Things to Do

What to Do This Week: March 17 to 20

A March Madness party, competitive Rock, Paper, Scissors, and more.

Try your hand at competitive Rock, Paper, Scissors with Penn Social’s tournament. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, March 17

ST. PATRICK’S DAY: The drunkest holiday of the year is on a Monday—but it’s also a snow day. Check out Best Bites Blog’s roundup of all-day happy hours, specials, and more. You can also head to the Mansion on O Street for a “wearing of the green” party, featuring a treasure hunt, a cash bar, and a chance to roam the mysterious, 100-room, secret-passage-laden mansion. Tickets ($20) are available online. 5:30 PM.

SEX: Sex Nerd Sandra, from the popular podcast of the same name, will be at the Pinch for a one-night-only live podcast. She’ll be answering all your sex and relationship questions live, especially if they involve the very scandalous topic of “monogamy.” Tickets ($18) are available online. 7 PM.

Tuesday, March 18

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS: Are you really good at being unpredictable? Or at least good at reading other people? Well then you’re probably an expert Rock, Paper, Scissors player, and you should check out the tournament at Penn Social for the chance to win all sorts of prizes, none of which have been announced yet. Proceeds help benefit Playworks, a charity dedicated to building new playgrounds. $15 in advance or $20 at the door. 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, March 19

BASKETBALL: March Madness is here, and office pools are fun, but sticking it to strangers can be just as fun—and you might even make some new friends. City Tap House hosts its Tap Into the Madness Bracket Party, at which it’ll cracktwo special casks of Sly Fox Brewing Company beers. Anyone who fills out a bracket will get a free happy hour beer for each day of the tournament and cheap beers all tournament. The winner will get a free trip to Philly, a $250 gift card to City Tap House Philadelphia, a huge TV, and a tour of Sly Fox brewery. Free. 5 PM.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The eighth annual Exposed DC photography show kicks off tonight with an opening reception at Long View Gallery. See 49 photographs by local artists depicting various views of Washington as you drink brews from Bluejacket and try food from Founding Farmers, Tel’veh Wine Bar, and more. The official after-party is at the Passenger from 8 to close. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. 6 PM (show runs through April 6).

Thursday, March 20

LOVE: New York Times Modern Love editor Daniel Jones and columnist Sara Eckel will be at Sixth & I to talk about their new books, Love Illuminated and It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single, both based on what they’ve learned from all those years working on the section. They’ll sign copies of their books and take audience questions afterward. Tickets ($12) and copies of each book are available online. 6 PM.

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