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What to Do This Weekend: August 15 to 18

Rock & Roll Hotel’s seventh birthday, Asia After Dark, and Rum Day DC.

Celebrate Rum Day DC at the Gibson on Saturday. Image via Shutterstock.

Thursday, August 15

BEER: Dogfish Head was recently named America’s best craft beer, and its close location kind of makes us feel like we were in on it first. The brewery will be taking over the taps at Penn Social for a bocce tournament tonight. Winners get beer, gift certificates, and other prizes. Tickets ($8) are available online. 6 PM.

VARIETY: Howard Theatre hosts Shindig, a variety show featuring comedians, dancers, digital shorts (what is this, SNL?), a house band, and two musical guests. Tickets ($15) are available online. 8 PM.

Friday, August 16

DEEJAY: With all the restaurants and clubs he runs, it’s easy to forget that Eric Hilton still plays music sometimes. It’s time for his yearly reminder, a three-night run at 9:30 Club. Thursday night is sold out, but there’s still tickets available for Friday and Saturday. Tickets ($45) are available online. 8 PM.

COMEDY: Wonderland Ballroom hosts You, Me, Them, Everybody, a variety/talk show that includes comedy and conversations with recent interesting people. Best reason to go this week: One of the guests is Ben Freed, who was recently fired from DCist for freelancing for BuzzFeed. Getting his side of the story could be cool. $5. 7:30 PM.

MUSIC: My, how fast the past seven years have gone: We barely remember DC without Rock & Roll Hotel. Celebrate one of H Street’s earlier gentrifiers with umm, a concert. DC’s Miyazaki, a new-wave dance band, headline, and Brooklyn’s Meals, who are also dancey, will open. Afterward, head upstairs or to the roof deck to keep the party going all night. Tickets ($10) are available online. 9 PM.

Saturday, August 17

BEER: Celebrate the end of DC Beer Week with more beer! Head to NoMa, DC’s best neighborhood (mostly because that’s where I can usually be found), for its Beer Fest, which will feature DC Brau, Chocolate City, District Chophouse, Capitol City Brewing, 3 Stars Brewing, Right Proper Brewing, and a special appearance from our neighbors to the north, Brewer’s Art. Mission South, a roots rock band, will supply the music, and there’ll be arts and crafts to keep the kids occupied and food trucks galore to help keep you going. Tickets ($10 for four tastings or two full beers) are available online. 2 to 8 PM.

RUM: Did you know Rum Day DC is a thing? Did you know it’s today? Head over to the Gibson for the Speakeasy Rum-B-Que, featuring pours of Bacardi, Mount Gay, Atlantico, and Chairman’s Reserve, bottomless punch stations, and lots and lots of grilled meat with rum-inspired barbecue sauces. Tickets ($95) are available online. Noon.

CULTURE: The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery hosts Asia After Dark, featuring live martial arts performances, hip-hop scores of classic kung fu flicks, 3D printed Buddhas (!), specialty cocktails, and more. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and “Chinese-inspired dress” is suggested. 7 PM.

Sunday, August 18

PHILANTHROPY: DC resident Pat Walsh was assaulted last month; to help him fix his teeth, Wonderland and the Dunes are holding a couple of events this weekend. Head to the Dunes with a dish to share for a potluck brunch (or just bring $5). Additional donations to the Fix-Pat’s-Teeth fund are appreciated. Noon.

BRUNCH: Satellite Room’s brunch party series features live music, three deejays, boozy milkshakes, and arcade game challenges. What more could you want? 2 PM.

MEAT: Anyone can toss a couple of burgers on the grill, but to truly be a master you’ve got to have your own recipes and techniques. Learn from the best at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue’s Meat Up, featuring tips and tricks from butchers at Wagshal’s Market. You’ll also get to sample and grill your own food. Tickets ($18) are available online. 5 PM.

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