Things to Do

What to Do This Week: July 15 to 18

A beer pong tournament at Penn Social, free movies, and the AT&T Best of Washington party.

Join us at our Best of Washington party Wednesday. Photograph by Rodney Bailey.

Monday, July 15

MUSIC: Pretend it’s 1999 again and head up to Merriweather for the
Last Summer on Earth tour, which combines the likes of Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, and Guster. BNL
(that’s what we’re calling them) are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year
and just released a brand new album. I have a feeling there’ll be plenty of old hits
to keep you satisfied. Tickets ($39.50 to $75) are available online. 5:30 PM.

Tuesday, July 16

BEER PONG AND COMEDY: There’s a two-fer going on at
Penn Social this week: Relive your college days (going big on the nostalgia this week, if you
didn’t notice) with a beer pong tournament. If you happen to win, you’ll gain entry
into the Maryland state beer pong championships, which is a real thing. Instead of
drinking Natty or Keystone Light, you can choose from more than 30 draft beers to
class things up a bit. Afterward, head upstairs for the bar’s weekly open-mike standup
comedy night: Sure, there’ll be some cringe-worthy performances, but that’s half the
fun. Free. 9 PM.

Wednesday, July 17

MOVIE (OUTSIDE): Instead of just showing old classics that have entered the public realm, the people
behind the U Street Movie Series are trying to make you think: This week, they’ll
be screening

The Nine Lives of Marion Barry
(which features
Washingtonian writer Harry Jaffe), an HBO doc that takes a hard look at the Mayor For Life. Head
over to the Harrison Rec Center when the sun goes down. Free.

MOVIE (INSIDE): Because sometimes the middle of July is just too hot for outdoor movies, Black Cat
is starting up Wet Hot Wednesday again. This week, they’ll be screening the timeless
stoner classic

Dazed and Confused
, with $5 drinks all night. Free. 8 PM.

Washingtonian’s annual event returns to the
National Building Museum, dishing up bites from participating 100 Very Best Restaurants and specialty cocktails.
Check out our recap of last year’s event, and buy your tickets ($125 to $175) before
they sell out.

Thursday, July 18

BOOZY SCIENCE TALKS: The Natural History Museum has a brand new exhibit focusing on genetics and the Human
Genome Project, and the nerds over at
Thirst are understandably excited about it. Smithsonian researchers and NIH fellows will
be at U Street Music Hall discussing all things genetics in an understandable and
fun (if you don’t think it’s fun, then a couple drinks might help) way. Tickets ($15)
are available online. 5:30 PM.

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