Things to Do

What to Do This Week: May 19 to 22

Heavy Metal Mondays, an improv night, and plenty of happy hours.

Head to Mellow Mushroom on Thursday for Tour De Fat's pre-party. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson.

Monday, May 19

MUSIC: Going back to work after a beautiful weekend is the perfect way to take whatever good vibes you had built up and send your mood cratering back to Earth. If you’ve got some aggression to get out, check out Satellite Room’s Heavy Metal Mondays, where you can score Old Overholt and Bud Light shot/beer combos for $7 and listen to all the subgenres of heavy metal (with a focus on the “era of excess” from 1984 through 1991). The kitchen is open late, and the jean jackets will be plentiful. Free. 9:30 PM.

Tuesday, May 20

HAPPY HOUR: Judging by how crowded it always is, we’re guessing you and everyone else in this city have been spending plenty of time on Local 16’s rooftop. Kick off the summer right with Sun & Fun, an extended happy hour with $5 drinks, a gift bag featuring a coupon for $30 off some fancy sunglasses and who knows what else, all-you-can-eat light appetizers, and more. Proceeds benefit the DC Social Innovation Project, which funds new community programs. $20. 6 PM.

Wednesday, May 21

COMEDY: Snicker-Snack is the standup version of improv—11 comedians will take the stage at Wonderland Ballroom, you’ll scrawl down comedic suggestions, then they’ll pick some out of a hat and try to make you laugh about them. With no teammates to play off of, you’re likely to see a bit more stumbling than you’re used to, but you’ll also get to see the comedic process in action. Afterwards there’s a concert by “Green Day,” which I assume is a cover band or some huge joke (or potentially both). Free. 8 PM.

STORYTELLING: If you prefer performances that have been thought about and written down at length, check out Story League’s “Shady” storytelling night. Seven performers will tell a seven-minute story about a time they were involved in something shady—either sitting under a tree or some business deal or late-night shenanigans. $12. 9 PM.

Thursday, May 22

BEER: Over the past few years, Fat Tire’s Tour de Fat has become one of the city’s best outdoor events, featuring biking and beer—what more could you want? This year, there are a couple of lead-up events. Head to Mellow Mushroom to take some silly photos (with props), drink beer, eat pizza, win VIP tickets to Tour de Fat, and take home a fancy New Belgium glass. Free. 7 PM.

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