Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (January 29-31): Port City’s 7th Anniversary Beer, American Ballet Theatre, and an Animated Van Gogh Biopic

Sarah Lane and Daniil Simkin in “Whipped Cream,” presented by the American Ballet Theatre at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House. Photograph by Gene Schiavone.


BEER Alexandria brewery Port City celebrates its seventh anniversary this week the same way they’ve commemorated in years past: releasing a new beer in its “Colossal” series. Prior to the Colossal 7 release on Saturday, the brewery is rolling out its previous Colossals every day this week. The lineup starts on Monday with last year’s Colossal 6 (a Russian Imperial Stout). Free to attend (beer prices vary), 4 PM.

BOOKS Graywolf Press is releasing a series of books about writing, covering poetry, historical narrative, and memoirs. The fourteenth and latest volume in the Art of series tackles mystery in fiction. Local novelist Maud Casey’s The Art of Mystery walks through the ways mystery is created through character, image, and structure. Casey will be in conversation with Josh Tyree at East City Bookshop. Free, 6:30 PM.


DANCE Back for another year at the Kennedy Center, the American Ballet Theatre will showcase various works during its six-day run at the Opera House. On January 30 and 31, see DC premieres of the ballet’s artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium and Benjamin Millepied’s I Feel the Earth Move. From February 1 through 4, the group will feature another DC premiere, this time of Ratmansky’s new work Whipped Cream, a full-length ballet in which a young boy’s pastry overindulgence leads to a whimsical, festive delirium. Through February 4. $49-$249.

BOOKS Bow tie-adorned chef Chris Kimball co-founded America’s Test Kitchen and created the Boston-based cooking school and magazine Chris Kimball’s Milk Street in 2016. In addition to his television and radio shows, he has also released a new book, Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street: The New Home Cooking. Kimball will discuss these new recipes and his kitchen experience at Politics & Prose at the Wharf. Free, 7 PM.


DISCUSSION A day after President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, the Action Network presents “Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance,” a forum to discuss the current state of the climate movement at GWU’s Lisner Auditorium. Speakers will include Senator Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben of, Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement, Rev. Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, and Jacqueline Patterson of the NAACP. $5, 8 PM.

FILM The Avalon presents a screening of the 2017 film Loving Vincent, the first fully-painted animated feature film. This Vincent van Gogh biopic is painted in his style and investigates how the artist died. Every frame of the film was hand-painted by one of 125 professional oil painters who worked on the animation. The screening will be followed by a discussion with animation painter Pamela Bliss. $12.50, 8 PM.