Eat, read, drink and watch movies. Sounds like a pretty good week.
Eat for a Cause
A quartet of deliciousness is teaming up on Monday to feed not just D.C.’s discriminating palates, but the needy as well. Toki Underground, Maketto, Buffalo & Bergen and Rappahannock DC have put together a nice four-course meal at Rappahannock Oyster Bar at Union Market, with proceeds going to benefit Miriam’s Kitchen.
The dinner, which runs $50, not including optional pairings, will have two seatings, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sommelier-ebrity Neil Dundee will preside over the wine selection. To make your reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baseball Season Revisited
The Washington Nationals just pulled off a big-time trade to score workhorse pitcher Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers, opening up another season of debate on the Nats’ upcoming season and the team’s championship prospects. But it wasn’t always so pretty for baseball in the nation’s capital, as Frederic Frommer, the author of “You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball From 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions,” shows in his thoughtful and fun read about the original, 19th-century Nats, the Senators, the Homestead Grays and the current team. Frommer, a reporter for The Associated Press here in D.C., trains his reporter’s eye on not just the teams, but the city around them, as well as the personalities on and off the field. Frommer will speak about his book at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at D.C.’s flagship Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library downtown at 901 G St. NW. Former Senators announcer Phil Hochberg, who’s also called a few CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Games in his day, will be there with Frommer for the discussion. Free, at the MLK Library’s Washingtoniana, Room 307, and presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
A Right Proper Opening
The District’s latest brewing operation, Right Proper Brewing Co., opens its doors to the public on Tuesday. The new Shaw establishment, located at 624 T St. NW, opens at 5 p.m. and will be pouring and feeding until 11 p.m., with a culinary focus on Southern cuisine to go with its tightly-kept-under-wraps beer and wine selection. Regular hours will be 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Europe, Via Silver Spring
The American Film Institute’s European Union Film Showcase continues throughout this week at AFI’s Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md. The annual rite of late autumn festival offers capital-area Europeans and the Europhiles around them to check out films that you’re just not likely to come across any other place, outside of Paris, Zagreb or Bucharest, that is. Highlights include the Dec. 13 showing of Daniel Cohen’s “The Chef,” starring Jean Reno, and the Dec. 14 screening of David Frankel’s “One Chance.” For a rundown of the schedule, go to afi.com/silver/EUShowcase.
Roll Call After Dark is about what Washington does when it's not at work.
The District of Columbia is a cultural capital where you can you get your kicks from movies projected on the National Mall, lectures on vermouth or Russian avant-garde art. There's always something to do.
Jason Dick is the Hill Life editor for Roll Call and has also worked at Greenwire, CongressDaily and National Journal Daily during his time in Washington. @jasonjdick