Dinner with Up Top Acres (The Farm at 55 M Street, 6 – 9 p.m., $100 – $200), Headshot Lounge (Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 3 – 5 p.m., FREE), Profs & Pints: The Buzz on Bees (The Bier Baron Tavern, 6 – 9 p.m., $10 – $12), Patricia O’Toole: The Moralist (Politics and Prose Bookstore, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE), Summer Drum Circle (Takoma Park, 7 – 9 p.m., FREE)

Photo by Jim Havard


CEMETERY WALK: Things are gonna get spooky tonight: Head to the historic Congressional Cemetery for cocktails, tours, and stories from the spot where J. Edgar Hoover and Marion Berry rest. After an introduction, guests can choose from two tours: LGBT icons, which covers the many activists buried there, or Uppity Women, a line-up of the many suffragists and civil rights advocates on the grounds. (Congressional Cemetery, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $35)

GRAM IT: Ready to take your Instagram game to the next level? This food styling workshop will have you taking the perfect avocado toast pics in no time. A photography teacher will be on-hand to instruct as you style away a series of provided food. Attendees are welcome to use whatever kind of camera they’d like. (Petworth Neighborhood Library, 7 – 8:30 p.m.)

MOVIE NIGHT: Every Thursday, A Baked Joint hosts a movie night with booze, pizza, dessert, and snacks. This evening, kick off the weekend with the one and only Keanu Reeves. Settle in to watch Speed, eat some ‘za, and drink wine–because every week should end with Keanu, right? (A Baked Joint, 7:30 – 10 p.m.)

MORE: Health Rising: A Night of Storytelling (Busboys and Poets – 5 & K, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE), Moon Boots (Union Stage, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., $20), Jazz at the Citizen: Trumpeter Joe Epstein (Petworth Citizen, 8 – 11 p.m., FREE), Yanis Varoufakis: Adults in the Room (Politics and Prose, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE), Midcity Madcrafters Decoupage (Miss Pixie’s, 7 – 8:30 p.m., $25), Haunted Pub Tour (Nightly Spirits, 8:30 – 11 p.m., $25), Expectations of Privacy in the Digital Age (International Spy Museum, 6 – 8 p.m., FREE, registration required)

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