eliza berkon is a features writer and musician based in washington d.c. 

12 Things to Do Around D.C. This Week

Food and film are the themes this week as Monday marks both the start of Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week and a mere two days till the release of Crazy Rich Asians. So go eat a fancy lunch and when you're done, grab an oversized soda and some Raisinets and wait for the opening credits.

MONDAY, AUGUST 13

A PRETTY GOOD EXCUSE TO DRINK ON A MONDAY: It's summer restaurant week, which means special menus ($22 lunch and $35 dinner) and special events will be popping up at participating restaurants from now through Sunday. In a joint effort to honor the occasion, Atlas Brewing Company and Ivy City Smokehouse are co-hosting a kick-off night with local Americana cover band The Last Real Circus Show. (Ivy City Smokehouse, 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m., FREE)

DIGGING INTO TOUGH TERRAIN: "How well do we really know our neighbors?" ask organizers behind Exploring Religious Identity and Race Through Civil Dialogue, a workshop led by the Religious Freedom Center and presented by the Newseum that offers ways to respectfully discuss differences in diverse communities. (Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., FREE)

PLEASE DON'T STOP THE MUSIC: Quiet yoga is fine, but wouldn't you rather have some synths blaring to drown out the sound of your fellow students practicing Ujjayi breathing? Do your down dogs to some meditative melodies at Soundscape Yoga. (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 6 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Making Sense of Climate Change (S. Dillon Ripley Center, 6:45 p.m., $30-$45), Argentine Tango Workshop (Glen Echo Park, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., $22)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14

WHAT JOKESTERS: The folks who bring us High Frequency Humor: Laughing with auGustothink they're pretty clever—"auGusto" is their quick-witted way of combining the current month with a synonym for zeal. Expect some even funnier material when comedians including D.C.-based Shahryar Rizvi take the stage. (Big Bear Cafe, 8 p.m., $8)

NO, NOT THOSE FLY GIRLS: Getting out of bed in the morning and showing up to work is hard enough, so let's not even discuss loading yourself into a plane to risk your life in an aviation race. Yet this is what many men and women did a couple decades after that famous transportation innovation emerged from Kitty Hawk, N.C. A handful of those female pilots (Did someone say Amelia Earhart?) worked together to strive for greater equality in a sport dominated by men. Learn more from author and journalist Keith O'Brien at a discussion of Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History. (Politics and Prose, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., FREE)

NOT HERE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Six years after freelance journalist Austin Tice was held at a Syrian checkpoint, he has yet to be released. Attend an opening reception for the National Press Club photo exhibit Austin Tice: Children of Syria, with speakers including Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan, Reporters Without Borders North America director Margaux Ewen and Tice's parents. (National Press Club, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Tuesday Night Open Mic (Busboys and Poets, 9 p.m., $5), Hand Lettering Doodle Session: Heat (Catylator Makerspace, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., FREE)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE: In what is surely one of 2018's most buzzworthy films, Crazy Rich Asians is about to rain down all its Kevin Kwan-created sparkling splendor on theaters nationwide. It's the first major American film in 25 years to feature a mostly Asian cast. Celebrate this week at an Opening Night Party with three screenings. (National Museum of American History, 5:30 p.m.-Midnight, $50-$65)

PAPAL PEPLUM: Learn more about the major art event that brought us Rihanna-as-popeearlier this year at the talk Heavenly Bodies at the Met: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, in which Barnard College art history professor Anne Higonnet discusses an assortment of sartorial spiritualists. (S. Dillon Ripley Center, 6:45 p.m., $30-$45)

THE TORTOISE WINS: Years before slow TV became a thing, Slow Food was establishing itself as an organization that aims to make sure "everyone has access to good, clean, and fair food." At Slow Food D.C. Summer Happy Hour, taste some of the food that gets Slow Food's Snail of Approval distinction, along with a couple of cocktails. (Garrison, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., $30)

MORE: Yoga in Luce (Smithsonian American Art Museum, 6 p.m., $10), U.S. Capitol Historical Society August Lectures: Seth Masket (Ketchum Hall, Noon, FREE), NoMa Summer Screen: Thelma and Louise (The Lot at First and Pierce, 8 p.m., FREE), Movie and a Meal: Il Sorpasso(Via Umbria, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., $30)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

A "TOXIC BROTHERHOOD": CNN contributor and former police officer Matthew Horace discusses his new book, The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement—which examines the role of racism in recent police shootings—with Howard University professor Ron Harris. (Politics and Prose, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., FREE)

BEYOND BOOTH: Geek out with the younger members of Ford's Theatre staff at Under 35: Museum Night, a chance to hobnob (drink in hand) with folks who have a few stories worth sharing about the legendary theater. (Ford's Theatre, 6 p.m., $18, 21+)

BEER=V8: From barley to coriander, the ingredients to make and flavor beer are the work of someone's green thumb. (So you're saying beer is healthy?) At The Garden in Your Beer, learn about the herbs, fruits, and other ingredients that make your beer go down easy, and sip a few samples while you're at it. (National Museum of American History, 6:45 p.m., $50-$70)

MORE: Kevin Allison for Risk! (Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 6:30 p.m., FREE), Curtains(The Theatre Lab, 7:30 p.m., $15), LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn: The Wizard of Oz (Library of Congress North Lawn, 8 p.m., FREE), Anacostia Unmapped 2.0 Artist Talk. (CAH Gallery, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., FREE), Book Signing and Discussion with Gessie Belizaire (Embassy of Haiti, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., FREE), Bard in the Park: The Lion King (Canal Park at Capitol Riverfront, 7 p.m., FREE)

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