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What to Do This Week: June 24 to 27

A New Belgium Brewing takeover at Penn Social and the last Best of Washington happy hour.

New Belgium Brewing takes over Penn Social on Thursday. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Monday, June 24

MOVIE: This week, Crystal City’s outdoor film festival features Crash, the 2004 crime drama that explored racism by showing a series of interconnected lives in modern-day Los Angeles. The movie won three Oscars, including Best Picture, even though it didn’t kill it at the box office, so maybe it’s good you’ll get a chance to see it for free tonight. The movie gets started right outside the Metro at sunset.

Tuesday, June 25

DISCUSSION: The space race and the civil rights movement aren’t often lumped together, but President Kennedy used the dawn of the space age to integrate many parts of the federal government. Join authors Richard Paul and Steven Moss at the Fifth and K location of Busboys and Poets for a discussion about how the two movements were connected. Free. 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, June 26

HAPPY HOUR: Head out to our last Best of Washington happy hour at Bethesda Row—the lane will be blocked off for a private party featuring food, treats, and drinks from Dolcezza Gelato, Cafe Deluxe, Cosi, Jaleo, Luke’s Lobster, Redwood, Mon Ami Gabi, Mussel Bar & Grill, and more. A donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma society gets you two drinks and four food tastings; you can also pick up discounted tickets to the Best of Washington party on July 17. $15. 6 PM.

Thursday, June 27

BEER: New Belgium Brewing takes over Penn Social’s taps, serving up rare pours from one of America’s hottest craft brewers as well as old standbys such as Fat Tire. Besides the normal Penn Social games, there’ll be a free Rolle Bolle tournament, which is kinda like curling without the ice or sweeping. It’s also the name of a new pale ale from New Belgium. Winner of the tournament gets a bike! Free. 6 PM.

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