Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (September 11-13): A Classic Film Series, the Rise of Uber, and an Electropop Legend

Plus Swervedriver, a book about Bill de Blasio, and more to do around town this week.

Former Yazoo frontwoman Alison Moyet performs music from her electropop solo career on Monday at Sixth and I. Photo courtesy Live Nation Entertainment.


FOOD The Redskins didn’t win their season opener on Sunday, but at least Ryan Kerrigan had a good day returning an interception for a touchdown. Kerrigan’s foundation hosts its Fifth Annual Celebrity Waiter Night at the Grand Hyatt Washington, where Kerrigan and other players will be on hand at a dinner and live auction. Proceeds will support initiatives like Ryan Kerrigan’s Positive Impact Fund, which provides financial assistance to families whose children have chronic illnesses or special needs. Tickets $350, 6:30 PM.

MUSIC English singer Alison Moyet got her start in the new wave band Yazoo (known as Yaz in the United States) with former Depeche Mode keyboardist Vince Clarke. After Yazoo’s two early 1980s hits, “Only You” and “Situation”, Moyet pursued a solo career; her newest (and ninth solo) album, Other, features her rich, bluesy voice with her electronic pop songs. Her rare US tour starts on Monday at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Tickets $45, 8 PM.


BOOKS Busboys & Poets on 5th & K hosts Juan González, former New York Daily News columnist and current co-host of Democracy Now!. His book, Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities, investigates how progressive Bill de Blasio won the mayoralty of New York in what is seen as a popular rebellion against the corporate-friendly policies that had ruled the city for years. González will be speaking with Joe Davidson, who writes the Washington Post‘s Federal Insider column. Free, 6:30 PM.

MUSIC British alternative rock band Swervedriver formed in the late 1980s and broke up in 1998, reforming in 2008 for a performance at Coachella. While the group continues to perform and write new music (the group’s fifth album, I Wasn’t Born to Lose You, was released in 2015), the band’s early work is still considered its best. Swervedriver will perform its first two albums, 1991’s Raise and 1993’s Mezcal Head, in their entirety at the Black Cat. Tickets $23 in advance, $25 day of show, 7:30 PM.


BOOKS Veteran Silicon Valley reporter Adam Lashinsky explores Uber’s rise to prominence in his new book Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination. Uber is known as much for its innovative approach to transportation as for former chief executive Travis Kalanick’s ruthless ways. Lashinsky will be in conversation with Politico’s chief economic correspondent Ben White at Kramerbooks. Free, 6:30 PM.

FILM Landmark Theatres’ recently-renovated West End Cinema is kicking off a Capital Classics Film Series, featuring eight classic films on Wednesdays from September 13 to November 1. The series kicks off with The Wizard of Oz and will include the films Singin’ in the Rain, Citizen Kane, and The Maltese Falcon. Tickets $12.50; see for showtimes.