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What to Do This Week: June 18 to 21

This week: Silverdocs, a “Washingtonian” fashion happy hour, and a battle of the law firm bands.

A still from the Silverdocs film The Revisionaries, screening this Friday and Saturday. Image courtesy of Silverdocs.

Monday, June 18

FILM: One of the country’s best documentary film festivals takes place right here in Washington, and it kicks off tonight. Silverdocs will run through Sunday and features movies from more than 60 countries, including 14 Oscar-nominated films. Tonight’s big film—Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey—is about Journey’s search for a new frontman, which took them all the way to Manila, Philippines. Advance tickets are sold out, but call ahead and you might get lucky at the door. $12. 7 PM at AFI Silver.

COMEDY: If you can’t procure tickets for Silverdocs (don’t worry, there are more than 100 other film screenings this week), check out comedian Neil Hamburger at Black Cat’s backstage. Hamburger is king among self-deprecating comics. But don’t feel too bad for him; it’s just a character. Tickets ($12) are available online. 8 PM.

Tuesday, June 19

WASHINGTONIAN HAPPY HOUR: Join The Washingtonian’s fashion team and local designer Rochelle Behrens at Johnny’s Half-Shell for a night of drinks and shopping. All clothes will be discounted 20 percent, and brand new shirts from Rochelle’s collection will be on display. Free. 5 PM.

Wednesday, June 20

BEER DINNER: DC Brau’s Brandon Skall and Clyde’s of Georgetown are teaming up to offer a tasty menu featuring soft-shell crabs, pork loins, half-smokes, and strawberry-hazelnut shortcake, each paired with a different offering from the brewery. Tickets ($55) are available online. 6 PM.

Thursday, June 21

BATTLE OF THE BAR EXAMS: Ever wonder if that lobbyist friend of yours has time for anything besides, you know, lobbying? It turns out many lawyers play as hard as they work—but can they play well? Find out at Thursday’s Battle of the Law Firm Bands at Black Cat, featuring 16 bands from the city’s biggest firms. Proceeds benefit a charity dedicated to helping the homeless. $10 at the door. 7 PM.

Know of something cool to do around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at or find him on Twitter at @jason_koebler.

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