What to Do This Weekend: October 11 to 14

Wig Night at Mad Rose, Sixth & I’s Mock the Vote, and the Snallygaster Beer Fest.

By: Jason Koebler

Thursday, October 11

FOOD: For five years, Common Good City Farm has been teaching lower-income DC families how to grow their own healthy food. We’re sure you’re good in the kitchen, but take the night off and try plates prepared by chefs from Smoke and Barrel, Ulah Bistro, El Floridano, Taylor Gourmet, and Whole Foods as they take Common Good’s fresh food and turn it into tasty samplers. Taste of Common Good also features live jazz, gardening workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours of the farm. Register for tickets ($50) online. 5 PM.

BEER: Chris O’Brien believes you don’t have to shotgun a Natty Light and then hurl the empty, razor-sharp can into a nearby creek where it’ll cut some poor, unsuspecting fish and/or beaver in order to enjoy beer. For years, the “beer activist” has been promoting sustainable, organic brewing all around the world. He’ll be serving up some of his favorite beers, which Cowgirl Creamery will pair with fresh cheeses, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue’s Bleus & Brews. Tickets ($25, or $30 with a Sixth & I pint glass) are available online. 7 PM.

Friday, October 12

GOOD CAUSES: Turning the Page helps parents help their children learn, supplementing their education where school failed them. Support a good cause and have a blast yourself with Carpe Noctem, featuring an open bar, food, dancing, and more than 100 silent auction items for sale. Tickets ($40) are available online. 6 PM.

EXOTIC PARTIES: After years of successfully throwing parties at the French Embassy that vastly improved French-American relations, Brightest Young Things is doubling down this year with two nights of the French Underground. Friday features performances from Wax Tailor, White Life, and DJ Chris Nitti; Saturday you get Tomorrow’s World, Housse de Racket, Yan Wagner, and more. Both nights feature hipsters, French hipsters, striped dresses and sweaters, mustaches (ironic and otherwise), art, food, and probably strobe lights. Oui, s’il vous plaît. Tickets ($20) are available through Eventbrite. 8 PM.

WIGS: Your hair usually looks pretty weird anyway—might as well cover it up with a wig for one night. Mad Rose Tavern is hosting Wig Night, a night where you wear wigs and drink alcohol. Think of it as a warmup for Halloween, a chance to look like Katy Perry, or just the opportunity to make an easy donation to the American Cancer Society—a percentage of bar sales will go to support the cause. $10 suggested donation. 9 PM.

Saturday, October 13

BEER: Greg Engert, the guy behind Rustico’s Oktobeerfest must have been all like, “LivingSocial, I see you” after the deals site threw a series of super-successful beer festivals this year, because he’s back with Snallygaster. The festival, named after a mythical creature, features more than 100 beers, ciders, and ales (including more than two dozen pumpkin ales) hand-picked by Engert. The festival also offers some pretty exotic food, including fried pig tails, which he describes as being like chicken wings with rib meat. Yum. Tickets ($25, including 25 drink and food tickets and a mug) are available online. 1 PM.

JOKES: The President and his challenger sure have given us a lot of opportunities to make fun of them this election season, haven’t they? If animated gif Tumblrs, Photoshopped images, and whatever lame quips your stupid too-liberal/too-conservative friend posted on Facebook after the debate Thursday just aren’t cutting it, go watch some pros do the candidates dirty. Comedy Central’s Jordan Carlos (Indecision), MSNBC’s Jeff Kreisler, and The Onion’s Lee Camp will pillory the Prez and ream out Romney at Sixth & I’s Mock the Vote. Tickets ($15) are available online. 10:30 PM.

PAINTING DEATH MATCH: Watch some of the city’s best artists battle to the death (or to some arbitrary judged end, whatever) at Red Palace’s Super Art Fight, which really needs to be capitalized to emphasize its excitingness, so let’s try this again: Watch CHAMPION artists DUKE IT OUT TO THE DEATH at SUPER ART FIGHT, a night that combines BOOZE, PAINT, CANVASES, and SPEED PAINTING as teams of two are forced to paint things that you, the bloodthirsty audience, choose. Tickets are $15, available online or at the door. 9:30 PM.

Sunday, October 14

VINO: For many of us, every week is wine week. But this week is officially DC Wine Week, meaning you’ll find vino deals and special food pairings at many local restaurants that would tickle Dionysus’s fancy. Check out the website for more information about who’s participating. Cheers to that.

PRIORITIES: Prove you’re the best/worst boy/girlfriend ever by skipping/guilt tripping your boy/girlfriend to look at art and listen to music instead of football at the Phillips Collection’s SunDate. Pianist Charlie Albright will just be hitting his stride as the Redskins take the field. But he’s been lauded by the Washington Post and NPR, and for $50, you’ll get two concert tickets, two drinks, and a dessert. 4 PM.

Know of something cool happening around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at jasontpkoebler@gmail.com, or find him on Twitter @jason_koebler.