Going Out Guide: Mix it up with DJs and drag queens

October 8, 2013

Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events at www.goingoutguide.com.

Bing Bang Bingo

We’re not exactly sure what Mellow Mushroom’s monthly Bing Bang Bingo has in store for its Halloween edition, but when the host of the event is a drag queen named Heidi Glum, you know things will be interesting. The evening mixes a half-dozen rounds of saucy bingo and three even-saucier drag performances starring Jessica Spaulding Deverreoux, Pussy Noir and Ernie Erne Curtis. There’s no charge to play, and beer and cocktail specials begin at 7 p.m.

Wednesday at 8 p.m. Mellow Mushroom, 2436 18th St. NW. 202-290-2778. www.mellowmushroom.com. Free admission.

Deltron 3030

Kid Koala is the Willy Wonka of the turntables. Del the Funky Homosapien is a West Coast underground O.G. Dan the Automator is the master of concepts and studio alchemy. They’re all heroes in their own right, but together Deltron 3030 is more than the sum of its parts. Thirteen years after the hip-hop trio released its futuristic debut, the group has finally dropped its second album and will be presenting it at the Howard Theatre.

Thursday at 9 p.m. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

U Street Brew tapping party

We love the idea of U Street Brew — a new “funky IPA” that aims to “exemplify the U Street vibe,” not to mention that 50 cents from every pint sold will go to the Howard Theatre Foundation and the Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation. We just wish that a beer celebrating one of Washington’s most important neighborhoods was being brewed in D.C. instead of at Baltimore’s Baltimore-Washington Beer Works, the home of Raven Beer. Still, we’re going to give it the benefit of the doubt for now: We enjoy Raven, and the charitable aspect is welcome. Give U Street Brew a try at its official launch party at Ben’s Next Door. Here’s an extra incentive: The beer will be $3 per pint from 6 p.m. to close.

Thursday at 6 p.m. Ben’s Next Door, 1211 U St. NW. 202- 667-8880. www.bensnextdoor.com. Free admission.

Fall beer tasting

You probably don’t think of Politics and Prose as a place to grab a beer, although the popular bookstore does serve brews from D.C. Brau, Great Lakes and Port City during trivia night and selected author readings. This weekend, Politics and Prose will be hosting its first beer tasting, which promises to be one of the most literate beer events in the city. Guests will taste small pours of eight Oktoberfest lagers and pumpkin beers and vote for a favorite in each category; the most popular will make it onto the store’s forthcoming fall beer menu. As you sip, local author and historian Garrett Peck will talk about the history of brewing in D.C. Peck is the author of “Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t,” so he’s well versed in local beer culture.

Saturday at 8 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. www.politics-prose.com. $20, includes beer and light refreshments.

Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson

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.
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