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What to Do This Week: June 17 to 20

Learn about honeybees, try a bunch of tequilas, and hang out at our Best of Washington happy hour.

Taste tequila and mezcal at Oyamel's festival tonight. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Monday, June 17

TEQUILA: Oyamel’s annual Tequila and Mezcal Festival gets started tonight, that means you get to try some of the smokiest Mezcals and smoothest tequilas Mexico has to offer. For $10, try pours of various Wahaka Mezcals. Also order up one of two specialty cocktails crafted for the festival, the Te Ahumado, which has mezcal, egg whites, lemon, and chamomile syrup, or the Agave Mule, which has tequila, maraschino liqueur, grapefruit, lime, mine, and ginger. Tickets ($10) are available online. 4 to 6 PM.

FILM: Did you know honeybees are dying en masse all over the world? Well they are, and it’s causing a crisis for farmers who rely on the bees to pollinate their crops. It’s all laid out in Vanishing of the Bees, a documentary film screening at the Hill Center tonight. Join director Maryam Henein for a discussion afterwards. Free. 7 PM.

Tuesday, June 18

MUSIC: For the first time in a decade, Ben Gibbard’s The Postal Service are playing a live show in the DC area. If you’re not a super fan, you (ironically) know their music from various UPS commercials, movie soundtracks, and hipster weddings you’ve been to. Their only CD, Give Up, full of saddo-indie electronica jams, has sold more than a million copies. They’ll be at Merriweather playing “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight,” “Such Great Heights,” and more. Tickets ($35 to $45) are available online. 6 PM.

Wednesday, June 19

HAPPY HOUR: Our Best of Washington happy hour is heading to Georgetown’s brand new Graham Hotel. Head up to the roof for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and discounted tickets to this year’s Best of Washington party. Your donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society gets you one drink. $15. 6 PM.

MOVIES: The U Street Movie Series at Harrison Field gets started this week with a screening of Star Wars Uncut, a fan-made remake of A New Hope. Head over around 7 to listen to a deejay spin before the movie. Free 7 PM.

Thursday, June 20

TRIVIA: If you take trivia half as seriously as most of the teams out there in DC, you might be down to move on to something a little more high stakes than winning a couple bucks off a bar tab. Sixth and I Synagogue hosts a Black Tie Trivia night (it means what you think it does) to benefit their 6th in the City event programs. The winning team gets free tickets to every Sixth & I event for a year. There’s also a silent auction, open bar, and free food. The night is hosted by comedian Mo Mandel, who starred on NBC’s Free Agents. Tickets ($75 per person) are available online. 7 PM.

Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at, or find him on Twitter.

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