Things to Do

What to Do This Week: July 28 to 31

Chefs Behind Bars at Buffalo & Bergen and the “people’s choir” sing-along at Stetson’s.

Drink cocktails whipped up by big-name local chefs at Chefs Behind Bars on Wednesday. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, July 28

MUSIC: Whimsical husband-and-wife duo Mates of State will be at U Street Music Hall. The band’s songs are full of piano and synth and are generally devised to make you feel good about life and yourself—the perfect way to kick off the week. Tickets ($20) are available online. 7 PM.

Tuesday, July 29

SINGING: Stetson’s hosts its monthly “people’s choir,” which is kind of like karaoke except everyone sings the songs at once like some sort of fun, happy community. Song lyrics are provided, and happy hour ends right before this starts, so if you’re shy, you can get a drink or two in you before you start showing off your vocal chords. This month’s theme is “songs from movies.” Free. 7:30 PM. 

Wednesday, July 30

DRINKS: Buffalo & Bergen is taking the spatula out of your favorite chefs’ hands and putting a shaker in them instead. At Chefs Behind Bars, six of the city’s best-known chefs stir up drinks. Your ticket gets you a drink from each and some bar snacks from Union Market’s vendors—the chef with the best cocktail gets a prize, but really, we’re all winners here. Tickets ($40) are available online. 6 PM.

Thursday, July 31

MUSIC: Brightest Young Things’ Super Best Friends Forever is an every-once-in-a-while deejay night where you get to help pick the music. Bring your phone or iPod (do people still have those?) to Cafe Saint-Ex, and you’ll get to select a song. If you play something really impressive, you’ll win a prize from New Belgium Brewery, whose beers will be on special all night. Free. 7:30 PM.

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