Things to Do

What to Do This Weekend: October 11 to 14

Wig Night at Mad Rose, Sixth & I’s Mock the Vote, and the Snallygaster Beer Fest.

Break out your most awesome fake hair for Mad Rose’s Wig Night. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Thursday, October 11

FOOD: For five years,
Common Good City Farm has been teaching lower-income DC families how to grow their own healthy food. We’re
sure you’re good in the kitchen, but take the night off and try plates prepared by
chefs from Smoke and Barrel, Ulah Bistro, El Floridano, Taylor Gourmet, and Whole
Foods as they take Common Good’s fresh food and turn it into tasty samplers. Taste
of Common Good also features live jazz, gardening workshops, and behind-the-scenes
tours of the farm. Register for tickets ($50) online. 5 PM.

Chris O’Brien believes you don’t have to shotgun a Natty Light and then hurl the empty, razor-sharp
can into a nearby creek where it’ll cut some poor, unsuspecting fish and/or beaver
in order to enjoy beer. For years, the “beer activist” has been promoting sustainable,
organic brewing all around the world. He’ll be serving up some of his favorite beers,
which Cowgirl Creamery will pair with fresh cheeses, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue’s

Bleus & Brews. Tickets ($25, or $30 with a Sixth & I pint glass) are available online. 7 PM.

Friday, October 12

GOOD CAUSES: Turning the Page helps parents help their children learn, supplementing their education
where school failed them. Support a good cause and have a blast yourself with
Carpe Noctem, featuring an open bar, food, dancing, and more than 100 silent auction items for
sale. Tickets ($40) are available online. 6 PM.

EXOTIC PARTIES: After years of successfully throwing parties at the French Embassy that vastly improved
French-American relations,
Brightest Young Things is doubling down this year with two nights of the French Underground. Friday features
performances from Wax Tailor, White Life, and DJ Chris Nitti; Saturday you get Tomorrow’s
World, Housse de Racket, Yan Wagner, and more. Both nights feature hipsters, French
hipsters, striped dresses and sweaters, mustaches (ironic and otherwise), art, food,
and probably strobe lights.
Oui, s’il vous plaît. Tickets ($20) are available through Eventbrite. 8 PM.

WIGS: Your hair usually looks pretty weird anyway—might as well cover it up with a wig
for one night. Mad Rose Tavern is hosting
Wig Night, a night where you wear wigs and drink alcohol. Think of it as a warmup for Halloween,
a chance to look like Katy Perry, or just the opportunity to make an easy donation
to the American Cancer Society—a percentage of bar sales will go to support the cause.
$10 suggested donation. 9 PM.

Saturday, October 13

BEER: Greg Engert, the guy behind Rustico’s Oktobeerfest must have been all like, “LivingSocial, I
see you” after the deals site threw a series of super-successful beer festivals this
year, because he’s back with
Snallygaster. The festival, named after a mythical creature, features more than 100 beers, ciders,
and ales (including more than two dozen pumpkin ales) hand-picked by Engert. The festival
also offers some pretty exotic food, including fried pig tails, which he describes
as being like chicken wings with rib meat. Yum. Tickets ($25, including 25 drink and
food tickets and a mug) are available online. 1 PM.

JOKES: The President and his challenger sure have given us a lot of opportunities to make
fun of them this election season, haven’t they? If animated gif Tumblrs, Photoshopped
images, and whatever lame quips your stupid too-liberal/too-conservative friend posted
on Facebook after the debate Thursday just aren’t cutting it, go watch some pros do
the candidates dirty. Comedy Central’s
Jordan Carlos (Indecision), MSNBC’s
Jeff Kreisler, and
The Onion’s
Lee Camp will pillory the Prez and ream out Romney at Sixth & I’s
Mock the Vote. Tickets ($15) are available online. 10:30 PM.

PAINTING DEATH MATCH: Watch some of the city’s best artists battle to the death (or to some arbitrary judged
end, whatever) at Red Palace’s
Super Art Fight, which really needs to be capitalized to emphasize its excitingness, so let’s try
night that combines BOOZE, PAINT, CANVASES, and SPEED PAINTING as teams of two are
forced to paint things that you, the bloodthirsty audience, choose. Tickets are $15,
available online or at the door. 9:30 PM.

Sunday, October 14

VINO: For many of us, every week is wine week. But this week is officially
DC Wine Week
, meaning you’ll find vino deals and special food pairings at many local restaurants
that would tickle Dionysus’s fancy. Check out the website for more information about
who’s participating. Cheers to that.

PRIORITIES: Prove you’re the best/worst boy/girlfriend ever by skipping/guilt tripping your boy/girlfriend
to look at art and listen to music instead of football at the Phillips Collection’s

SunDate. Pianist
Charlie Albright will just be hitting his stride as the Redskins take the field. But he’s been lauded
by the
Washington Post and NPR, and for $50, you’ll get two concert tickets, two drinks, and a dessert.
4 PM.

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