Things to Do

What to Do This Week: August 11 to 14

National Rum Day and the last Screen on the Green of the summer.

For National Rum Day, the Graham Hotel offers a rooftop celebration with cigars—and rum, of course. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, August 11

FOOD: As you’ve probably heard, it’s Restaurant Week, meaning more than 200 restaurants will be offering prix-fixe meals for $20.14 at lunch and $35.14 at dinner, a modest one cent price increase over last year. Lots of the restaurants you’ve been desperate to try are already booked up, but if you’re flexible you can still find something at most places. Also check out tips for how to get the most out of Restaurant Week from our friends at Best Bites Blog. 

FILM: It’s already the last Screen on the Green of the summer. As a sendoff, check out A Soldier’s Story, one of Denzel Washington’s first major films and an Oscar nominee for Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the film investigates the murder of a black soldier in Jim Crow-era Mississippi. Free. Sunset. 

Tuesday, August 12

STORYTELLING: Speakeasy DC this week is all about run ins with the law—from both the perpetrator and the enforcer’s point of view. Crimes & Misdemeanors follows ten people as they recount a time they bent the rules—or flagrantly broke them, and what exactly went down before, during, and after. A handful of those people will also talk about times they had to bust someone—either as part of their job or out of a moral obligation. Tickets ($16) are available online. 8 PM.

Wednesday, August 13

TRIVIA: The National Portrait Gallery hosts its monthly trivia night in the Kogod Courtyard. This month’s theme is “road trip,” which seems summer-appropriate. As usual, the night features questions semi-related to art and the people the gallery portrays. The winner gets a prize, because what’s trivia without a little something on the line? Free. 6:30 PM.

Thursday, August 14

RUM: Regardless of how you feel about the countless other National Fill-In-the-Blank Days, National Rum Day seems like something worth celebrating. Luckily, it just so happens to be this week, so check out the Graham Hotel’s rooftop celebration—you’ll get to try some of the world’s best rums, smoke cigars courtesy of Georgetown Tobacco, and pretend you’re on a fantastical Caribbean cruise (or that you’re a pirate—whatever works for you). Tickets ($45) are available online. 6 PM.

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