Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (January 8-10): The Capital Classics Film Series, a Book About Torture, and the Tony-Winning Play The Humans

The Humans won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. It runs at the Kennedy Center from January 9 through January 28. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.


CURLING Ready for the Winter Olympics? Learn the sport of curling while getting some outdoor exercise at the Wharf’s weekly Curling & Cocktails event. The Canadian game is a mix of hockey and shuffleboard and beginners are welcome. Wear soft-soled tennis shoes; all other equipment will be provided. Spectators are welcome as well. Ages 8+. Free, 7:30 PM. UPDATE: This event on 1/8 has been canceled due to weather conditions. The class is recurring and will return next Monday, 1/15.

MUSIC English rock band The Wombats formed in 2003; their fourth album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is scheduled to come out in February. They’re likely to preview these new songs—and, of course, play fan favorites—at the 9:30 Club. $25, 7 PM.


THEATRE The 2016 Tony Award-winning Best Play, The Humans, opens on Tuesday at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. The story takes course over Thanksgiving dinner, where a family’s fears and follies are laid out with humor and compassion. Through January 28. $49-$139.

BOOKS In his new book, Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon, and US Government Conspired to Torture, security consultant Mark Fallon investigates terrorist operations in US history including the first bombing of the World Trade Center and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole. After 9/11, Fallon was named Deputy Commander of the new Criminal Investigation Task Force (CITF) and saw a dark side of the intelligence community that led to the opening of Guantanamo Bay. Fallon will discuss his observations about why torture is ineffective and counterproductive at Kramerbooks. Free, 6:30 PM.


MUSIC Atlas Brewery has hosted a number of concerts recently, most notably becoming one of DC’s regular spots for DIY metal shows. Their concerts continue on Wednesday with Richmond crossover-thrash band Iron Reagan (featuring members of Municipal Waste), California powerviolence band Despise You, and locals Cemetery Piss and Left Cross. $15, 7 PM.

FILM Landmark’s West End Cinema is kicking off a new Capital Classics Film series, starting on Wednesday with a screening of 1954’s movie musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Future weeks will include Suspicion, All the President’s Men, To Have and Have Not, and An American in Paris. Through February 21. $12.50, screenings at 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 7:30 PM.