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What to Do This Week: September 10 to 13

Compete in a drunken spelling bee, shop the District Sample Sale, and check out a Yelp-hosted petting zoo.

Mazza Gallerie hosts the District Sample Sale on Tuesday. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Payton Chung.

Monday, September 10

SPOKEN WORD/CABARET: La-Ti-Do, DC’s only spoken-word/cabaret series, continues tonight at Black Fox Lounge. Things kick off with a special performance by slam poet G. Yamazawa and spoken-word works from Regie Cabico, who has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and has won three national poetry prizes. Then things go musical with cabaret theater for the rest of the night. Tickets ($10 at the door) include one drink voucher. 8 PM.

Tuesday, September 11

FASHION: Head to Mazza Gallerie for the fifth annual District Sample Sale, featuring wares from more than 25 boutiques. You’ll find end-of-season items for up to 90 percent off their retail value. Even if you don’t find something you love, restaurants such as Rosa Mexicano, Ping Pong Dim Sum, and Black & Orange will be serving food samples, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets ($40) are available through EventFarm. 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, September 12

SPELLING: BlackFinn is trying to unseat Rock & Roll Hotel as DC’s go-to drunken-spelling-bee locale. Show that a little whiskey and beer doesn’t make you forget how to spell o-n-o-m-o-n-o-p-i-a and you could take home a prize. Twenty bucks gets you entry, a beer, and a shot. Additional drinks (specials include $3 Miller Lite, $4 rum punch, and $5 house wine) are on you or your friends who are hopefully sponsoring you. Can you spell hangover? $10 cover, $20 to spell. 6:30 PM.

Thursday, September 13

YELP PETTING ZOO AND DANCE PARTY: Yelp is mainly for people to complain about how their food took too long or how their steak was a little dry—but the go-to site for crowdsourced reviews is trying to throw its own event for you to critique. Yelp’s Fantasy Land will feature food from H &Pizza, Merzi, Quench, and more, drinks from Appleton Rum, Lost Rhino Brewing Company, and Vitamin Water, a petting zoo, a magician (illusionist?), massages, live painting, and a “silent” dance party (everyone will be listening to music on headphones). $5 at the door; RSVP online. 7 PM.

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

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