Things to Do

Things to Do in DC this Weekend (August 11-13): Star Wars Day at Nats Park, the 14th Street Burger Battle, and a Hank the Cat Documentary

Gone but not fur-gotten: Hank the Cat, who placed third in the 2012 Virginia Senate race before passing away in 2014, is memorialized in the docu-short “Wild About Hank," playing at Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax.


FOOD & DRINK Columbia Heights mainstay Room 11 is celebrating seven years of delicious eats and cocktails by offering some of their beloved favorites—such as the Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned, grilled cheese and Paisley Fig Honey Goat Cheesecake—for only $7. Happy birthday, indeed. 5 PM

MUSIC Enjoy the dreamy, hazy sounds of soul-infused indie rockers Cigarette for this month’s edition of Luce Unplugged at the Luce Foundation Center for American Art. The DC-based group recently released their ‘60s soul-inspired 7-inch, “Warm Shadows b/w Love’s Mirror,” on Sister Polygon Records. Free, 5:30 PM


FILM Roman Holiday is Pub in the Park’s offering this week, featuring Audrey Hepburn in the charming, Oscar-nabbing role of Princess Ann, and Gregory Peck as the handsome reporter who helps her escape from a tightly wound, highly supervised life. This ‘50s classic is only made better by the fact that Port City Brewing Company will be onhand with their delicious beers for purchase. Free, movie starts at 8:15 PM

COMEDY Bill Bellamy has done it all: millennials know him as the voice of the mischievous puppet, Skeeter, on Nickelodeon’s Cousin Skeeter, while Gen Xers will recall his stint as one of MTV’s early VJs and the host of MTV Jamz and MTV Beach House. And his standup routine on HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam went down in history for his creation of the cheeky term ”booty call.” Though both of his Saturday shows have sold out, you can still catch Bellamy’s one-of a-kind comedy Friday at DC Improv. $25, 7:30 and 9:45 PM


FESTIVALS Atlas Brew Works’ BAB Festival celebrates some of the DMV’s best musicians and artists alongside local craft beer. Enjoy a variety of tunes ranging from alternative hip-hop group allthebestkids to the psychedelic dream-pop trio Lenclair, with art collective S P A C E Lab and Maria Miller showing off their works. Free, 2 PM

FILMS The Force Awakens might have blown audiences away last December, but for some Star Wars diehards, nothing compares to that first time. Nearly four decades after we met Chewbacca, the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain is taking Episodes IV through VI on the road, with an all-day marathon of the classics at the Warner Theatre, alongside events such as trivia and costume contests. We hope it’s not too hot out for your Chewie outfit. $40 to $70, 2 PM

SPORTS If you’d prefer to celebrate your Star Wars love without missing the chance for Vitamin D, there’s Star Wars Day at Nationals Park. Watch the Nats play the Atlanta Braves and cheer on Teddy as he races against the other presidents in a Chewy-themed getup. As if that wasn’t enough to sell you on it, the first 20,000 fans get a Star Wars-themed shirt. $27-$100, 7:05 PM


FOOD & DRINK The only battle royale worth attending is one where you get fed. Cafe Saint-Ex, Garden District, and Matchbox are squaring off to find out who can claim the title of best burger in the neighborhood at the inaugural 14th St Burger Battle Royale. Admission gets you three burger tickets as well as a “starter taste” of 3 Stars Brewing Company’s Dissonance Rye Berliner—they’ll be featuring their brews on tap at Saint-Ex throughout the competition. The winner will be chosen by the public, so come hungry and judgey. $15, 4 PM

FILMS Hank the Cat made national news when the handsome Maine Coon placed third in the 2012 Virginia U.S Senate race against George Allen Jr. and now-Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine. The short documentary, Wild About Hank, delves into the cat’s whirlwind run and how he brought positivity to an otherwise dark and combative election year. Hank passed away in 2014, and the film, which will be shown at Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax, gives the almost-senator a proper sendoff. Stick around afterwards for a Q&A with the director and cast. Suggested donation of one can of dog or cat food for the Humane Society of Fairfax County’s Ani-Meals program, 6:45 PM