Things to Do

What to Do This Week: January 21 to 23

Hang with monster truck drivers at Penn Social and get a sneak peek at a Washington Ballet rehearsal.

Hang with some monster truck drivers at Penn Social on Thursday. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Tuesday, January 21
COMEDY: Nick’s Riverside Grill on the Georgetown waterfront hosts a weekly comedy show that goes beyond the normal open-mike standup you’re used to (though there’s some of that too). Pay $25 for a three-course prix-fixe meal, then stick around for sketch comedy, improv, comedy games, funny songs, and, yes, a bit of standup.
Dinner: $25, 8 PM
Show: Free, 9 PM

Wednesday, January 22
BALLET: Catch a working rehearsal of one of the Washington Ballet’s upcoming performances at its every-once-in-a-while Beer, Ballet & Bubbly event. You’ll likely get to see a rehearsal for either the company’s upcoming jazz and blues project at Sidney Harman Hall, or for the Beatles and Rolling Stones show happening in early March at the Kennedy Center. Tickets include beer, Champagne, and appetizers. Tickets ($30) are available online. 6:30 PM. UPDATE 01/22: Due to inclement weather the event has been canceled; check the website for details on the next event. 

Thursday, January 23
MONSTER JAM: Monster trucks are still a thing, and they’ll be at Verizon Center this weekend. But before that happens, get in on the action (sort of) at Penn Social, where you can meet some monster truck drivers, take them on in remote-control truck races, and have a few drinks with them. There’ll be specials on wings and drinks until 8. Let’s hope Gravedigger doesn’t drive home from the bar. Free. 5 PM.

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