Things to Do

Things to Do in DC March 23-25: Free Whiskey, Party Like a President, and "American Ballet Theatre" Screening

The best events to go to this week.

Shakey Graves, the Texan singer behind last year's hit song, "Dearly Departed," will perform at 9:30 Club this week. Photo by Erika Goldring.

Here’s hoping you already scored tickets to some of this week’s awesome, sold-out shows. Tobias Jesso Jr. will be at Sixth & I; Shakey Graves will be at 9:30 Club; and Ibeyi, the twin sisters mashing English and Yoruban influences, will rock out at the U Street Music Hall.

BOOKS: Stop by Busboys and Poets in Takoma and meet the author behind a novel/thriller so great that it “makes Gone Girl seem gimmicky,” according to NPR’s Alan Cheuse. That’s quite the endorsement for Tim Johnston and his bestseller, Descent–and a great excuse to find out exactly what all the fuss is about. 6:30 PM.

FILM: Kick the week off with a screening of American Masters: American Ballet Theatre, a feature-length documentary about the history of the ABT, shown at the Kennedy Center. Also important: It’s free. 5:30 PM.

BOOKS: Want to get drunk off of President John Tyler’s favorite drink? Order a mint julep and listen to this book talk at Busboys and Poets in Brookland, where Brian Abrams and John Mathias, the brains behind the book, “Party like a President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief from the Oval Office,” will chat with Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri. 6:30 PM.

MUSIC: Northern Virginia native Alex Anders has already been called a rising country star, so consider this concert at Tree House Lounge a way to support a local kid who’s trying to make it big. 8 PM, $10.

MUSIC: Title Fight’s latest album, Hyperview, has surprising range. Some tracks boast a ’90s grunge sound, while others have a more melancholy, chill feel. Check out both at their performance at the Howard Theatre alongside La Dispute. 8 PM, $20.

DRINK: There will be free whiskey, but not any ordinary, free whiskey. Complimentary, cask-strength Willett bourbon will be served at Jack Rose Dining Saloon, where the distiller himself, Drew Kulsveen, will help celebrate an impressive achievement: This Adams Morgan restaurant/bar now offers 2,015 bottles of whiskey. The party includes a free whiskey tasting plus whiskey and cocktail specials all night. 6 PM to 9 PM.