Things to Do

What to Do This Week: September 4 to 6

A classic Steve Martin flick plus a signing and happy hour for “Suri’s Burn Book.”

A Bar at Avenue Suites hosts a happy hour and book signing on Wednesday. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Tuesday, September 4

’80S MOVIE: AFI Silver’s
Totally Awesome ’80s festival brings your favorite flicks from the days of neon leggings and bad hair
back to the big screen. Wash down that barbecue you ate this weekend with some popcorn
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, a Steve Martin spoof on ’40s noir films. Tickets ($11.50) are available through
AFI’s website. 9:45 PM.

Wednesday, September 5

CELEB PARODIES: Suri may have gotten away from her wackjob father thanks to Katie Holmes, but a few
years with Mr. Cruise must have made her vindictive.
Allie Hagan, the creator of
Suri’s Burn Book, just came out with a book based on the blog in which a (fictitious, duh) Suri talks
smack about the Shiloh Jolie-Pitts and Blue Ivy Carters of the world. The bar at Avenue
Suites in Georgetown is hosting a book signing and happy hour with Hagan—bring all
the judgy thoughts you’ve ever had about celeb babies to share. 6 PM. RSVP to

Thursday, September 6

DC Shorts film festival kicks off Thursday—get it started right with one of two showcases (and food pairings)
at Landmark E Street Cinema. At 7 PM, Chef
Ed Witt (of 701) will make crostini with lamb tartare to go with
Murder Mouth, an Australian movie about a woman who decides to only eat animals she kills herself.
You’ll also get eight other movies—including one about karma, one about an autistic
man going on a job interview, and one about the potential pitfalls of taking naked
pictures of yourself—to watch while you digest. At 9:30, another set of movies starts—no
food this time, but you’ll watch films about the Philippine sugar-cane industry, a
love that’s reignited on New Year’s Eve, and a guy who decides to use voodoo to do
good. Tickets ($12 for each showcase) are available online. 7 and 9:30 PM.

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