What are you doing this week? We offer up our favorite picks for the five days ahead:
MONDAY, FEB. 27:
- Yelp Drinks Week is back, when participating bars across the city are serving adult "happy juice" all day long, all week... for 50 percent off! Each participating bar or restaurant is offering three noteworthy beverages at half price -- just mention Yelp to get the discount. Highlights include pisco punch for $4 at 8407 Kitchen Bar (8407 Ramsey Ave, Silver Spring) and Zeba strawberry lemonade for $4 at Zeba Bar (3423 14th St NW). See the full list of participating bars and restaurants here. Through Sunday, March .
- DC Brau's second batch of Penn Quarter Porter has been hanging out in Catoctin Creek Rye Whiskey barrels since the beginning of June. DC Brau has chosen not to bottle it -- so it needs to be imbibed, stat! This week's chance is at Pizzeria Paradiso (2003 P St. NW). Go, um, help. 6:30-9:30 p.m.; no cover.
- Paul Michel plays his last D.C. show with his band, Spirit Animal, at Black Cat Backstage (1811 14th St. NW). Go for thought-provoking electro-pop, a robust flavor of rock, and plaintive vocals. Spirit animals not included. 8 p.m. doors; $8.
TUESDAY, FEB. 28:
- A Wine and Food Truck Pairing Dinner at the National Press Club (529 14th St. NW) features six of the city's most notable food truck vendors. Their signature dishes will be paired with wines from Fourth Estate Restaurant. Food trucks participating include Big Cheese, Go Fish!, and BBQ Bus.In addition to a night full of food and fun, all attendees will be entitled to win a private cooking lesson with Executive Chef Susan Delbert. 6-9 p.m.; $35.
- The Gene Kelly Centennial Retrospective at the AFI Silver Theatre runs through March 4. Tuesday's option is "On the Town," which includes the iconic "New York, New York" sequence performed by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin. 4:45 p.m.; $8.50.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29:
- It's back! Banana Republic's Mad Men Collection flew off the shelves in August, but a new collection is headed to stores. Celebrate the launch with an exclusive style party in both D.C.and Virginia at the locations in Georgetown (3200 M St. NW), downtown(601 13th St.), Pentagon City and Tysons Corner locations. RSVP here.
- Retro chic is always in. Stay on trend by attending Shop & Social, Quarter Life's evening of vintage appreciation at Nana (3068 Mount Pleasant St. NW). Shop the hottest vintage looks and get a preview of Quarter Life's favorite spring styles.There will be snacks provided and a chance to get your photo taken for Quarter Life's "vintage appreciation" album. 5-7:30 p.m.; free; register online.
- L-Boogie is in the house! Five-time Grammy winner (and mom of six!) Lauryn Hill takes the stage at Warner Theatre (513 13th St. NW) for her "Moving Target" tour. 8 p.m.; $55-150.
- GW's Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St. NW) hosts the first in a series of events for the 2012 Flamenco Festival. The event features three of the top female dancers in the flamenco world today, who will showcase a variety of flamenco styles from its traditional Gypsy roots to today's modern moves... and you can opt in for a dinner catered by Jaleo. 8 p.m.; $35-$65, or $60-$90 with dinner. $20 for students and alumni.
THURSDAY, MARCH 1:
- If you have Bieber fever, then this event is for you. Zeba (3423 14th St. NW) is celebrating Justin Bieber's 18th birthday. Although the Biebs isn't old enough to drink, you can celebrate for him! Get 50 percent off mojitos, margaritas and Zeba strawberry lemonades (it’s a part of Yelp Drinks Week, so remember to mention Yelp to get the deals). If you didn't toss out your Bieber wig post-Halloween, you should definitely wear it -- you know, to add on to the night's festivities! The night also features trivia games and raffle prizes that'll make a Belieber outta you. 5-8 p.m. for happy hour specials on food and drinks.
- If you haven't yet seen "Red," your time is drawing short -- the critically acclaimed, six-time Tony Award winner is in its last week at the Arena Stage (1101 6th St. SW). The play details painter Mark Rothko's struggles with a series of grand-scale paintings for an elite hotel when an assistant challenges his artistic integrity. 8 p.m.; $40-$85.
- Doron Petersan, owner of the "Cupcake Wars"-winning Sticky Fingers, is sharing the secrets behind her success at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I St. NW). Petersan will present the recipes and techniques she uses for her most in-demand treats and sign copies of "Sticky Fingers' Sweets! 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes."7 p.m.; $8 in advance; $10 day of event.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2:
- Head to Smoke and Barrel (2471 18th St. NW) for a Craft Beer Countdown. At 10 p.m., all drafts go down $1. At 11 p.m., all drafts go down another dollar. At midnight... well, you see where this is going. The kitchen stays open until 1 a.m. serving the full menu. 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; no cover,
- The D.C. Independent Film Festival features "The Bright Side of the Moon" at the U.S. Navy Heritage Center (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). The film opens as a kidnapped woman arrives at an isolated cottage. Her kidnappers demand a $5 million ransom from her husband -- but he doesn’t want to pay it. Happy hour 6-8 p.m. Movie 7 p.m.; $10.
- The 1933 Marx Brothers movie "Duck Soup" is playing at the Alden Theatre (1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, Va.). Although the movie was panned upon its debut, it's now considered a classic. Groucho historian Frank Ferrante introduces the film that was banned by Mussolini. $5-$8; 8 p.m.
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- The Rebirth of Howard Theatre
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