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11 Virtual And IRL Things To Do This Week In D.C.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

OUTSIDE VOICES: The President Woodrow Wilson House is celebrating the centennial of the 19th amendment with an outdoor exhibit. Enjoy this week’s cooler weather and take in “Suffrage Outside!” which showcases how women worked outside the home and the mainstream to achieve voting rights in 1920. Register for a spot online, grab a face mask, and head to S Street to take in some history. Exhibit runs through November 1. (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., FREE, donations welcome)

TABLE READ: One bright spot in an increasingly virtual landscape has been the continued access to live theater, even via screen. This week’s offering comes from Signature Theatre, which is kicking off its SigWorks Monday Night New Play Reading Series with At the Full Yum, followed by a Q&A. Written by D.C. playwright Rahima Rice, the story takes place over one tense night and focuses on parenting a Black teenage boy in the District. (7 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Virtual Trivia | Hispanic Heritage Month Edition (D.C. Public Library, 6:30 p.m., FREE), P&P Live! Indie Press Night: Milkweed Editions (Politics & Prose Live, 8 p.m, Pay What You Can)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALMA: Celebrate the 129th birthday of African-American expressionist Alma Woodsey Thomas with a virtual happy hour from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. La Cosecha bar director Andra “AJ” Johnson will teach how to make a specialty cocktail — titled “Mother of Color” — while Dr. Gwendolyn Everett, associate professor of art history at Howard University, discusses Thomas’s work and legacy. (5:30 p.m., FREE)

BOTTOM’S UP: It’s time for the seventh annual Battle of the Barrel-Aged Beer at Boundary Stone. This year, the event is going virtual. Join in by purchasing a package which includes five reusable, 12-ounce crowlers from participating breweries: 3 Stars, Atlas, DC Brau, Port City, and Right Proper. Taste them all and then vote for your favorite. (8 p.m., $110)

SCANDAL!: Take a walk on the scandalous side of the District with a White House at Night: Secrets & Scandals tour. Play tourist and learn about the scandals, duels, and affairs that took place outside of the president’s residence. This tour is adults-only, so you know it will be risque. Get a group of three or more together (while socially distancing) for a private tour. (8 p.m., $26)

MORE: Mobile Photography Class (Vinny Mwano, 6 p.m., FREE), 2020 WOLA Human Rights Awards and Benefit Gala (Washington Office on Latin America, 8 p.m., $50)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

BOOK TALK: Kevin Kwan, whose novel Crazy Rich Asians took the world by storm, is back with an NYC-set tale, Sex and Vanity. The novel is a spin on E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View with a woman from an upper-class family being forced to choose between two loves. Hear Kwan chat about his book with reporter and author Kat Chow at this Smithsonian Associates event. (6:45 p.m., $30)

KINDNESS WINS: If feeling overwhelmed by everything, artist and illustrator Mo Willems is here to help! Willems and the Kennedy Center are celebrating the Small Works Project where, for 50 days, they’ll highlight small acts of kindness that help to make the world a better place. Submit your small works story online; those chosen will receive an original small artwork from Mo. (Ongoing, FREE)

SPIRITED ROAD TRIP: Designate a driver and hit the road to check out the Virginia Spirits Trail. There are more than 30 Virginia distilleries to choose from, from Fairfax to Richmond and many stops in between. Plan ahead and use this interactive map to find which locations are open to tours, tastings, and to-go cups. (Ongoing, prices vary)

MORE: District Hunt (Game Genius, Ongoing, FREE), Beyond Breath: An Introduction to SKY Medication (Art of Living Foundation, 7 p.m., FREE)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

HOOK ’EM: Take a break from the couch and head to Ballston in Arlington to watch the 1991 Steven Spielberg-directed movie Hook outdoors. A ticket will get you a six-foot-by-six-foot (perfect for social social distancing!) picnic blanket square and a $10 gift card to We, the Pizza. Face masks are required, so pack accordingly. (7:30 p.m., $40)

BLACK HOLLYWOOD: The March on Washington Film Festival is being held online this year, with seven days of film celebrating Civil Rights icons. Check out the “Black Hollywood Then & Now” panel from filmmaker Roger Ross Williams, director Yoruba Richen, and actor Hill Harper, where they will discuss the evolving role of African-Americans in American films. (7 p.m., $25 All Access Festival Pass)

JAZZ IT UP: The 16th annual D.C. Jazzfest is streaming live this year. There will be five days of performances, interviews, and more. It kicks off on Thursday with sets from Ben Williams, Cecily, and the Danilo Pérez Trio with Ben Street and Adam Cruz (The Chuck Brown Band plays on Friday). Watch via Facebook or Fans.com. The event is free, and merch is available here to jazz up your wardrobe. (7 p.m., FREE, donations welcome)

MORE: Conversations on Creativity, History, and Leadership (Ford Theatre, 4 p.m., FREE), Meet the AIRs (Dance Place, 8 p.m., FREE)

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