Things to Do

Things To Do in DC This Week May 2-4: A Conversation with Bob Boilen and Carrie Brownstein at Sixth and I

Sleater-Kinney guitarist and Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein will chat with NPR's Bob Boilen at Sixth and I. Photo courtesy of Flickr user kris krüg.


EAT AND DRINK: EdibleDC Magazine’s Eat/Drink Local party at Longview Gallery is a delicious way to get to know the area’s most acclaimed chefs, brewers, winemakers, and distillers. Eat and drink samples from more than 30 food and drink purveyors located in the DMV, and, if you’re interested in spending a few dollars extra for the VIP tickets, you can head over to La Colombe Coffee for an after-dinner treat of coffee and desserts from Rare Sweets. $80-$100, 6 PM. 

CONVERSATION: NPR’s Bob Boilen—host of “All Songs Considered” and creator of the “Tiny Desk Concert” series—will be in conversation Carrie Brownstein at Sixth & I on Monday. Boilen has been busy lately, with the release of his new book, but Brownstein has arguably been even more overbooked in the past year: She wrote the memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, reunited and toured with her old band Sleater-Kinney, and acted in another season of Portlandia. $35-$50, 7:30 PM.

THEATRE: Pay whatever you can afford on Monday night to see Theatre J’s new play The Body of an American. Written by Dan O’Brien, the play depicts the true story of his friendship with Paul Watson, a war reporter whose “Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu reshaped the course of global events.” Catch it until May 22. Pay What You Can, 7:30 PM.


EAT, DRINK, AND LEARN: Italian Happy Hours are special. Before dinner, it’s customary for our Mediterranean neighbors to partake in apertivos, typically consisting a cocktail along with a small snack. Author Marisa Huff explores this custom and what it says about the Italian way of life in her new book Aperitivo: The Cocktail Culture of Italy. Huff will be in conversation with with Ian Wolff, former editor of La Cucina Italiana magazine, at The Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center. Stick around after the program for a free apertivo of your own. $50, 6:45 PM.

MUSIC: Canadian art rockers Born Ruffians will be at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Tuesday. Come for the energetic, riff-heavy songs that recall everyone from Spoon to Talking Heads. $15, 8 PM. 


EAT: It was a sad day in the DC food community when Crane and Turtle’s head chef Makoto Hamamura and pastry chef Katy Kinch announced their plans to move to New York. Though the restaurant served its last meal April 23, Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar will be reviving the space with its cider and pintxos (toothpicked snacks from Basque country) for a special popup beginning on Wednesday. $5-$15, 5 PM. 

FILM: The world is still in mourning over Prince’s untimely death, and the Shaw Neighborhood Library knows it. To help us get through this thing called life without him, they’re showing the artist’s legendary film Purple Rain.