What are you doing this week? We offer up our favorite picks for the five days ahead:
MONDAY, Jan. 23:
- Bethesda-Chevy Chase Restaurant Week begins Monday, Jan. 23, running through next Sunday. Participating spots include Redwood, Brasserie Monte Carlo, Assagi Mozzarella Bar, the Old Angler's Inn and Jaleo Bethesda. Two-course $13-$16; three-course dinner $33 (excluding drinks, tax and tip).
- Sip, Savor, Shop at Tysons Galleria (2001 International Drive, McLean, Va.) offers prix-fixe menus and special offers through Sunday. Participating restaurants include Wildfire, the Daily Grill, the Cheesecake Factory, Michel by Michel Richard, P.F. Chang's and more. See menus here.
- Middle Earth Mondays wrap up at the Black Cat Backstage (1811 14th St. NW). This week's screening is the final movie, "The Return of the King" -- although planners are contemplating another night, showing only special features, so stay tuned. 8 p.m. doors; free.
TUESDAY, JAN. 24:
- Ça Va? Magazine, D.C.'s latest glossy to hit hte scene, celebrates its launch at Ulah Bistro (1214 U St. NW). Catch a fashion show by designer Katya Leoncio of La Dolce Vita Swimwear (9 p.m.), plus raffled-off swag bags, free hor d'ouvres, and international house beats. Specials include $2.50 margaritas and a three-course dinner for $19.95. Guest list only; RSVP to Amanda Minnie at email@example.com. Donation of $5 to St. Jude Research Hospital required.
- Alt-country superstar Ryan Adams take the stage at Strathmore on the strength of his latest album, "Ashes & Fire," his first solo album since parting ways with The Cardinals. Jason Isbell opens. 8:30 p.m.; $45.
- Celebrate Imperial Hefeweizen's D.C. release at Pizzeria Paradiso (3282 M St. NW) with a half-price tap takeover during happy hour. 5-7 p.m.; no cover.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25:
- The Capital City Showcase feautires four stand-up comedians (Emily Ruskowshi, Shahryar Rizvi, Kasuan Wilson and Tim Young), improv comedy and an acoustic set at Riot Act (801 E St. NW). 8:30 p.m.; $12.
- Melissa Jacobs, editor of TheFootballGirl.com, leads a Women & Pigskin conversation about what it means to be a female NFL fan. Play trivia, share stories and make your own Super Bowl predictions at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I St. NW). 7 p.m.; $8 in advance; $10 the day of the event.
- Wednesdays mean half-price burgers at 1905 (1905 9th St. NW, 2nd floor), plus $3 Stella Artois, Shock Tap, DAB and Porkslap Pale Ale, plus $4 rail drinks. Dinner service 5:30-10:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, JAN. 26:
- The fourth annual H Street Karaoke Championship returns to the Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE). Specials include 16-ounce PBR Tallboys and shots of "crap whiskey. 7:30 p.m. doors; 8:30-11 p.m. event.
- Two D.C. brands are having a love child, and you're invited to the shotgun wedding, DCBeer.com wishes to inform you. Head to Nellie's Sports Bar (900 U St. NW) for free Chocolate City beer and Hello Cupcake treats, where you'll get the first glimpse of their mysterious but surely tasty "offspring." 7-9 p.m.; no cover; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Erik Sprague -- otherwise known as the Lizardman -- pays a visit to Red Palace (1212 H St. NE), bringing along a mix of stand-up, sideshow acts and his own body for entertainment. Sprague, in case you're unfamiliar with the name, is the dude who's redesigned his body with implants, a split tongue, scale tattoos and more, to resemble a human lizard. 8:30 p.m. doors; 9 p.m. show; $5 advance; $10 day of event.
- Art Soiree brings together a tongue-in-cheek view of what the year ahead will look like, with Apocalyptoon 2012. The opening party Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) includes free food, live music (local journalist band Suspicious Package) and a cash bar, plus the chance to mingle with exhibiting cartoonists. The exhibit is on view for free Jan. 27-29. 6 p.m.; opening party $25.
FRIDAY, JAN. 27:
- The Washington Auto Show pulls into the Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW) with special appearances and performances (J.R. Martinez, Captain Planet, lion and dragon dancers), featured vehicles, vendors, contests and giveaways, through Feb. 5. Fri. noon-10 p.m.; see more hours here. Adults $12; kids $5.
- Is it wrong for us to be this excited about a Monster Truck Jam? Well, we're sorry, but we are. The Grave Digger -- the monster truck world's most famous creature -- will celebrate his (her? its?) 30th anniverary at the Verizon Center (601 F St. NW) through Sunday. Fri. 7:30 p.m.; see more hours here. $20-$60; $2 more the day of event.
- Mirror to the World: Documentary Photography opens at Glen Echo Park (7300 MacAthrur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md.), running through Feb. 27. Images come from the District, as well as Indonesia, Italy, the Pacific Northwest and more. "Visual essays" include the story of a homeless woman's struggle for survival in Washington, within sight of government offices. Opening reception Fri. 6-9 p.m.; free to the public. Sat. 1-4 p.m.; Sun. 1-8 p.m.
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