Things to Do

What to Do This Week: April 15 to 18

Snag Tax Day drink discounts and hear poet laureate Natasha Trethewey read at the Newseum.

Get free whiskey at Jack Rose in honor of Tax Day. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, April 15

TAX RELIEF: It’s awful, awful Tax Day—let’s hope unlike me you won’t be standing in line at the post office forever. The Palm is offering a free appetizer during happy hour with a drink purchase to ease your tax woes or help you celebrate your refund early. Jack Rose is giving out free English whiskey to celebrate throwing tea in the Boston Harbor (or something), and BLT Steak has half off all alcoholic beverages all day long.

The Palm and Jack Rose: 5 to 7 PM

BLT Steak: All day

Tuesday, April 16

POETRY: Poet laureate Natasha Trethewey will be at the Newseum reading some of her own works, discussing the importance of both poetry and the poet laureate position in modern society, and talking about how her life experiences (her stepfather murdered her mother when Trethewey was 19) influenced her poetry. RSVP by e-mailing Ashlie Hampton at Free. 7 PM.

Wednesday, April 17

VILLAINS: In Skyfall, Javier Bardem’s Raoul Silva was one of the most evil Bond villains in recent memory. Silva’s antics and goofy, slicked-back hair bring to mind a more-proficient-with-a-gun Julian Assange. Head to the Spy Museum to hear Dave Marcus, director of threat research and intelligence for McAfee, and Mark Stout, the Spy Museum’s historian, discuss the realities of cyberterrorism and whether Silva could have ever pulled off his attacks in real life. Tickets ($15) are available online. 6:30 PM.

Thursday, April 18

THEATER: For months, the best college actors, writers, and directors have been duking it out in regional tournaments for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. One of those plays has finally made it to the big stage: Spanish poet Juan Ramon Jimenez’s Platero y Yo, which follows a little donkey named Platero through a few different stories. The play will be performed in Spanish with English subtitles by actors from the University of Puerto Rico. Free. 6 PM.

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