Things to Do

What to Do This Week: February 10 to 13

The first Artini feature night, free comedy at the Kennedy Center, and a Valentine’s bike ride.

The first Artini feature night at P.O.V. offers specialty cocktails inspired by works of art. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

Monday, February 10

COMEDY: You’ve seen Kurt Braunohler on IFC and Comedy Central and heard him on his podcast, This American Life, and RadioLab; you might also know him from his hilarious partnership with Kristen Schaal. And now you can see him for free at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. There’ll be a special happy hour afterward with food specials, so you can make a night out of it. Free. 6 PM.

Tuesday, February 11

DRINK: Artini is coming once again, and once again Washingtonian is your proud media sponsor. As usual, before the big event, there’s a series of feature nights where the city’s best mixologists show off their stuff, so you’ll know what to drink come March. Things get started at the W’s P.O.V. rooftop lounge, where mixologist Joe Ambrose mixes up Breezes by the Sea, inspired by American impressionist Childe Hassam’s “A North East Headland,” which, as you might have guessed, is a sea scene. If you hit all the feature nights and go to Artini, you’ll get a complimentary membership to the Corcoran’s 1869 Society. Free. 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, February 12

BIKE: We love puns and love biking and we’re pretty much okay with Valentine’s Day, so we approve of DC Bike Party’s Sexual Wheeling ride. After a freezing couple of months, you’ll have the balmy mid-February weather to warm you up. But seriously, that winter vortex has wandered off, and things are a little more tolerable. Dress in red or whatever else you think is Valentine’s Day-ey and meet at the Dupont Circle fountain for a ride around the city that ends with a dance party at Patty Boom Boom. Free. 7:30 PM.

Thursday, February 13

GIRLZ: Slate’s DoubleX blog hosts Galentine’s Day at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. The evening features DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin and LGBTQ editor June Thomas, the New Republic’s Noreen Malone, and Date Lab’s Christina Antoniades. The group will talk about disasters that have occurred on Date Lab, modern dating, culture, politics, and whatever else is on your mind, because you can ask your own questions! Crazy. Tickets ($20) are available online. 7 PM.

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