It’s going to be one of those weeks. Capitol Hill and everyone associated with it will be all wrapped up in the latest congressional train wreck. That makes it even more important to get out whenever one can, and what better way to cope with it all than to rock out?
Check Into the Hotel
The Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE) has live acts throughout the week, starting with cello bluesman Ben Sollee (you read that right) on Oct. 1. River Whyless opens. Doors at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Indie rock gods Typhoon (they’re from Portland, of course) play the next night with Radiation City, but the show’s already sold out. Still, if you know a guy … On Oct. 3, surf-rockers Surfer Blood play a triple bill with Team Spirit and Andy Boay. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $16 in advance, $18 at the door. On Oct. 4, local super group Black Masala, a you-have-to-hear-them-to-believe-them band complete with sax, guitar and accordion, heads up another triple bill with M.H. and His Orchestra and Orchester Prazevica. Our very own Gogol Bordello. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., $10 in advance and at the door. And why not end the week in a groove, with local reggae dudes Lucky Dub, who will play with Dub City Renegades and Aliflic on Oct. 5. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $10, in advance or at the door. Honestly, if you need to blow off steam, this is the place for you.
It’s in the Hole!
Union Market brings back its DC Drive-In on Oct. 4, and, as a colleague said, “They had me at ‘Caddy Shack.’” The all-time greatest movie about golf, snobs, slobs and capital punishment for your own good will show on the wall at 1309 Fifth St. NE. Starts at dusk, but get there early for a good spot and order beers, oysters, sandwiches, cheese, empanadas, shakes, cupcakes or raw meat from the vendors at Union Market.
Cooking for How Many?
Washington Post and DC Magazine food writer David Hagedorn leads a class at Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) on Oct. 5 that will show folks how to plan a dinner party of one’s own, soup to nuts to napkins and logistics. Hagedorn will emphasize preparing such an event in a way that not only won’t drive you crazy but will actually be an enjoyable experience for host and guests.
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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