Monday, January 28
DRAG: RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage will be at Dupont Circle’s Number Nine for the season five premiere of the show, where she’ll host trivia, discuss the show, and watch it with you. Get there early—from 5 to 9 PM you can grab two for one cocktails and beer, and from 9 on all Absolut cocktails are $5. Free. 8 PM.
MAGIC: If drag queens aren’t your thing, Black Cat is hosting another Muggle Monday—this time it’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire backstage. Specials on butterbeer. Free. 8 PM.
Tuesday, January 29
FILM: E Street Cinema is showing Bill W. , the story of William Wilson, who helped found Alcoholics Anonymous as he battled with his own addiction. Wilson plays himself; a series of interviews, reenactments, and some archival footage make up the bulk of the film, which is playing for one night only. Tickets ($11) are available online. 7 PM.
Wednesday, January 30
TRIVIA: Think you’re a movie buff? Prove it at Brightest Young Things’ Academy Awards trivia night at Tune Inn. They’ve partnered with Nat Geo Live’s Foreign Film Program and the Academy itself to help write tough questions only a smart person like yourself would be able to answer. The night will be hosted by BYT’s movie editor, Alan Zilberman. Free. 7 PM.
Thursday, January 31
WRITING: Four authors whip up the wackiest story they can, and a panel of (literary) celeb judges commentate live at Kennedy Center’s Literary Death Match. By the end of the night, only one author can remain. Note: The losing authors are (presumably) not actually killed, so stay home if you’re bloodthirsty. Free. 6 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.