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What to Do This Week: March 3 to 6

Play Ping-Pong for a cause and celebrate Mardi Gras.

Eat pizza and play Ping-Pong at Comet Ping Pong’s Paddlestar Galactica tournament practice on Tuesday. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Monday, March 3

FOOD: Most of Monday’s events have been canceled, thanks to the fact that it just won’t stop snowing and get warmer. Tentatively, you can check out Graffiato’s Industry Takeover Night, where (if you’re one of the first 20 people there) you’ll get a free signed copy of Eat Ink, a book about chefs and their tattoos. Chefs from Vermillion, the Partisan, and Beuchert’s Saloon take over Mike Isabella’s kitchen, and Rachel Sergi, barkeep at Lincoln, serves up specialty cocktails. As always, drinks are cheap and snacks are free. If it snows some more, check to make sure it’s still going on. $10. 10 PM.

Tuesday, March 4

PING PONG: DC is a city that loves puns, and as far as those go, “Paddlestar Galactica” for a Ping-Pong tournament is one of the better ones. Every Monday in March (except this Monday, because of the snow), Comet Ping Pong hosts practices for its tournament, at U Street Music Hall on March 30. Tonight is the kickoff event—you can sign up, take official photos, and learn more about 826DC, the Dave Eggers-owned charity that this whole thing benefits. $10. 6 PM.

MARDI GRAS: DC is a long way from the Big Easy, but you can still celebrate Fat Tuesday at Penn Social. The bar’s Mardi Gras night features specials on Abita, New Orleans’ favorite brew, plus live music, games, raffles, and dancing. Bring your own beads. Free. 7 PM. For more Mardi Gras fun, check out our roundup on Best Bites Blog.

Wednesday, March 5

DRINK: Artini is coming ever closer, with only five feature nights left before the big event later this month. Check out Farmers Fishers Bakers for cocktails stirred up by Jon Arroyo based on Jerome Myers’s painting “Life on the East Side.” Free. 6:30 PM.

Thursday, March 6

ART: The American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center hosts the DIY Handi-Hour, at which you can learn to make things while you drink beer. This time features beers hand-picked by Greg Engert of ChurchKey and music from the Danny Burns Band, and you’ll get all the materials and instruction needed to make some sort of still-to-be-determined craft. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, and all materials. Tickets ($20) are available online. 5:30 PM.

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

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