MONDAY, JANUARY 22
FOOD Winter Restaurant Week, sponsored by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), kicks off on Monday and runs through Sunday. Over 250 restaurants will be offering prix fixe meals: $35 for dinner or $22 for lunch or brunch. Through January 28.
KNITTING Alexandria yarn store Fibre Space is offering free knitting and crochet classes for all furloughed government employees and federal contractors during the shut down. Their “Learn To Knit” classes will be offered from Monday through Wednesday with a special “Learn To Crochet” option on Wednesday afternoon. More experienced knitters are welcome to join these open knitting times, as well as a crash course in the brioche stitch on Friday afternoon. Free to attend (bring or purchase your own supplies). Through January 26.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 23
BEER Rustico Alexandria celebrates Bell’s Brewery with a tap takeover introducing the first kegs of its IPA Hopslam in Northern Virginia in 2018, brewed only once a year. Rustico will showcase ten different Bell’s beers, including its new seasonal release Larry’s Latest and a special cask of its Two Hearted IPA. Free to attend (beer prices vary), 5 PM.
BOOKS Author Arnold August will be at Busboys & Poets on 14th Street to discuss his new book Cuba–U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond. August traces U.S. policy with Cuba starting with the thirteen colonies up through present day, outlining his controversial perspective about the island’s reaction to the cultural war waged by the U.S. Free, 6 PM.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24
PRESS Daily local newsletter 730DC is hosting a reader happy hour on Wednesday at Union Stage with quick talks by three journalists who wrote the organization’s favorite stories of 2017: WAMU’s Ally Schweitzer, CityLab’s Tanvi Misra, and DCist’s Rachel Sadon. Following that, Bryce Rudow of randomnerds.com will moderate a panel and Q&A session about the DC journalism scene. Free, 6 PM.
HISTORY The Atlas Obscura Society is presenting a tour of the trolley tunnels underneath Dupont Circle. This Discovering Dupont Underground tour will revisit the history of the trolley system, which opened in 1949 and closed 13 years later. While these tunnels and passageways have been mostly unused for five decades, the cultural nonprofit Dupont Underground has recently transformed the tunnels into an art space. It’s a walking tour, so we’d recommend comfortable shoes. $28, 6 PM and 7:30 PM.