Monday, August 4
FILM: Screen on the Green continues tonight with Key Largo, a Humphrey Bogart film noir from 1948. Tensions run high in—surprise—Key Largo, as a hurricane approaches and a whole hostage situation goes down. Bring a blanket to the National Mall and post up to see how it all turns out. Free. Sundown.
COMEDY: Every week, comedians at Little Miss Whiskey’s attack you with joke missiles at La Bomba, featuring funny people from DC, Baltimore, and everywhere in between (there’s not a whole lot of in between, but there is some, as I’m sure you know). Drink specials ($4 DAB tallboys, $5 rails) run all night. Free. 7:30 PM.
Tuesday, August 5
MUSIC: Bar Dupont hosts a summer concert series called, appropriately, Dupont Live! This week, singer/songwriter Oren Polak takes over the outdoor patio, playing his airy traveling tunes. Sip a fancy cocktail and watch the people pass by. Free. 7 PM.
Wednesday, August 6
BOOKS: It ain’t cheap, but it’s not every day you can chill with the author of My Sister’s Keeper. Okay, yes, Jodi Picoult has written a whole bunch of books; her newest one, Leaving Time, doesn’t come out until October, but you can get it early this week at Arena Stage. The event includes a buffet dinner, a copy of the book, a chocolate tasting, a dessert bar (in addition to the whole chocolate tasting), live music, and a meet-and-greet with Picoult. Tickets ($95) are available online. 5 PM.
KARAOKE: If meeting an author just isn’t your thing, head to Hill Country for its weekly live-band karaoke. It’s been a while since you’ve done karaoke, right? You should probably change that. Free. 8:30 PM.
Thursday, August 7
LITERATURE: Brooklyn’s Papercut Press publishing house is taking over Busboys and Poets on Fifth and K streets, Northwest, to show off some of its new works of fiction and poetry—authors will be in town to do readings and signings, and people from the DC Zinefest will be on hand to talk about how the lit scene is changing in the city. Free. 6:30 PM.
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