Nightlife Agenda: Sherry, swinging jazz and the Brooklyn Mash

The DJs, bands, dance nights and parties you need to plan for. We'll feature more events throughout the week.


Chantal Tseng and Derek Brown sip sherry at their bar Mockingbird Hill., which is celebrating its first anniversary -- and International Sherry Week -- with a full slate of events. (Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post)

The Brooklyn Mash

The Brooklyn Mash, a week-long festival sponsored by the Brooklyn Brewing Company, purports to show us "What's next in food, film, comedy, music, books and beer." While you can expect the kind of humility New Yorkers are known for -- "Brooklyn is quietly becoming the nation's capital of comedy" is a sample press release quote -- there's a lot going on that's worth your time, especially if you like beer. On Tuesday night, the owners and brewers of Atlas Brew Works and DC Brau team with Brooklyn Brewery co-founder and president Steve Hindy to discuss the state of American craft brewing at the Atlas Brewery. Tickets are $6, which includes a beer from any of the breweries. (More will be for sale if you're thirsty.) Homebrewers can sign up for free seminars at the 3 Stars Brewing Company on Saturday afternoon. And there's much more: Another edition of the Found Footage Festival, a screening of weird and awful vintage films clips, Thursday at E Street Cinema; Brooklyn Ha Ha, a showcase of New York and D.C. comics at Red Rocks on H Street on Tuesday; and a concert with Brooklyn post-punk act the Men and locals Heavy Breathing, whose rough-and-tumble sound gets inspiration from old krautrock, Saturday at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

International Sherry Week

Monday is the first day of International Sherry Week, and no one in Washington is more excited than Mockingbird Hill, the city's premiere sherry and ham bar. The owners are sponsoring events all week, ranging from a Tuesday happy hour with $5 glasses of Tio Pepe from 5 to 7 p.m., to Wednesday's five-course dinner paired with sherry for $65. Three events, though, are really worth putting on your calendar:

On Thursday, Mockingbird Hill celebrates its first birthday by having Brendan Canty – the drummer in Fugazi and Rites of Spring – DJ his favorite punk records from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The bar will serve sherry happy hour specials, with a portion of proceeds benefiting D.C. Central Kitchen.

Friday finds Mockingbird Hill resurrecting Punch Club, a happy hour dedicated to socializing while drinking old-school punches from communal bowls. (It launched in 2009 at the bar of the Warehouse Theatre, a space now occupied by the Passenger.) Punch Club founder Dan Searing – now known as a partner in Room 11 – and Mockingbird Hill bar star Chantal Tseng are whipping up large batches of sherry cocktails and serving them for $6 a glass from 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday is the perfect day for anyone who wonders why there's an International Sherry Week in the first place: Tseng leads a special edition of her Sherry 101 class, discussing the role yeast plays in sherry's aging process and flavor. From 3 to 4 p.m., an informative lecture will pair a flight of five different sherries with small nibbles. Tickets are $45 and RSVPs are requested, but not required.

Jazz on the Gibson's patio

Capital Bop's monthly jazz loft series, the Jazz Loft, offers a chance to hear from across the spectrum of local jazz singers, instrumentalists and small groups at the Union Arts building on New York Avenue NE. During this month's D.C. Jazz Festival, when so much attention will be focused on visitors like Cyrus Chestnut and Roy Hargrove, Capital Bop will host a series of mini-Jazz Loft performances at Union Arts, the Capitol Hill gallery space the Fridge, and a block party in a parking lot at 945 Florida Ave. NW. But first, there's a party. To celebrate the Jazz Festival series as well as the new Capitol Bop website, there's a special happy hour on the patio at the Gibson on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Polyglot jazz vocalist Akua Allrich, bassist Kris Funn and swinging drummer Quincy Phillips perform at 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. Admission is free, but an RSVP is requested.

D-Nice at Red Rocks

In the early '80s, D-Nice was a teen wunderkind producer and DJ who found himself at the center of an early hip-hop dynasty. Linking up with the venerable KRS-One and DJ Scott LaRock, D-Nice made classics with Boogie Down Productions before he was old enough to vote. Since then, he's had the type of longevity that's rare in hip-hop. His two solo albums yielded golden era classics "Call Me D-Nice" and "Crumbs On The Table," his production credits include work with Queen Latifah and Kid Rock, and his status in the top tier of celebrity DJs puts him at the helm of the swankiest parties worldwide. D-Nice is usually rocking for the rich, powerful and famous, but he'll be throwing down in D.C. this Saturday at the Lodge at Red Rocks with Jerome Baker III and Sharkey, which means no one has to pay a cover charge. Doors open at 9 p.m.

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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