What to Do This Week: April 23 to 26

Check out the Helen Hayes Awards, see a chocolate fashion show, and learn how to develop your business.

By: Jason Koebler

Monday, April 23

There have been a lot of amazing plays in the past year--many of them at Arena Stage's wonderful new home (and elsewhere! great job, everyone)--so it's time to honor them. Kevin Spacey hosts the Helen Hayes Awards at the JW Marriott, so you can fulfill your lifelong dream of being an award-show seat filler for the low, low price of $400. Tickets ($400 to $600) are available online. 6:30 PM.

For something more interactive, but still expensive, the National Building Museum is hosting a fashion show based on chocolate, which is the best food you could base a fashion show on. More than 60 chefs from around town will be serving up food--and chocolate, duh. There's also an open bar, and you can watch models walk around in chocolate-themed costumes. Capitol Deal has tickets for $65; if those sell out, you can get them here for $110. 6 PM.

Tuesday, April 24

Did you know you can use your ears to hear more than just the latest LMFAO song or your boss's droning? There's all sorts of interesting sounds out there--whale calls, babbling brooks, jackhammers, oral poetry, mimes' hand movements--I could actually continue listing sounds FOREVER, that's how many there are. That's the theory behind the DC Listening Lounge, which meets Tuesday at a TBD location. E-mail the Lounge to find out where it is this month. Bring some sounds to share, and come ready to be quiet--that's why you have two ears and one mouth, some annoying teacher said somewhere, once. Free. 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, April 25

We know, we know--wouldn't it be, like, totally awesome if there were an app that tracked what bars interns were drinking at so you could avoid them? You're chock-full of good business ideas (we know you thought of Texts From Hillary first), but you don't know how to do anything about it. Check out the Water Street Project's Tech Cocktail, which will teach you how to go from a guy or gal with an idea to tech mogul billionaire. Tickets ($25) are available online. 6:30 PM.

Thursday, April 26

The Textile Museum wants in on the whole drinking-at-a-museum thing. Thursday it hosts PM @ the TM. Instead of a cocktail party or a dance rager, you'll get a movie night. Bring your favorite textile (try to do better than a ratty blanket--this is the Textile Museum, after all), and watch the DC premiere of Honeymoon in Hell: Mr. and Mrs. Oki's Fabulous Trip. The movie isn't about a postmarital trip laden with bedbugs and gastrointestinal problems--the couple spend 40 days hanging out with Satan. Kushi will be serving bento boxes, and there will be drinks. Tickets ($15) can be bought online in advance and include one drink. 6 PM.