Where & When: This Week in Washington Nightlife

Screen on the Green (finally) kicks off, Henry Waxman discusses Congress and legislation, Belgian's Independence Day fun, and more.

Monday, July 20: Screen on the Green
Monday summer nights are finally the same! Screen on the Green (finally) kicks off tonight with Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The film will be shown at dusk (around 8:30) at the National Mall. Feeling rusty? Check out our tips.

Tuesday, July 21: Belgian Independence Day Celebration
Brasserie Beck celebrates Belgian Independence Day with a beer-and-food (note the order) extravaganza. Chef Robert Wiedmaier has selected a slew of over 20 different belgian brews for the tasting, which will be complimented by a selection of grilled sausages, mussels and more. Tickets ($100) can be purchased by phone at 202-408-1717. 7 PM.

Wednesday, July 22: The Waxman Report
Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman will be at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue to read and discuss his first book, The Waxman Report: How Congress Really Works. The event, which is sponsored by Politics and Prose, starts at 7. Tickets($6) can be purchased here.

Thursday, July 23: Cruise Control
Long before Katie, Suri, and Oprah, Tom Cruise was actually a likeable, not-crazy star. Relive those good old days at the Capital Riverfront's screening of Top Gun. The film, which made Cruise a star, will be shown at dusk (8:45) over by Tingey Plaza. Food, drinks and a photo booth are available prior to the screening.

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