Things to Do

What to Do This Week: August 12 to 15

DC Beer Week, a toga bike ride, and a movie by the pool.

DC Beer Week: coming to a bar near you. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, August 12

BEER: Of all the food-and-libation-based weeks in DC,
Beer Week is without a doubt the booziest (until DC Everclear Week becomes a thing). Reps from
breweries all over the country hit DC’s best bars, take over taps, and get into fierce
arguments about fermenting times. Things get started with a big concert at the Howard
Theatre, featuring beer, free whiskey (for those wanting to kick it up a notch), and
rising bands such as Drop Electric, Redline Graffiti, Watermelon, and Urban Cartel.
$10 to $20. 7 PM.

Tuesday, August 13

MUSIC/BOOKS: Gender and sexuality are subjects a lot of people feel uncomfortable about, shy away
from, or really just don’t understand. But it’s not so tough! Singer/songwriter and
comic-book artist Jeffrey Lewis, the author of
Gender & Sexuality for Beginners, and the book’s editor, Jaimee Garbacik, appear at
Jammin Java for a release party. The book talk/concert should help you make sense of everything
you’ve ever wanted to know on the topic. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 the day
of. 7 PM.

Wednesday, August 14

BIKES: There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned toga party. The theme goes back to ancient
Greece, which must make it one of the first theme parties ever. Anyway,
DC Bike Party
, which has turned into a ridiculous force this summer, is doing a ride around while
wearing togas. As always, you and nearly 300 of your closest friends will wreak havoc
on traffic before ending up at Bardo Brewpub in Northeast for a couple of beers. Don’t
get the toga stuck in your chain! Free. 7:30 PM.

Thursday, August 15

MOVIE AND POOL: Outdoor movies are fine, but it’s rare you get to wear a bathing suit to one. Fix
that this week with Sixth & I, which is hosting its annual
Dive-In Movie at Capitol Skyline Hotel, featuring the ’80s classic
Airplane. Let’s hope your dives aren’t as terrifying as the plane’s. Tickets ($10) are available
online and include one drink. 7:30 PM.

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