Things to Do

What to Do This Week: June 11 to 14

Meet George Pelecanos, hear some storytelling, and have a drink on us.

Photos from the first AT&T Best of Washington happy hour. The second one happens Wednesday at Clarendon Ballroom. Photographs by Alberto Flores.

Monday, June 11

Our resident badass crime noir novelist/The Wire writer
George Pelecanos is back with his latest book,
The Cut. This one’s about an investigator who recovers
stolen property for a defense lawyer—for a price. Soon, a crime boss
him to do some investigating, and things get sticky. Pelecanos
will be reading from, discussing, and signing the book at the
14th Street Busboys & Poets. Free. 7:30 PM.

Tuesday, June 12

If my experience with it is any indication, it’s not really in the
Recording Industry Association of America’s
nature to do nice stuff. But at Tuesday’s happy hour, enjoy an open bar,
food, and entertainment from the Levine School
of Music
in the Recording Association of America’s DC
headquarters. At just ten bucks, it’s less than the price of a legal
digital download of that crappy
Carly Rae Jepsen CD you’ve been considering. Tickets ($10) are available online. 6 PM.

Wednesday, June 13

Grab a drink with
Washingtonian staffers and buy discounted tickets to next month’s
Best of Washington party at our second happy hour promoting the event. A $5 donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society gets you entry, a drink
on us, free appetizers, and drink specials on Clarendon Ballroom’s rooftop. $5. 5 PM.

Thursday, June 14

Washington’s best storytellers (not that guy at work who got sooo wasted last weekend and got in a fight at Jumbo Slice) take
the mike at Black Cat’s backstage with
And I Am Not Lying.” The event features comedy and storytelling from
This American Life’s
Jeff Simmermon,
The Moth podcast’s
Brad Lawrence, and more. Cherry Pitz and Amelia Bareparts (yikes to those names) do some burlesque beforehand. Tickets ($12) are available
online. 8 PM.