Things to Do

Things to Do in DC this Week (August 8-10): Political Trivia, Basque Cuisine, and Dr. Dog Performs

Pennsylvania’s psychedelic indie-pop outfit Dr. Dog plays 9:30 Club on August 10 and 11.

MONDAY, AUGUST 8

FOOD & DRINK Celebrate local beer and local seafood at Quarterdeck during the fifth annual Crab Fest Monumental Extravaganza. With all-you-can-eat crabs and $1 cans of DC Brau, your Monday just got happier. $50, 5 PM

TRIVIA Reward yourself for sticking out the 24-hour election coverage by proving how much you know about it at the August edition of Politics & Pints, hosted by The Fix’s Chris Cillizza at Capitol Lounge. Prizes go to the first and second place winners, as well as the team with the best name—so start thinking up political puns. Free, 7 PM

FILM In a world where there are so many film retellings of Bram Stoker’s 18th-century gothic novel Dracula, it’s hard to choose a favorite. But the 1979 version by Saturday Night Fever director John Badham is certainly stacked with an all-star cast (Sorry, Keanu), featuring Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, and music by the acclaimed composer John Williams. Catch it at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center tonight. $12, 9:45 PM

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9

FOOD & DRINK Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar is closing out a buzz-generating year of pop-up events by throwing a “Txotx” party in its permanent location. Txotx is a seasonal celebration from Spain’s Basque Country, embracing the region’s cider tradition as well as its food, which is typically served in the form of pintxos (a variety of toothpicked snacks). Your ticket gets you two hours tasting the cidery’s drinks with pintxos for purchase, plus the chance to meet Ainara Otaño, owner of Petritegi Sagardoa cider house in Astigarraga, Spain. $25, 6 PM

BOOKS In her new book, Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again, Elaine Kamarck explores all the epic fails U.S. presidents have made in recent history—from the Affordable Care Act website flop to missed intel on Al-Qaeda leading up to September 11—and what it’s going to take for Americans to trust their leaders again. Kamarack, director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution and a lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, will be discussing that and more at Kramerbooks. Free, 6:30 PM

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10

MUSIC The first of Dr. Dog’s two stints at 9:30 Club kicks off tonight with openers Palehound. The band—which draws on the spacy, psychedelic pop sounds of the ’60s to elevate their jangly indie foundations—is touring in support of their latest album, Psychedelic Swamp, which is actually a revamp of a cassette album they created in 2001. $32.50, 7 PM

 

FILMS NoMa Summer Screen volunteers as tribute to present the second in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, in Storey Park. Along with watching the serious, will-they-or-won’t-they tension between Katniss and her beaus, Peeta and Gale, there will be live music and a bevy of food trucks onhand to keep you entertained. Free, 7 PM

BIKES Keep cool by pretending you’re at the beach with this month’s edition of DC Bike Party. Attendees of “Bikes on the Beach” are encouraged to go all-out, dressing in bathing suits and swimming goggles, and outfitting their bikes with water balloons and squirt guns. Fittingly, the ride ends with drink specials and awesome views of the water at Cantina Marina. Free, 7:30 PM

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