Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (September 25-27): An Irish Comedian, Talks About Russia, and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Elisabeth Griffith will lead the discussion “American Women in Politics: Did Suffrage Matter?” at the S. Dillon Ripley Center on Wednesday evening. Photograph of the Women’s March on Washington courtesy Smithsonian Associates.


COMEDY Irish comedian and actor Dylan Moran presents his new tour, “Grumbling Mustard” at the Lincoln Theatre. Moran is known as the star and co-writer of the TV comedy Black Books and for his role in the 2004 film Shaun of the Dead, but more recently, Moran has devoted his time to his stand-up career. Tickets $35, 8 PM.

BOOKS Amherst College political science professor William Taubman won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for his biography Khrushchev: The Man and His Era. His new book, Gorbachev: His Life and Times, focuses on Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union. Taubman will be in conversation with NPR host David Greene at Politics & Prose. Free, 7 PM.


PODCAST The Atlantic’s new podcast Radio Atlantic tapes a live show at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue featuring a discussion about—what else?—President Trump and Russia. The show will feature Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg, executive editor Matt Thompson, writer Julia Ioffe, and former State Department adviser Eliot Cohen, who wrote the magazine’s October cover story, “The Trump Presidency: A Damage Report.” Tickets $25, 7 PM.

BOOKS Longtime foreign correspondent Kevin Peraino’s new book, A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949, delves into this intense year of foreign policy with China, as Mao Zedong fashioned a new government in Beijing. Peraino describes how the events of that year led to the United States’ commitment to Taiwan and the subsequent wars in Korea and Vietnam. Peraino will discuss his research– as well as the relevance of these events to modern events—at Kramerbooks. Free, 6:30 PM.


DISCUSSION The 19th Amendment, adopted nearly 100 years ago, granted women the right to vote. At the Smithsonian Associates event “American Women in Politics: Did Suffrage Matter?” at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, historian Elisabeth Griffith, biographer of suffrage pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton, will discuss whether having the right to vote has made a significant difference in American politics. Representation of women in public office is still fairly low (just 20 percent of Congress, 17 percent of big city mayors, and 12 percent of governors), and Griffith will review women’s political engagement, from marching for the vote to campaigning for (or against) a female presidential candidate. Tickets $45, 6:45 PM.

ART The Mt. Pleasant Library hosts a conversation, “The Latino Murals of Washington, DC”, in conjunction with Hola Cultura, a nonprofit that promotes Latino artists in DC. Along with some of the city’s best street artists, there will be a short presentation about the important role that mural-making has played in the development of the Latino community. Free, 6:30 PM.