What are you doing this week? We offer up our favorite picks for the five days ahead:
MONDAY, SEPT. 17:
- Has "The Voice" inspired you to channel your own inner diva? Well, thanks to Penn Social (801 E Street NW), you too have the chance to sing your heart out in front of a room full of strangers. District Karaoke is hosting an open karaoke night on Monday with drinks and song choices galore. No, you won’t win a recording contract, but you will have your time in the spotlight. 7 p.m. $12 pitchers; $3 draft beer.
- St. Patrick’s Day is arguably one of the best holidays of the year... which is why Star and Shamrock (1341 H St. NE) celebrates it on the 17th of every month. Food and drink specials include $1 off of all Irish draft beers and a special $5 Irish whiskey. There will also be giveaways such as T-shirts and other beer swag, so get ready for a good time! No cover.
- It's a tater tot happy hour! Food, Wine & Co. (7272 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda) is dishing up their cheesy tater tots for only $1 to during happy hour, plus $4 draft and bottle beers, and $6 wine and cocktails. Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 18:
- Florence + The Machine brings Flo's lung-bursting, genre-busting hits to the Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.). Sounds like all this and heaven too, right? You don't want to miss this one. 5:30 p.m. doors; check StubHub and Craiglist for tickets.
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has been a pioneer in research and treatment for children with cancer and other diseases. Head out and celebrate their efforts during Champagne at Sunset For St. Jude on the P.O.V. Rooftop at the W Hotel (515 15th St. NW). A percentage of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude. 5 p.m.; $195-$275; 5 p.m.
- Busboys & Poets (14th & V streets NW) opens its doors for open mic poetry in the Langston Room: "Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear." 9-11 p.m.; $5.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19:
- If you thought Fashion's Night Out was madness, you have to be in attendance for D.C. Fashion Week's Fashion in the Streets! We’re talking flash mob and the District's burgeoning style scene all in one place! Chinatown; 6:30 p.m.
- Purity Ring hits the Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE) with openers Evian Christ and Headaches. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show; check StubHub or Craigslist for tickets.
- Karnevil: "The awe of magic, the wonder of the sideshow, the splendor of the circus beckon to you once again." Where else but the Red Palace (1212 H St. NE) would you find such awe/wonder/splendor? 9 p.m. doors; 9:30 p.m. show; $10 advance; $12 day of.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 19:
- Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I St. NW) hosts a unique cultural event featuring Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean, who will speak about his memoir, “Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story.” The book discusses his life as a celebrity, as well as poverty, immigration, religion and more. 6:30 p.m. doors; $35.
- Hang with the animals after hours at the National Zoo’s (3001 Connecticut Ave. NW) Grapes with the Apes event, where you can sample both local and national wines while enjoying live music from the Capital Jazz Band. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass. $55; 6-9 p.m.; 21+.
- D.C. Fashion Week's Fashion Industry Networking Party will round up bloggers, stylists, agents, models and more at Dirty Bar (1223 Connecticut Ave. NW). 6-10 p.m.; jewelry/accessory fashion show 7 p.m.; no cover; 18+/.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 20:
- Does the name Emily Haines ring a bell? Haines' Oscar-nominated electronic rock band Metric is headed to the Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md.). The group, whose music has been featured in films such as "Cosmopolis" and “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (hey, they do need to make money, OK?) will be performing songs from their new album “Synthetica.” 8 p.m.; $45.
- D.C. Fashion Week starts off the weekend with the South Asian Designer Showcase, featuring collections from India at Indique Heights (2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, Md.). 7 p.m.; $10.
- Need something low-key for your Friday, but not as low-key as Netflix + your couch? Head out for the Dr. Who happy hour at the Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW), with an episode of "Dr. Who" and drink specials. 7 p.m. doors; no cover.
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