Monday, February 25
FOOD: Former Finnish Chef of the Year Petteri Luoto and his colleague, Icelandic chef Hákon Már Örvarsson, will be showing off how to make dishes from their countries as part of the Kennedy Center’s Nordic Cool festival—think of it as a live taping of some Food Network show. Free. 6 PM.
THEATER: Commedia dell’arte masks aren’t just for Elizabethan plays—Faction of Fools uses them for modern-day characters in a series of short plays and improv games at Atlas Performing Arts Center in an effort to prove these old masks can learn new tricks. Tickets ($20) are available online. 7:30 PM.
Tuesday, February 26
SOCIAL MEDIA: I know there are a lot of you out there who were really into Social Media Week DC, because I tried to go to a few things and they were all sold out. Go debrief at Science Club—you can catch up on skills you missed out on, meet some of those people you always get into Twitter fights with, or just have a couple of beers. Free. 5:30 PM.
Wednesday, February 27
DRINKS: Daikaya, Chinatown’s new ramen spot, is finally open, and snagging a table is already tough. We can’t help you on that front, but we can help you get a mean martini shaken (or stirred) by Daikaya’s Eddie Kim. He’ll be making drinks at the Corcoran’s Artini preview night, which is free when you RSVP online. 6 PM.
KARAOKE: Dupont Circle’s new Russian restaurant, Mari Vanna, is taking things back to the Cold War with its KGB Night (it stands for Karaoke in Grandma’s Basement). No word on whether you’ll have to sing only Soviet battle hymns. Free. 10 PM.
Thursday, February 28
EXPLORING: A modern-day Matthew Henson, Børge Ousland has been to the North Pole 18 times and the South Pole six times. He’s back in (semi) warmer weather now and ready to talk about his latest trips at the National Geographic Museum. Think of it as a vacation slideshow that doesn’t suck. Tickets ($22) are available online. 7:30 PM.
Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find him on Twitter @jason_koebler.