What are you doing this week? We offer up our favorite picks for the five days ahead:
MONDAY, APRIL 9:
- DMV's own Wale is performing for (re)opening night the historic Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW), which had shut down in the '80s. The space has been undergoing a renovation since September 2010 and officially reopens April 9 with a community day (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m). 7 p.m. doors; 9 p.m. show; $35.
- Birch & Barley (1337 14th St. NW) dishes up a cider and gluten-free dinner (better than a cider-free and gluten dinner, we're guessing). The two lovely features collide for a special evening of great ciders and a five-course meal. 7 p.m.; $73+ for five courses and nine ciders.
- Caveman -- actually consisting of several men -- takes the stage at Red Palace (1212 H St. NE) with "equal parts chamber pop, dreamscape, and horror film score." 8:30 p.m.; $10 in adavance; $12 day of event.
TUESDAY, APRIL 10:
- Cork Market and Tasting Room (1805 14th St. NW) hosts a pig roast, wood-grilled outdoors on Cork's new grill and served upstairs with plenty of sides. 7 p.m.; $50 per person, or $75 with wine pairings.
- Barsuk Records royalty Nada Surf, tour for their latest, "Lucky," take the stage at the 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW). 7 p.m. doors; $22.
- Ping Pong Dim Sum (1 Dupont Circle NW) hosts SUMdown Open Bar, pouring out unlimited drinks every Tuesday night. Enjoy specialty cocktails, beer, wine and champagne, but remember you're going to "need" tiny tasty food as well. $25 all-you-can-drink; 7-11 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11:
- Pitchapalooza, at Politics & Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave. NW) bills itself as "'American Idol' for books (only without Simon). Twenty would-be writers will be randomly selected to make their pitches in just one minute each. They'll then get a detailed critique from Eckstut and Sterry, co-founders of The Book Doctors, and guest panelists. The winner receives an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for his/her book. 7 p.m.; free admission if you don't want to pitch; to sign up to pitch, you must buy a copy of "The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published" from Politics & Prose. Anyone who buys a copy of the book receives a free 20-minute consultation.
- Captivated by "The Artist"? Catch flick that really does hail from the silent film era at the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va.), which is showing the Rudolph Valentino film "The Eagle." With live piano accompaniment, of course. 8 p.m.; $6-$10.
- Yes, this is a real thing: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I St. NW) hosts its Annual Pickle Eating Contest, which also incorporates a trivia contest, because... well, why not? 7 p.m.; $15 in advance; $18 day off. Pickle contest on waiting-list only. Trivia slots available.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12:
- Filmfest DC's opening night at Regal Cinemas Gallery Place (701 7th St. NW) features one of the top 10 Canadian films of 2011, "Starbuck." The movie focuses on a genial ne'er-do-well who learns that his sperm donations in the 1980s have yielded 533 offspring -- and 142 of them want to meet him. See trailer here. 7 p.m.; $25.
- Celebrate the grand opening gala and benefit concert at the Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW). The fundraiser is to support the efforts to build the Howard Theatre's Culture and Education Center. Special guests include Berry Gordy, Chrisette Michele and Lalah Hathaway.
- Go aboard the Odyssey for the Cherry Blossom Gala Dinner Cruise, departing from the Gangplank Marina on the Southwest Waterfront (600 Water St. SW). Sail along the Potomac and enjoy a three-course meal, open bar and entertainment. 6 p.m. boarding; $150.
- Go out and "step into a world of color" with the Shoshanna Trunk Show at Urban Chic (1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW). The chic store presents the brand's spring 2012 collection, along with bubbly and sweets, not to mention 15 percent off purchases. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; free admission.
FRIDAY, APRIL 13:
- Have a geek-tastic night out with director Morgan Spurlock, for the opening of the documentary "Comic-Con Episode IV: Fan's Hope" at West End Cinema (2301 M St. NW). 7 p.m.; $11.
- Join funny lady Wanda Sykes during reopening week at the Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW). 8 p.m.; $95 for general admission tables; $125 for boxes.
- Enjoy "A Taste of Iceland" at RIS (2275 L St. NW). We're sure that means dinner will be chilly, but beautiful. The restaurant will feature a special four-course menu with inspirations from the cool Icelandic custom-made cocktail, the Reykjavik 101.
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