Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week September 14-16: Drink Beer and Hear Drinking Stories at DC Improv

DC Brau is now served at DC Improv. That sounds like a good excuse to take in some comedy and drink a beer. Photo courtesy Shutterstock.


FILM: The DC Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition’s 40-minute show is the perfect lunch break. Bring some food, head to E Street Cinema, and enjoy a few documentaries. Tickets are free; reservations are accepted. 12 PM.

TALK: Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano, has an elevation higher than 19,000 feet. Not only did outdoor enthusiast Brian Whitmer reach the summit, he also blogged about it. As part of the Shaw Library’s series, “Trips of a Lifetime,” Whitmer will share stories from the summit and explain how the journey changed his life. Free, 7 PM.


FOOD: What can you do with five pounds of cucumbers? Ask Cathy Barrow. The author of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry will discuss the art of pickling and preserving at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center in a series called “Preserving With Mrs. Wheelbarrow.” Each monthly event focuses on different fruits and vegetables and the best ways to make them last through winter. This evening’s event, which also includes tastings, is all about tomatoes. $60 for non-members, 6:45 PM.

FILM: Now in its ninth year, the Guggenheim Center Tribute Program features Charles Guggenheim’s Academy Award-nominated film, Monument to the Dream. Chosen in honor of the 50th anniversary of the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the film centers on the arch’s construction. After the screening at the William G. McGowan Theater, there will be a discussion moderated by Mary Delach Leonard, a St. Louis Public Radio reporter; James W. Symington, a former US Congressman from Missouri, will make opening remarks. Reservation required. Free, 7 PM.

FESTIVAL: In addition to food trucks and live music, DCInno’s DC Fest has a very DC twist to it–networking. After a game of cornhole, stick around and hang out with some of “DC’s coolest companies.” $18, 5:30 PM.


COMEDY: DC Improv is adding DC Brau to its beer list and celebrating the occasion with a competition for the best drinking story. Laugh along with the contestants, and enjoy headlining comedian and DC native Rob Cantrell. $15, 8 PM.

MUSIC: Catfish and the Bottlemen’s lead singer, Van McCann, is from Australia, and the band perfectly encapsulates the hard-hitting British indie rock sound. The group brings their fast and heavy guitar and raspy, crooning vocals to the 9:30 Club. $25, 7 PM.