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Going Out Guide

8 things to do in the D.C. area the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 3

January 30, 2017 at 10:30 AM

New restaurants are getting in on Winter Restaurant Week, including Ambar in Arlington. (Photo by Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Monday, Jan. 30

Winter Restaurant Week at multiple area locations: You know the drill with the twice-annual Restaurant Week promotion from the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington: For $35 at dinner and $22 at lunch, diners get a three-course meal at participating eateries throughout the region. But there's a new feature this year: brunch, offered for the same price as lunch. There also are a handful of new restaurants getting in on the promotion, including the poultry-focused the Bird in Logan Circle; the new Dirty Habit and Farmers and Distillers restaurants downtown; Ambar in Arlington and TenPenh in Tysons Corner. Through Sunday.

Related: [These are the best-looking menus of Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week]

Sixth anniversary celebration at Port City Brewing: For its sixth birthday, Port City is going big. The celebration starts with daily tappings of past anniversary beers, beginning with Colossal One — an award-winning Imperial stout — on Monday. The big finish: a two-day weekend party for the release of Colossal 6, a Russian Imperial stout that will be available on tap and in bottles to take home. (The brewery says the 10.2-percent ABV stout will "age beautifully for years to come.") Through Saturday. Free admission, beers priced individually.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Mariinsky Ballet: Alexei Ratmansky's "The Little Humpbacked Horse" at Kennedy Center: The celebrated Russian company offers a rare event: a fully Russian production, from theme to execution. The classic Russian fairy tale on which this ballet is based tells of a magical horse that helps a peasant's son gain the czar's favor and marry a princess. Ratmansky, the Russian choreographer whose many gifts include a great knack for telling a story, updates the original 1864 ballet and turns it into a comedy. Loads of bright, lively characters — including firebirds, sea people and half a dozen wet nurses (ah, the life of a czar!) — are swept into action. Through Sunday. 7:30 p.m. $49-$150.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Bell Biv DeVoe at the Park at 14th: BET's recent miniseries has thrust New Edition back in the spotlight, making this the perfect time for Bell Biv DeVoe — the chart-topping '90s trio featuring former New Edition members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe — to release its first album in 15 years. All three singers will be at the Park at 14th on Wednesday for a "Three Stripes" listening party, and the club's promise of "favorite hits, old and new" suggests you'll be dancing to "Poison" and "She's Dope!" as well as their latest material. Admission is free before 8 p.m. with RSVP.

Related: [BET’s ‘The New Edition Story’ shows how the boy band changed the world of R&B]

Thursday, Feb. 2

Allison Crutchfield & the Fizz at the Black Cat: After years spent collaborating with her twin sister, Katie (in Waxahatchee and P.S. Eliot), and playing in bands such as Swearin', Allison Crutchfield is branching out on her own. Her full-length debut on Merge Records, "Tourist in This Town," dropped last week, featuring the synthesizer-driven sound the versatile musician has embraced over the last few years. Also on the bill for the Black Cat's Backstage: former D.C. musicians Joey Doubek and Ashley Arnwine, who form the Philadelphia-based Pinkwash. 7:30 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

D.C. Punk Archive Basement Show at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is closing for renovations this spring, so this all-ages matinee will be its last D.C. Punk Archive basement show. The all-local lineup features Bad Moves, which just released a self-titled EP on Don Giovanni Records; the recently formed post-punk quartet Bacchae; and Light Beams, the latest project from District music veteran (and Post reporter) Justin Moyer. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free.

Friday, Feb. 3

"1967: Civil Rights at 50" at the Newseum: The Newseum continues its exploration of the civil rights movement by diving into the events of 1967. It was a year before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., when race riots had erupted in such major U.S. cities as Detroit, Atlanta and Cincinnati, and dozens had died because of unrest in New Jersey; champion boxer Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title after resisting the military draft; and the black power movement continued to grow. The exhibition puts magazine and newspaper coverage on display, while focusing on the role played by the First Amendment. $14.95-$24.95.

Color-In Creativity Night at Luce Foundation: The Smithsonian American Art Museum gets in on the trend of adult coloring books by encouraging you to try mimicking some of the country's greatest artists. The Luce Foundation event center will offer colorless prints of works featured in the gallery waiting to be given life. They're tossing in art supplies and free hot chocolate, and there's a cash bar if you need more inspiration. 5:30 p.m. Free.

-- Fritz Hahn, Sarah L. Kaufman, John Taylor

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported the incorrect prices for tickets at the Newseum. The correct prices are $14.95-$24.95.

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