Things to Do

What to Do This Week: September 17 to 20

See Marilyn Monroe’s last movie, talk like a pirate, and drink wine with gorillas (not the “Jersey Shore” kind).

The National Zoo hosts Grapes With the Apes this Thursday. Photograph by Flickr user angela n.

Monday, September 17

MOVIES WITH DEAD PEOPLE IN THEM: AFI Silver continues its Marilyn Monroe retrospective with the 1961 classic

The Misfits
. Monroe starred opposite Clark Cable, who plays a soon-to-be over-the-hill cowboy
vying for her love. The movie is notable for a few reasons: Gable died of a heart
attack barely a week after filming, legendary playwright Arthur Miller wrote the screenplay,
and it was Monroe’s last completed movie. Tickets ($11.50) are available online. 7

Tuesday, September 18

Nationals kick off one of their last home stands of the year against the Dodgers, who are trying
(not very well) to sneak into the last playoff spot. Barring an epic collapse, the
Nats are going to make the postseason, but this is your last chance this season to
grab $2 tickets before things get jacked way up for the playoffs. Tickets ($2 to way
more than $2) are available online. 7 PM.

Wednesday, September 19

International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which I think is something the Internet made up because people are collectively
pretty nerdy. Practice your pirate at the Front Page, which will be serving up Captain
Morgan rum drink specials and fish and chips all night. 4 PM to midnight. 

Thursday, September 20

BAD IDEAS: Have you ever wanted to drink wine in the Great Ape House at the zoo? You’d never
thought of it? Weirdo. The zoo hosts
Grapes With the Apes, featuring wine (DUH) from both local and national vineyards, live music, and more
Western lowland gorillas than you get at your average bar (outside Jersey, at least).
It’d be fun if the gorillas were the bartenders, just sayin. Tickets ($55) are available
online. 6 PM.

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