Things to Do

What to Do This Week: May 20 to 23

Sample Adams Morgan restaurants’ food for a cause and see a musical parody of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Try food from Mellow Mushroom and more AdMo restaurants on Tuesday. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson.

Monday, May 20

ART (SORTA): After a couple years of hiatus, Artomatic made its triumphant return to DC last year, and things apparently went well enough that it’s happening again this year. No details yet, but maybe you can get some at the planning happy hour at Old Dominion Brewhouse near the Convention Center. Officials will be on hand, and if you’ve got the planning bug, you can get involved yourself. Free. 6 PM.

Tuesday, May 21

EAT: A dozen of Adams Morgan’s best restaurants, including Mellow Mushroom, Pi Pizzeria, Bardi’as New Orleans Cafe, and Bossa Bistro will be serving up samples to benefit Mary’s Center, which helps families that fall through government assistance programs’ cracks. Stumbling down 18th street because you’re full, not drunk, is a much better look, trust us. $20 for four tasting tickets or $30 for 7. 4:30 to 8 PM.

DANCE: It’s been streaming for a week, but chances are you haven’t gotten to hear Daft Punk’s latest album on anything besides your headphones or disappointing computer speakers. It’s time to hit the dance floor with this thing—U Street Music Hall will be blasting the vinyl edition out of its amazing sound system. Free for 21 and up, $5 for 18 to 20. 8 PM.

Wednesday, May 22

BEER: Employees from DC Brau will be at Penn Social serving up the brewery’s new El Hefe Speaks seasonal beer and answering questions about the brewing process. Grab a few discounted brews, and then hit the shuffleboard and pool tables or play cornhole or giant Jenga. Free. 6 PM.

Thursday, May 23

MUSICAL: Fifty Shades of Grey seems very last summer to me, but if we’re going to poke fun at that craze, better late than never. Spank, a musical parody of the book that apparently saved stale marriages nationwide, hits the Fillmore for a quick four-night run filled with double entendres, dirty puns, and lots of misunderstandings. Tickets ($39.50) are available online. 7 PM.

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