Things to Do

What to Do This Week: February 18 to 20

Literary Death Match, Alfred Hitchcock screenings, and another Artini feature night.

The Corcoran screens Alfred Hitchcock movies as part of its Corcoran Uncorked series. Photograph by Flickr user Yaffa Phillips.

Tuesday, February 18

DRINKS: Washingtonian hosts an Artini feature night at the Gibson, where you’ll find mixologist Frank Jones stirring up martinis inspired by Thomas Hart Benton’s Martha’s Vineyard series of paintings. The surreal works seem to fit well with what happens when you drink a couple of drinks, which are sure to be delicious. If you come out to every Artini feature night, you’ll receive a complimentary 1869 Society membership at the Corcoran. Free. 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, February 19

ART: The Corcoran will be screening Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Rear Window on its big screen as part of its Corcoran Uncorked series. The films will be more background noise than anything, as you’ll learn to screen-print your own vintage movie poster and have the chance to tour “Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd,” which was inspired by the golden era of Hollywood leading women of the 1950s and ’60s. There’ll also be movie trivia, popcorn tastings, and drinks. Tickets ($12) are available online. 5 PM.

Thursday, February 20

WORDS: Writing isn’t normally a bloodsport, but it is at Literary Death Match, which comes to Sixth & I synagogue for one night only. Four authors, including Simpsons writer and I Love You, Beth Cooper author Larry Doyle, Danielle Evans (Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self), Elizabeth Winder (Pain Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1954) , and HBO Def Poetry Jam poet Regie Cabico will read from their own work for seven minutes and get evaluated by three of DC’s strictest judges. The two finalists will compete in an improv challenge, and only one will leave the ring alive (or with any sort of dignity, whatever). Tickets ($12) are available online. 7:30 PM.

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