Things to Do

What to Do This Week: January 6 to 9

LivingSocial’s Adult Spelling Bee and “Top Chef” alumni at Graffiato’s Industry Takeover Night.

Graffiato in Chinatown appears to have closed. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson.

Monday, January 6

EAT: A year ago, Mike Isabella started his hugely popular Industry Takeover Night at Graffiato. To celebrate the anniversary, he’s inviting some fellow Top Chef alums, including Jennifer Carroll, Angelo Sosa, and top local chefs such as Victor Albisu, Scott Drewno, and Adam Sobel, to take over his restaurant. As always, it’ll cost you $10 to get in, and you get complimentary bar bites and huge discounts on specialty cocktails and wines served by Andre Mack, owner of Mouton Noir Wines. For this larger-than-normal celebration, both the first and second bars will be open until 2. $10. 10 PM.

Tuesday, January 7

SPELL: DC couldn’t survive without at least one drinking-and-spelling competition, so it’s nice to see that LivingSocial has j-o-i-n-e-d Rock & Roll Hotel’s Friday night Spelling Bee Buzzzz*. Check out the Adult Spelling Bee Happy Hour at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street spot—you’ll get a free beer with admission, and if you win, you’ll get a another beer, a mug, or tickets to a future event. $5. 6 PM.

Wednesday, January 8

PAINT: If your New Year’s resolution was to learn how to paint, the Corcoran is giving you the chance to cross it off the list really quickly. At its Create at the Corcoran Happy Hour, professional painting instructor Joey Manlapaz will take you through the steps of producing a still-life painting. You’ll get all the supplies you need, and you can buy wine and other snacks on site—after you paint them! (Or before, whatever.) Tickets ($30) are available online. 6:30 PM.

Thursday, January 9

DANCE: Brooklyn’s dancey Avan Lava takes over U Street Music Hall with its new disco-y grooves and crazy live laser light show for the venue’s Kick Kick Snare pop-up. UK deejay Bright Light Bright Light brings his take on ’90s dance music, and Mixtape deejays keep the party going in between. Tickets ($15) are available online. 9 PM.

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*This post has been updated from a previous version.