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Last weekend’s sun and moderate temperatures were heaven for those who’ve been waiting months to drink beer outdoors. Dacha, the no-frills beer garden in Shaw, opened Saturday for the first time in more than three months, and there wasn’t a spare seat at picnic tables or around the small bar. With temperatures expected to stay in the 60s through Wednesday, the bar has announced that it will be open during the week and launching a happy hour that includes $5 half-liters of Weihenstephaner beers from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. (Those who prefer novelty glasses can grab a 33-ounce glass boot of beer for $10.) There are loose themes for each night — Wednesday is “Shaw Neighborhood Happy Hour,” but the deals are offered to all comers. As a reminder: Dacha is outdoors-only and doesn’t serve food, so you might want to get snacks at the new Giant down the street. You can, however, bring your dog: There’s a big glass of treats at the bar.
Monday-Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Dacha Beer Garden, 1600 Seventh St. NW. 202-524-8790. No cover charge.
Charlotteville’s Starr Hill Brewery has announced that Grateful Pale Ale, which was a summer-only release last year, will be sold year-round. It’s not hard to see why: Hoppy and piney yet easy drinking, Grateful also is less than 5 percent alcohol, jumping on the trend for more “sessionable” pale ales. Grateful gets its official Washington launch at ’60s-influenced Georgetown rock venue Gypsy Sally’s, and it’s easy to guess the theme: An all-star team of Charlottesville musicians will perform Grateful Dead tunes all night.
Wednesday at 7 p.m. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. 202-333-7700, www.gypsysallys.com. $10 in advance, $14 day of the show.
On May 3, the organizers of the Funk Parade promise to bring “a one-of-a-kind parade, street fair, and music festival” to U Street, with participation from the Howard Theatre, Bohemian Caverns and U Street Music Hall. The countdown to the Funk Parade begins this week with a kickoff party and fundraiser at Liv. Headlining is the Funk Parade All-Star Band, which includes members of local Afrobeat outfit Elikeh and reggae group Lucky Dub. DJ Nitekrawler of all-vinyl soul party Moneytown and DJ Michael Saretsky of Haydee’s popular TNT night will keep the funk flying.
Thursday at 8 p.m. Liv, 2001 11th St. NW. funkparade.eventbrite.com. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
The current diva landscape is sparse, pretty much consisting of RiRi and Bey above everyone else, and it has been easy to forget the lineage of the past few decades. For a refresher, head to the Howard Theatre with some dance-appropriate footwear and immerse yourself in a party dedicated to Chaka Khan, Teena Marie, Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin, all of whom celebrate birthdays in March, which also is Women’s History Month. DJs Lance Reynolds, I:Wah and 2-Tone Jones will take the decks in service of these four queens of soul.
Friday at 11 p.m. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW, 202-803-2899 www.thehowardtheatre.com. $10 in advance, $12.50 day of the show.