Monday, February 4
BREAKFAST AT DINNERTIME: Why limit yourself to brunch on weekends, or morning for that matter? Jack Rose is showing off its new Sunday brunch menu on a MONDAY because they are wacky like that. For $20, you’ll get four courses of dishes such as chicken confit hash, vanilla French toast with a bourbon caramel sauce, and more. It’s chilly today, so hot cocktails (and Bloody Marys/mimosas, duh) will be served. $20. 5 to 10 PM.
FREE FOOD: Afterward, head to Graffiato, where the Source’s Scott Drewno, the guys from Toki Underground, and Spike Mendelsohn will take over the kitchen late night. Best of all, snacks are free and cocktails will be on special. Free. 10 PM.
Tuesday, February 5
PANCAKES: More breakfast! It’s National Pancake Day, so find that IHOP you never ever go to and grab a free stack of buttermilk pancakes. Donations are encouraged and all go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.* 7 AM to 10 PM.
WINE: The Washington, DC, International Food & Wine Festival is taking over the Ronald Reagan Building this week. Tuesday is the regional wine and food celebration, featuring food and wine pairings (duh) from specially selected regions from all over the world. If the $95 price tag is too steep, there’s a wine tasting room open between 4 and 8 that’s free and open to the public. Tickets are available online. 6:30 PM.
Wednesday, February 6
VARIETY: Turns out lots of other bars have picked up the slack Red Palace left when it went out of business in the weird-sideshow category. The Capital City Showcase will turn Wonderland Ballroom into a circus featuring everything you miss from your favorite weird haunt: burlesque, juggling, storytelling, music, and standup comedy from seven different performers. Free.* 8 PM.
Thursday, February 7
LEARNING (KIND OF): The Encyclopedia Show DC is back at Woolly Mammoth this month. The latest entry is Saints, meaning you’ll hear about all sorts of canonized creatures. The show is part standup, part storytelling, with some poetry and musical numbers thrown in, and things always get pretty irreverent. Tickets ($12) are available online. 8 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.
*This post has been updated from a previous version.