Monday, June 23
MUSIC: Flashband, a musician collective organization around these parts, is hosting a music discussion and listening event in which four panelists, including NPR’s Bob Boilen (of All Songs Considered), Stephanie Williams of DC Music Download, sound engineer Jake Grotticelli, and Brian Farrow, a bassist who tours with the Hackensaw Boys, will bring a song to listen to from a different genre. For an hour, you’ll listen to them and discuss why the panelist brought it. Before and after, there will be drinks and mingling at Darlington House. Tickets ($12) are available online. 7 PM.
Tuesday, June 24
BEST OF WASHINGTON: This week’s AT&T Best of Washington kickoff event is Yappy Hour at Lyon Hall. For $10 you’ll get two free drink tickets, appetizers, treats for your dog, and various goodies. Best of all, you’ll have the chance to buy discounted tickets to Best of Washington party next month. 6 PM; RSVP through Facebook.
FOOD TRUCKS: Food trucks took over the city maybe even faster than cupcakes did—but how do you run a successful one? And what happens inside those things, anyway? Tim Ebner, a food writer around town (most notably with Eater DC) hosts Under the Hood, a discussion with the people behind TaKorean, Crepe Amour, CapMac, and Hula Girl Truck, to find out how the whole food truck thing works. There will, of course, be food and drink. Tickets ($35) are available online. 5:30 PM.
Wednesday, June 25
DANCE: British deejay Skream has been doing this whole music thing for more than a decade, breaking onto the scene when he was just 15. Once an underground musician, he’s moved much more into the mainstream in the last couple years. He’ll be at U Street Music Hall with Nadastrom—made up of DC natives Dava Nada and Matt Nordstrom, who have since relocated to LA—to help you burn off some of the stress from the first couple days of the week. Tickets ($25) are available online. 9 PM.
Thursday, June 26
POOL PARTY: You love their food, but can DC’s best chefs stir up a good drink? Spoiler alert: Probably. Head to the Liaison Capitol Hill for Chefs Behind Bars, a pool party featuring chefs from Bar Pilar, Cava Mezze, Liberty Tavern, Art and Soul, Alba Osteria, Bibiana, and Good Stuff Eatery. There will also be Rappahanock oysters and some Southern small bites from Art and Soul. Tickets ($40) are available online. 6 PM.
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