Monday, November 4
STORYTELLING: At most storytelling nights, you’re expected to sit there and listen, laugh, and take an otherwise passive role. Not so at Science Club’s Perfect Liars Club: Four people will tell you a story, one of which will be a lie. It’s up to you and the rest of the audience to interrogate them all and prove which one’s not telling the truth. $5. 7 PM.
FOOD: Graffiato is doing Halloween late, using tonight’s industry takeover night to dress up as a Korean restaurant. Mike Isabella has invited Jonah Kim from Baltimore’s Pabu, Danny and Yesoon Lee from Mandu, and Louisville chef Ed Lee to take over his kitchen for the night. From 10 until late, you’ll get bar snacks and drink specials whipped up by the chefs. $10. 10 PM.
Tuesday, November 5
MUSIC: You know him as the frontman for the Decemberists, but his friends probably just call him Colin. Get to know Colin Meloy like an old pal at a pretty intimate show at the Lincoln Theatre. He’ll be playing Decemberists songs and a series of covers he’s released as a solo EP—expect cuts by Morrissey, Sam Cooke, the Kinks, and Shirley Collins on his first solo tour in five years. Tickets ($35) are available online. 7 PM.
INTERNET: Alexis Ohanian cofounded Reddit, arguably the world’s most important social website right now. Even if you don’t visit the site, which can often be a dark and scary place, nearly every news organization uses it to generate content. Ohanian will be at George Washington University talking about how Reddit blew up (and why he eventually sold it to Condé Nast), Internet freedom, and the art of founding a tech startup. Free. 8 PM.
Wednesday, November 6
CRAFTS: Basket-weaving and drinking don’t exactly seem like they go together (though baskets could make good six-pack carriers), but we’ll do anything if the Smithsonian and ChurchKey’s Greg Engert put their names behind the two activities. To celebrate the opening of “A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets,” the Renwick Gallery is having another Handi-Hour. You’ll learn how to make a basket, get two craft beers selected by Engert for the occasion, and get the chance to listen to live music by Gold Top County Ramblers as you work. With the Renwick about to undergo renovation, it’ll be the last Handi-Hour for a while. Tickets ($20) are available online. 5:30 PM.
Thursday, November 7
GIN: Last year was whiskey; this year, the hot spirit is gin (but not hot gin). Get to know it outside the classic “and tonic” combination at Vinoteca’s gin-tasting party, featuring new pours from Virginia’s Copper Fox Distillery. Copper Fox’s owner, Rick Wasmund, will give out complimentary tastings, and Vinoteca’s Horus Alvarez will be mixing up specialty gin cocktails during happy hour for $7 a pop. 6 to 8 PM.
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