What to Do This Weekend: March 6 to 9
The DC Craft Beer Festival, a comics arts expo, and U.S. Royalty’s album release party.
Thursday, March 6
BEER: DC Brau has a new beer, and DC United players are going to help launch it at Penn Social. Meet the team—and try Tradition Golden Ale with them—before they kick off their season this weekend. As always, Penn Social will have a whole bunch of games and TVs going; maybe you can beat a player at foosball or something. Free. 6 PM.
MUSIC: U.S. Royalty are releasing their sophomore album, Blue Sunshine, on vinyl, and they want to do something super-fancy to celebrate. They’ll be on the rooftop of P.O.V. at the W, where you can taste another brand new DC Brau beer. Free. 9 PM.
BOOKS: NPR hosts Word, a “book club of extraordinary women, wine, and music.” The best part is, you can ignore the “book” part for the moment— it just means Susan Minot will be selling and signing copies of her new novel, Thirty Girls. It’s worth a read, but there won’t be a quiz or anything if you want to buy it and read it later. Admission includes a glass of wine and music from blues musician Maritri Garrett. Tickets ($20) are available at the door. 7 PM.
Friday, March 7
FILM: DC Shorts hosts another Rewind night, where you can check out ten of the festival’s best films in 100 minutes—one film from each year. If you really like sitting in one place for more than three hours at a time, you can catch 20 films by checking out both shows. Tickets ($15) are available online. 7:30 and 9:30 PM.
TALK SHOW: DC’s live talk show “You, Me, Them, Everybody” heads to Wonderland Ballroom with a host of comedians, musicians, and other people of note, including you! If you go, that is. It’s free, it’s fun, and the whole place turns into a dance party afterward. Free. 7:30 PM.
DANCE: Black Cat hosts the Moon Bounce Dancing Affair, which does not actually have a moon bounce but does have plenty of dancing, which is an okay alternative, I guess. The night features hip-hop, house, and pop classics from the ’90s, so you already probably know things get a bit out of control. $7. 10 PM.
Saturday, March 8
PODCASTS: In the eight years it has been around, Uhh Yeah Dude has gained quite a following, due to Jonathan Larroquette and Seth Romatelli’s formula of making you listen to them and only them. No guests, no gimmicks, just two dudes talking about stuff (news, politics, pop culture, whatever) for eight years and 400 episodes. They’ll be at 9:30 Club for a live version of the show, which is sort of a gimmick, I guess. SELLOUTS. Tickets ($20) are available online. 6 PM.
WHISKEY: Why walk around Dupont Circle without whiskey when you can walk around Dupont Circle WITH whiskey? I ask the tough questions, I know. The second annual Whiskey Walk is this weekend, and it’s St. Patrick’s Day-themed. There’ll be specials on food, Guinness, and Smithwicks, and you’ll get eight shots of whiskey with your ticket so you won’t need any of those specials. Stay safe. Tickets ($55) are available online. Noon to 10.
COMICS: Blockbuster movies have ruined popular comics for all the nerds, so if you wanna be “underground” these days, you have to look to the indie publishers. If you’re new to the game, the Smudge comics arts expo at Artisphere is a good place to start: There’ll be make-your-own-comics workshops, face painting, and lots of indie publishers. Free. Noon to 6.
BEER: The DC Craft Beer Festival at the Convention Center features spring seasonals, which is funny, because spring is NEVER COMING. Your admission gets you unlimited two-ounce tastings of 150 craft beers, which is 300 ounces of beer, which is probably more than you need. Choose wisely. Tickets ($49) are available online. 1 and 7 PM.
Sunday, March 9
FILM: The Washington Jewish Film Festival is closing down after a week of screenings—bid it farewell with Cupcakes, which follows a group of friends that accidentally enter a singing contest and become really famous because they accidentally sing all the time, which is totally normal. Advance tickets are sold out, but there’ll be extras at the door. $25. 7:30 PM.
VARIETY: Tropicalia hosts Lipstick Revolt, a night of women-focused comedy, singing, dance performances, fashion, and panel discussions. Those with Y chromosomes are also welcome/encouraged to attend. Tickets ($10) are available online. 7 PM.
TEA: You’ve had tea, but have you had wacky, whimsical tea? I didn’t think so. THEARC hosts a day of fancy tea, fancy food, ballet, and circusy performances at the Ritz-Carlton. It’s not cheap, but it’s probably time to step up your tea game, anyway. Tickets ($150) are available online. 2 PM.
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