Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week April 13-15: Candice Bergen, Free Cupcakes, and $2 Beers

Here's your guide to having fun in Washington.

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" opened at Arena Stage last week. The comedy involves a voodooing maid, a narcissistic actress, a muscle-bound boy toy who can't keep his clothes on (yep, as seen above), and much more. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

BOOKS: Let’s start with what you can’t do: At this Politics & Prose event with Candice Bergen, you can’t take photos from beyond the signing line. You can’t ask for a posed photograph with the actress behind Murphy Brown, and you absolutely cannot ask her to sign your memorabilia, so don’t even bother bringing it along. Bergen will be signing only her books, which include her latest memoir, A Fine Romance, a tale of motherhood, marriage, and love. But hey, at least you get to rub elbows with an Emmy Award-winning actress. 2 PM.

EAT: Ten years ago, Sprinkles Cupcakes debuted in Beverly Hills, California. Now the bakery is one of the biggest names in the country. Which means there’s good reason to celebrate–with free cupcakes! (Those are, in fact, the best kind of cupcakes.) Stop by the brand’s Georgetown location today for a free treat.

THEATER: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opened last week at Arena Stage, and though the play’s themes–aging, mortality, and loneliness–seem dark, the performance is actually hilarious. There’s a voodooing maid, a narcissistic actress, and a muscle-bound boy toy who can’t keep his clothes on. 7:30 PM, $65 to $80.

DRINK: Drinking for a good cause is always great, especially when it involves $2 beers and $3 wines. The American Association of University Women is celebrating Equal Pay Day with a happy hour held outside of their offices on 16th Street Northwest. There will be food trucks, speakers, and an alcohol-fueled discussion about the gender gap. 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

MUSIC: The music of Eliane Elias combines two things: the sensuous sound of her native Brazil and the classical, instrumental jazz that she loves. With 23 albums already under her belt, Elias recently released, “Made in Brazil,” a record described by the New York Times as “make-out music with a beat.” On that note, be sure to bring along a plus one to her performance at the Hamilton. 7:30 PM, $30 to $40.

BOOKS: Grantland staff writers will come together at this Busboys and Poets Takoma event for a panel about sports and culture. Speakers include Jonah Keri, author of Up, Up, and Away, Pulitzer Prize-winning movie columnist Wesley Morris, and Esquire politics writer Charlie Pierce. 6:30 PM.

MUSIC: River City Extension released their third LP last month, while still recovering from the loss of their 27-year-old drummer, Steve Tambone, who passed away in December. Watch them perform tracks from their record, compared to the likes of Counting Crows and Vampire Weekend, and pay homage to Tambone at DC9. 9 PM, $12 to $14.