Things to Do

What to Do This Week: March 5 to 8

Try out new tequilas, experience Jimi Hendrix, and learn more about the Arab Spring.

Photograph by M.K. Tye.

Monday, March 5
DRINKS: Cinco de Mayo is exactly two months away—it’s time to brush up on your agave acumen so you won’t embarrass yourself on the big day. Oyamel’s Tequila and Mezcal Festival kicks off today with complimentary mezcal tastings from 4 to 6 PM and food and drink specials afterward. The festival runs through March 18; for a full schedule of events, visit Oyamel’s website.

Tuesday, March 6
MUSIC: You’re extremely lucky if you’ve seen Jimi Hendrix live; for those of us who weren’t born yet or didn’t have good musical tastes back in the ’60s, see the next best thing with Experience Hendrix at Strathmore. A host of musicians, many of them legends in their own right, will take on Hendrix’s most popular tunes. Scheduled to perform: Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Dweezil Zappa, and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith. Only limited tickets ($75) remain, so act quickly; they’re on sale through Strathmore’s website. 8 PM.

Wednesday, March 7
LECTURE: Remember when Arab Spring sprung seemingly out of nowhere? It was called an ‟intelligence disaster for the US”—should the CIA have known more? What did they know? Find out more at ‟Intel and the Arab Spring: What Does the Future Hold?” at the International Spy Museum. A think-tank expert and a former CIA agent will discuss how the US can predict similar events in the future. Tickets ($15) are available through the museum’s website. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Thursday, March 8
DRINKS: There’s more to drinking than downing a rum and Coke or a gin and tonic. Learn the art of a well-made martini with mixologist Rachel Sergi from 6:30 to 8:30 at Jack Rose Dining Saloon, one of many Artini ‟feature nights” The Washingtonian is sponsoring before the big final competition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art at the end of the month.

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