Monday, December 2
FOOD: Industry takeover nights at Mike Isabella’s Graffiato keep getting bigger and more elaborate. This month, Isabella gives up the kitchen to Greg Basalla of Boqueria, the team behind Level in Annapolis, and Top Chef contestant Eli Kirshtein, of Atlanta’s the Spence. As always, you’ll get free small bites at the first-floor pizza bar and specials on craft cocktails stirred up by one of the guest mixologists. Half of all proceeds will be donated to Martha’s Table. $10 (cash only). 10 PM.
Tuesday, December 3
TALKS: The DC Office of Planning has just launched the Lobby Project, a plan to temporarily use some of the city’s vacant space for events and other fun things. The first event and/or fun thing is called Nerds in NoMa, a series of happy hour talks about pressing issues in DC, complete with beer, wine, food, and a bunch of smart people discussing urban issues. This week, reps from BicycleSpace, the DC Office of Planning, and VerdeHouse will take over the lobby of 1200 First Street, Northeast, for the first topic: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: Better Cities. It’s a somewhat vague topic, but it should encompass new development, public transportation, and the benefits of creating a bike-friendly city. Free. 6 PM.
Wednesday, December 4
DATING: Cause PhilanthroPub is using Scandal, which somehow morphed from hilariously bad to a must-see over the past few years, to explore the implications of infidelity and deception. The discussion will explore when—if ever—it’s okay to cheat, as well as other tough topics, with booze to help fuel the discussion and prizes for the groups that spend the most at the bar. Tickets ($10) are available online. 6 PM.
Thursday, December 5
PARADE: You know Santa, but do you know Krampus, the dude who punishes bad little children? Get to know him with H Street’s Krampusnacht, a parade and celebration on H Street that starts with a gallery reception at Gallery O on H and ends with a dance party at Little Miss Whiskey’s. Wear a Santa outfit or dress up like Krampus, a horned satyr. $10 suggested donation. 6 PM.
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