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What to Do This Week: March 4 to 7

Philly chef Kevin Sbraga takes over Graffiato and the DC Independent Film Festival kicks off.

Drew Cortese and Liche Ariza in The Motherf***er With the Hat at Studio Theatre. Photograph by Teddy Wolff.

Monday, March 4

FOOD: Rocklands in Arlington is launching its Grills Gone Wild menu for those of you with adventurous palates—try out alligator stew, snakehead tacos, beaver sausage, and wild halibut. Or just go with one of the normally delicious barbecue dishes.

FOOD: Kevin Sbraga, Top Chef season seven winner and owner of Philadelphia’s Sbraga, is taking a field trip to Graffiato tonight for its industry night, where you can taste free late-night snacks and heavily discounted cocktails till 1 AM. Jennifer Carroll, owner of New York’s Concrete Blonde, and Derek Brown, co-owner of the Passenger, will also serve up food and drinks. Free. 10 PM.

Tuesday, March 5

THEATER: Studio Theatre’s The Motherf***r With the Hat has been extended through March 24.* The play has been recommended by the Helen Hayes Awards and, as its title maybe implies, is a bit racier than what usually makes its way through DC. The play features “very strong language, adult content, nudity, and simulated drug use” as it follows Jackie, an ex-con, try to stay sober and in a healthy relationship. For more details, read Sophie Gilbert’s review. Tickets ($42 to $75) are available online. 8 PM.

Wednesday, March 6

DRINK: Artini feature night heads to the Passenger, which has arguably the best mixologists in the city. Alex Bookless stirs up concoctions based on Antonio Canova’s iconic Venus statue. Hopefully the drinks aren’t concrete-flavored. Free. 6 PM.

Thursday, March 7

FILM: The DC Independent Film Festival opens Thursday at the US Navy Memorial Theater. Things start off with a screening of the Swiss film Boys Are Us, which follows a pair of brokenhearted teenage girls who decide to get revenge on the male gender. Afterward, there’ll be a reception with beer, wine, other reception-y things. Tickets ($15) are available online. 6:45 PM.

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

*This post has been updated from a previous version. 

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