Things to Do

What to Do This Week: February 17 to 19

Mardi Gras parties and a talk about Twitter.

This week brings Mardi Gras parties galore. Image via Shutterstock.

Tuesday, February 17

MOVIES/RADIO: NPR is hosting a pre-Oscars party with Bob Mondello, Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon for a recording of the annual Oscars Omnibus NPR special. It’s a good chance to get a leg up on the competition in your Oscar pools, and there will be a meet-and-greet with booze afterward. Tickets ($15) are available online. 7 PM.

PARTY: It’s Fat Tuesday, and the weather is much, much better in New Orleans than it is here. But you can still party—get the scoop on all the parties and specials from Best Bites Blog.

Wednesday, February 18

TECH: Have a techy Wednesday at 1776, which is hosting a How to Crush It on Twitter class, which is pricey but might help you become Twitter famous in a matter of months. Or head to the MAA Carriage House, which is hosting a primer about the sharing economy. Either way, you’ll leave feeling like you’re ready to become a thinkfluencer.

Twitter: $45, 6:30 PM

Sharing Economy: $15, 6:30 PM

Thursday, February 19

THEATER: American University is putting on Rashomon, a classic Japanese story about a crime witnessed and perpetrated by four people. They all have different takes on it, which leads to some problems. The AU update will take into account campus crime and explore how it affects the entire community. Tickets ($15) are available online. 8 PM.

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