Things to Do

What to Do This Week: November 17 to 20

The National Press Club’s book fair and holiday crafts with NPR.

Stock up on books and meet the authors at the National Press Club's Book Fair. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, November 17

TRIVIA: Get your brain juices flowing with Chief Ike’s trivia night, in which the prizes are actually worthwhile: Winners get $50 off their tab, second place gets $25, and third gets $10. There are also raffles for sports and concert tickets, and your tab will probably be pretty low in the first place, considering the bar offers $10 pitchers, $3 beers, and $5 burgers all night. Free. 8 PM.

Tuesday, November 18

BOOKS: The National Press Club’s Book Fair, its biggest book event of the year, is open to the public and worth checking out. Not all the books are of journalistic origin, but some of them are, and authors (several dozen of them, including Matt Taibbi, Gene Weingarten, Cokie Roberts, Bill Nye, and Ralph Nader) will be around to talk about and sign their books for fans. The event, cosponsored by Politics & Prose, benefits the National Press Club Journalism Institute, which provides college scholarships and training for mid-career journos*. Tickets ($10) are available online. 5:30 PM.

Wednesday, November 19

BEER: New Belgium Brewery will be at Laughing Man Tavern with all new brews—and all your old favorites—for “Ranger Games.” There’ll be standbys like shuffleboard and darts, but you can also try to toss some hoops on reindeer antlers to win various prizes from the brewery. If you’re good enough, you’ll get admission to a New Belgium party in early December. Free. 6:30 PM.

Thursday, November 20

CRAFTS: Check out NPR’s still-newish headquarters and get ready for the holidays at All Crafts Considered, which features more than 50 artisans from DC, Baltimore, New York City, and Philadelphia. There’ll be live music and food and drink, and it will no doubt be very NPR-y. Free. 3 to 8 PM.

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*This post has been updated from a previous version.