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What to Do This Week: August 5 to 8

A binge-watching party at Black Cat and Capitol City Brewing’s 21st birthday.

Taste Capitol City’s newest beer on Wednesday. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, August 5

VARIETY SHOW: Petworth’s Looking Glass Lounge hosts 8x8, in which eight performers will get eight minutes each to wow you. Expect comedy, storytelling, and who knows what else—you might see some juggling, singing, maybe some contortionists. Think of it as DC’s Got Talent, but if a performer is bad, you’ve got no choice but to sit there and watch. Afterward, get out to the lovely backyard patio. Free. 8:30 PM.

Tuesday, August 6

TV: Binge-watching is becoming social—why didn’t someone think of this ’til now? Black Cat is hosting a TV Party Binge-fest, which will plow through the past four episodes of Summer Heights High, the hilarious Australian high school parody that features Chris Lilley as pretty much every character. It’s kind of like watching the show curled up in your bed, except you’ll be in the dingy back room of a bar and you should probably get dressed for this one. Free. 8 PM.

Wednesday, August 7

BEER & BIRTHDAYS: Capitol City Brewing Company finally doesn’t need a fake ID to get into its own bar. The restaurant and brewery is turning 21 this week and is celebrating with a brand new beer, the Honey 21. Be the first to try it or one of the other tasty drinks, and celebrate with prizes and birthday special prices. Free. All day.

Thursday, August 8

BEER & BERRIES: Summer is for fruity beers, and summer is somehow quickly running out. So before pumpkin spice ales take over the shelves (not complaining), try a couple of summery brews at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Representatives from Dogfish Head and 3 Stars Brewing Company will be on hand to talk about what makes the best summer brews, and will show you that you can sometimes pair beer with fruit without it making you want to gag. Fresh regional and summer brews will be available, as will fresh, local fruit for pairing. Tickets ($23 to $28) are available online. 7 PM.

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