Tuesday, January 20
POLITICS: The big deal today is, of course, the State of the Union address. You probably already have a place to watch it, but if you’re still scrambling—and are a Democrat—check out Local 16, where there’ll be free pizza, $5 appetizers, raffle prizes, and $5 drinks all night. (If you’re a Republican, try Capitol Lounge.) RSVP in advance, and cover is just $1; otherwise it’s $10 at the door. 6:30 PM.
FILM: BloomBars is hosting a night of short documentaries and experimental films about police brutality and the Ferguson movements and protests. There’ll be six films screened, and there’s free popcorn. $10. 7 PM.
Wednesday, January 21
TRIVIA: There are a lot of trivia nights around town, but not many of them are designed to teach you about the planet you live on (I’m assuming you don’t live on the International Space Station). Bier Baron hosts Earth Trivia, which will presumably include some environmental questions, some space questions, and maybe some geological and geographical questions. By the time you leave, you’ll be an expert on this massive rock. Free. 7:30 PM.
Thursday, January 22
BEER: Unfortunately, kind of like the tech and science and industries, the beer brewing industry still has a major gender gap. One brewery helping to close that gap, however, is Nelson County, Virginia’s Wild Wolf Brewing Company, where former AOL’er Mary Wolf has had plenty of success. She’ll be at Black Squirrel serving up ten different Wild Wolf brews and talking about how she got into the business—and how you can, too. Free. 6 PM.
Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find him on Twitter at @jason_koebler.