Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week August 10-12: The Fix, Jim Gaffigan, and Recess for Grown-Ups

Here are the best events around town.

Drugs. Sex. Politics. Signature Theatre's The Fix, a musical comedy, debuts this week. Photo courtesy Signature Theatre.


DRINK: Yes, it’s true that the Hirshhorn’s decision to hold its 40th anniversary gala in New York is quite the snub. But it’s still pushing forward and launching a summertime happy hour event tonight, from 5 PM to 8:30 PM, with Smithsonian at 8. Catch the art and drinking bash every Monday through September 14. Free.

DANCE: As part of its Vietnamese Culture Days in the US series, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage presents a performance of traditional Vietnamese dance and music. Expect Western tunes performed on bamboo instruments. Free, 6 PM.


THEATER: Signature Theatre’s The Fix debuts tonight. The musical comedy tells the tale of Violet, an ambitious almost-first-lady, who pushes her son, Cal, into the presidential campaign, after her husband is found dead in the arms of his mistress. The show runs through September 20. $40 to $72, 7:30 PM.


COMEDY: Whatever you do, don’t pack Hot Pockets in your picnic basket. Jim Gaffigan takes a break from TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show and hits up Wolf Trap as part of his summer standup tour. $30 to $60, 8 PM.

DRINK: In celebration of DC Beer Week, about 20 breweries from across the country will be served at RFD’s 3rd Annual Coast to Coast Tap Takeover from 3 to 11 PM, featuring live music from Free Lobster Buffet. Local brewers tag along to talk suds, and all draft beers will be priced $5. $5 cover.

PLAY: Sometimes a game of adult kickball just isn’t enough. Play With Love: Recess for Grown-Ups hits up Dupont Circle for a nostalgic afternoon of hula hoops, jump rope, hop scotch, and duck-duck-goose for adults. Note: You must bring your own toys. Free, 6 to 8 PM.