Things to Do

Where and When Weekly: What to Do This Week

Valentine's Day fun, a ZipCar party (with an open bar!) and more fun taking place this week.

Monday, February 11: V-Day in Drag
It’s a man! It’s a woman! It’s—a female illusionist? On February 11, head over to the National Theatre (1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-628-6161) for Ella and Company: Call Me Madame!, a Valentine’s drag show. Ella Fitzgerald (Donnell Robinson), the star of the show, has been performing in DC for more than 30 years, including at Ziegfeld’s cabaret, which closed in 2006 for the construction of the new Nationals ballpark. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the starlet will be joined by team of drag performers for an evening of song and dance, and glitz and glamour.

Tuesday, February 12: Party With ZipCar
Driving in Washington? Not fun. But sometimes you have to drive. If the rent-it-when-you-need-it idea appeals, head to Rocket Bar (714 Seventh St., NW; 202-628-7665) tonight for Zipcar’s Mix N Mingle event. Learn more about the service­—and enjoy shuffleboard, pool, and an open bar from 6 to 9 PM. The Zipcar folks are hinting at a dance-off. (No promises.) But you can’t get in unless you RSVP. Read on to do so.

Wednesday, February 13: Play Love Songs on Your iPod
Head over to Cafe Saint-Ex for their monthly iPod jukebox night. Bring along the mp3 player, preload twelve minutes’ worth of music onto it, hand it over to the DJ, get yourself a beer, and sit and listen while your (and everyone else’s) diverse set list gets played to the masses. Tonight, put together a romantic playlist in honor of Valentine’s Day—or a playlist about how much love just sucks. That’s the great thing about the iPod DJ night: it’s your choice.

Thursday, February 14: It Has Something to Do with Roses and Chocolates…

Oh, right—it’s Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re looking for sappy romance or the ultimate anti-Valentine’s Day evening, we’ve got a guide to what you need for a good time. From luxury-hotel getaways to whiskey-infused bar parties to romantic restaurants, it’s all here. Read on for the scoop that’ll make your Valentine’s Day as good—or as bad—as you want it to be.