Things to Do

What to Do This Week: May 12 to 15

Storytelling with SpeakeasyDC at Town and a scientific discussion of Prometheus.

Hear stories about close calls with SpeakeasyDC at Town Danceboutique on Tuesday. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, May 12

LEARN: Head to Sixth & I Synagogue to discuss “The Confidence Gap,” an Atlantic cover story that explores why many women are less confident than men. Journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, who wrote the article (and co-authored the recent book The Confidence Code), will discuss the phenomenon, and Atlantic editor James Bennet will moderate. Tickets bought in advance get you a year’s subscription to the Atlantic. $15 to $35. 7 PM.

TRIVIA: Or you could do trivia at Wonderland, which is also sort of educational, I suppose. Free. 8 PM.

Tuesday, May 13

STORYTELLING: SpeakeasyDC takes over Town Danceboutique for Close Call, a storytelling night about near misses, narrow escapes, and other hair-raising escapades. If you’re running late, don’t worry about stopping for food and cutting it close—the BBQ Bus food truck will be parked out front, and unless you’re the world’s greatest storyteller, a tale about being slightly late to an event because you stopped for some grub probably isn’t going to be one for your regular story rotation. Tickets ($16) are available online. 8 PM.

Wednesday, May 14

DANCE: Moombahton Massive is going to try making you dance on a weekday at U Street Music Hall. If any type of music can make it happen, it’s probably moombahton, a DC-specific genre invented by Dave Nada of Nadastrom, who’s headlining—it’s a mix of reggaeton, Dutch house, and electro house music that sounds as trippy as you’d imagine. Tickets are $8 to $10 online or $12 at the door. 9 PM. 

Thursday, May 15

SCIENCE: Prometheus wasn’t a great movie—at least from what I’ve heard. But, somehow, it’s not only getting a sequel, it’s also getting dissected by some top scientists. The National Academy of Sciences hosts Prometheus Unbound, during which NIH, Johns Hopkins, Columbia University, and NAS scientists discuss what was and wasn’t possible in the movie, and the state of science and technology today. In between, Margot MacDonald and DJ AutoRock will interrupt with music, so the thing feels more like a party (which it is) than a scientific conference (which it also kinda is). Free. 6 PM.

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