What to Do This Week: November 18 to 21
A holiday gift basket class, comedy at Atlas Arts Center, and Sky Ferreira at 9:30 Club.
Monday, November 18
MUSIC: Tonight is almost certainly the last chance you’ll get to see Sky Ferreira at a small venue. The polarizing pop singer from Los Angeles just announced she’ll be opening for Miley Cyrus on her tour next year, so she’s probably about to blow up. She’s already got credibility from the critics and a drug arrest to go along with it, so look for her to start showing up in the tabloids any minute. Her music is pretty addictive, too. She co-headlines 9:30 Club with the Smith Westerns, an indie garage-rock band who had plenty of buzz a couple years ago. Tickets ($20) are available online. 7 PM.
Tuesday, November 19
FOOD & DRINK: Kayleigh Kulp, author of Booze for Babes (isn’t it just booze?), heads to Graffiato to teach a class about the differences between bourbon, rye, and whiskey, including tastes of some craft cocktails made with them. It’s all paired with tastings of dishes on Graffiato’s fall menu, and you’ll get an advance copy of Kulp’s book. Tickets ($35) are available online. 6 PM.
COMEDY: Finding comedy on H Street is pretty rare, so take the opportunity to get to Atlas Arts Center for Laughs at the Atlas, a one-off (for now) comedy night hosted by local comedians Jared Rockwell and Michael Gordon and featuring five other up-and-coming standups. $5. 8 PM.
Wednesday, November 20
STORIES: Story League moves to U Street Music Hall for its special Lies, Lies, Lies tournament. Winners of past storytelling competitions (featuring such topics as gossip, villains, gay love, and comedy) will tell of a time they deceived or were deceived by someone. The winner gets a cool $250. Tickets ($14) are available online. 7:30 PM.
Thursday, November 21
COCKTAILS: The holidays are coming up, which probably means you’re going to either host a bunch of people or attend various gatherings. Either way, it’s good to be able to whip up a super-fancy cocktail. Learn how at Black Whiskey’s Manhattans, Bottles, and Bitters event. You’ll learn how to make holiday gift baskets that don’t suck, using vintage and repurposed materials (not old comic strips, promise), and you’ll learn how to take some of the items in that gift basket (homemade bitters, etc.), to stir up delicious cocktails. We won’t blame you if you end up keeping everything for yourself. Tickets ($85) are available online. 7 PM.
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