Belgian beer, ‘Memphis’ and the best things to do in D.C. this week


Felicia Boswell (center) plays Felicia in the national tour of "Memphis," which arrives at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday. (Photo by Paul Kolnik)

Monday

Epic Battles

Hard-hitting noise-rockers Battles know how to energize a room: The band’s clattering 2007 anthem “Atlas” often plays as warm-up music at sporting events around the world. They’re joined by D.C. soulmates Imperial China for an 8 p.m. show at the Black Cat.

Beginning Tuesday

Southern musicality

Tony-winning musical “Memphis” — the 1950s-set play about a white DJ who sheds light on black music — rocks as it rolls into the Kennedy Center.

Wednesday through Sunday

Belgian beer festival

A five-day festival offers beer lovers multiple ways to explore the unique flavors of Belgian beer.

Thursday

Drinks with four-legged friends

The Blue Banana welcomes humans and pooches alike at its charitable Yappy Hour. Dogs enjoy bones, water and a doggie pool, humans get $4 drinks all night, and the Washington Humane Society receives 20 percent of all sales.

Thursday

A life in fashion

Cuban-American fashion designer Isabel Toledo — known for designing Michelle Obama’s green dress/coat ensemble for the 2008 inauguration — talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan about her life and career Thursday evening at the Corcoran. Meet both Toledo and Givhan at a cocktail reception before the discussion.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.

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