MONDAY, MAY 9
MUSIC: Alt-country heroes Old 97’s, who you’ll definitely dig if you like Wilco or Drive By Truckers, will bring their high-energy, jangle-y guitar riffs to the 9:30 Club on Monday. $30, 7PM.
PAINT AND EAT: If you’re bored of the typical dinner and a movie, then check out Paint and Pie Date Night Special with your significant other. Held at the H street location of Dangerously Delicious Pies, this Monday night event provides couples with two slices of sweet pie and two slices of savory pie a-piece, as well as two glasses of either beer or wine to sip on as you make your pop art-inspired painting. $75, 7 PM.
TRIVIA: The Washington Post’s Chris Cilliza, one of the tireless journalists covering the 2016 election cycle, is taking a break from the campaign trail to host a political trivia night at Capitol Lounge on Monday. Come by and test your Trump knowledge! 7 PM.
TUESDAY, MAY 10
YOGA AND BEER: Yoga Heights is teaming up with Colony Club for Detox to Retox. Downward Dog your way out of the stressors of the week and then finish in a place of mindfulness and relaxation with the added bonus of alcohol. A ticket includes an hour of power yoga and a one of Colony Club’s draft wines or beers. $25, 7 PM.
MUSIC: Montreal indie band Ought make jittery post-punk music in the vein of the Talking Heads and Television that captures what it feels like to be alive in the overstimulating 21st century. See them perform at the Black Cat with local heroes Priests on Tuesday night. $15, 7:30 PM.
DISCUSSION: In her new book Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s, author and professor Meg Jacobs explores the oil crises that marked the ’70s with severe bouts of gas rationing and a mistrust in government. Jacobs discusses her book and America’s failure to seek energy independence during this trying time at Politics & Prose. Free, 7 PM.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
MUSIC: Singer/songwriter Jeff Tatum’s dream pop-meets-shoegaze outfit Wild Nothing plays the Black Cat tonight. The band released its third studio album Life of Pause this past February, which features some disco and soul moments. $18, 7:30.
EVENT: Check out out the Newseum’s most recent exhibit “CNN Politics Campaign 2016: Like, Share, Elect” without a crowd at its after-hours event, Newseum Nights. Enjoy an open bar, snacks, and full access to all of the Newseum’s galleries, along with some much-needed levity added to this year’s election season in the form of a president heads selfie station and the option to design your own campaign button. $40, 6:30 PM.
THEATER: Head over to Atlas Performing Arts Center and be transported back to the 1930’s with the Welders’ latest performance, Transmission. This “participatory performance essay” has the audience seated in armchairs and surrounded by radios from the time period while playwright, solo performer, and current Welders artistic director Gwydion Suilebhan takes participants through the history and cultural impactr of the medium. You can catch the play until May 28. $20-$25, 8 PM.