What You're Doing This Week
Art of the Cherry Blossom, Artini nights, beer dinner, Shen Yun
What are you doing this week? We offer up our favorite picks for the five days ahead:
MONDAY, MARCH 19:
- Nom a delicious prix-fixe meal during the Elysian Beer Dinner at Pizzeria Paradiso (3282 M St. NW), featuring beer pairings from Elysian Brewing Company. Highlights include sweet potato pecan dip and a poached salmon salad pizza with red onion, capers, Parmesan and mascarpone cheese. 6:30-9 p.m.; $65.
- Passover is almost here and Sixth and I Historic Synagogue (601 I St. NW) synagogue is hosting a speaking event with Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander to talk about their latest work, "The New American Haggadah." Foer is also the author of "Everything Is Illuminated" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." 7 p.m.; admission $12, or get two free tickets with a $30 purchase of the book through Sixth and I.
- Founders Brewing Company is throwing a party for their 2012 batch of Kentucky Breakfast Stout at Chuchkey (1337 14th St. NW). Brewed with flaked oats, imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffees, the beer will be available along with other Founders brews like Porter, Red's Rye P.A. and Centennial IPA, in both four-ounce tasters and full pours. 6 p.m.; no cover.
TUESDAY, MARCH 20:
- Can't wait for Artini on the 31st? Well, in anticipation of the gala (or if you're looking for something a bit more affordable), head to Tabard Inn (1739 N St. NW) for one of this month's Artini Feature Nights. Mingle with members and sip on the night's featured artini for a great cause. At participating venues that host a happy hour, 20 percent of their bar sales will be donated to support Corcoran ArtReach. 6:30-8:30 p.m.; no cover.
- The Wedding Present, The Jet Age and Pinky Piglets take the stage at the Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE). Catch three great and eclectic bands for about the cost of a CD (remember those?). 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. show; $15.
- Bar 7 (1015 1/2 7th St. NW) hosts a benefit concert and "tappy" hour for the UNICEF Tap Project's World Water Week (March 19-25). R&B singer Malone performs. The Tap Project seeks to provide the world's children with clean, safe drinking water. 5-9 p.m.; suggested donation.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21:
- Wednesday's Artini Feature Night wil be held at El Centro D.F. (1819 14nth Street NW). Remember everything is for a good cause! While mingling and sipping on the night’s featured artini, all of the participating venues that host a happy hour will donate 20 percent of their bar sales to support Corcoran ArtReach. 6:30-8:30 p.m.; no cover.
- Go get NAKID -- in a NAKID sports bar pickup game, that is -- at Bailey's Pub and Grill (4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). Grab your friends and head out for some cornhole, giant Jenga and Connect Four games. All participants must be 21 or older and have health insurance to participate. 6:30 p.m.; no cover.
- The hit Spanish rock band Vetusta Morla will be playing in D.C. for one night only at U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. NW), hosted by the Spanish Embassy. The band will be playing hits from their platinum-selling record "Un Día en el Mundo." Go to dance, and drink until your Spanish is fluent! 7 p.m.; $15. All ages.
- Melody Tavern (3650 S. Glebe Road, Suite 170, Arlington) throws a launch party for its Melody Match nights with DJ Neekola. Go for free hors d'oeuves, $5 chicken skewers and full-service bar and menu. Wednesdays, 5 p.m.-midnight; no cover; free garage parking.
THURSDAY, MARCH 22:
- This futuristic pop duo of Corin Roddick and Megan James -- otherwise known as Purity Ring Performance -- is coming to the Red Palace (1212 H St. NE). If you enjoy the sounds of '90s R&B, dream pop and indie pop, then this show is for you. 8 p.m. doors; 8:30 p.m. show; $14.
- Artist Doug Aitken will to discuss his groundbreaking project, "SONG 1" at the Hirshhorn Museum (700 Independence Ave. SE). The 360-degree video projection wraps around the outside of the museum and will premiere the night of the lecture. 7-8:30 p.m.; free.
- Hanami, Art of the Cherry Blossom at Tudor Place (1644 31st St. NW) offers a look at the cherry blossoms in the estate's gardens before you head inside to enjoy Asian-themed food, accompanied by a special Hanami Rum Fizz. Inside the mansion, check out a classic late-19th century cherry blossom vase and a publication on Japanese design. 6-8 p.m.; $15.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23:
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