Monday, August 12
BEER: Of all the food-and-libation-based weeks in DC, Beer Week is without a doubt the booziest (until DC Everclear Week becomes a thing). Reps from breweries all over the country hit DC’s best bars, take over taps, and get into fierce arguments about fermenting times. Things get started with a big concert at the Howard Theatre, featuring beer, free whiskey (for those wanting to kick it up a notch), and rising bands such as Drop Electric, Redline Graffiti, Watermelon, and Urban Cartel. $10 to $20. 7 PM.
Tuesday, August 13
MUSIC/BOOKS: Gender and sexuality are subjects a lot of people feel uncomfortable about, shy away from, or really just don’t understand. But it’s not so tough! Singer/songwriter and comic-book artist Jeffrey Lewis, the author of Gender & Sexuality for Beginners, and the book’s editor, Jaimee Garbacik, appear at Jammin Java for a release party. The book talk/concert should help you make sense of everything you’ve ever wanted to know on the topic. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 the day of. 7 PM.
Wednesday, August 14
BIKES: There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned toga party. The theme goes back to ancient Greece, which must make it one of the first theme parties ever. Anyway, DC Bike Party, which has turned into a ridiculous force this summer, is doing a ride around while wearing togas. As always, you and nearly 300 of your closest friends will wreak havoc on traffic before ending up at Bardo Brewpub in Northeast for a couple of beers. Don’t get the toga stuck in your chain! Free. 7:30 PM.
Thursday, August 15
MOVIE AND POOL: Outdoor movies are fine, but it’s rare you get to wear a bathing suit to one. Fix that this week with Sixth & I, which is hosting its annual Dive-In Movie at Capitol Skyline Hotel, featuring the ’80s classic Airplane. Let’s hope your dives aren’t as terrifying as the plane’s. Tickets ($10) are available online and include one drink. 7:30 PM.
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