Monday, Sept. 12
Royal Knights at the Royal: The Royal's monthly cocktail series turns its attention to National Bourbon Heritage Month as bartender Brian Nixon of McClellan's Retreat joins the Royal's house mixologist Lee Carrell in serving eight bourbon cocktails for $8 each. Ask about a special 12-year-old Willett whiskey, which is usually only available at the Bardstown distillery. 9 p.m.
Washington Redskins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEx Field: After a relatively drama-free training camp, the Washington Redskins enter the NFL regular season in a prime-time spotlight, facing the Pittsburgh Steelers on “Monday Night Football.” A match up with Pittsburgh’s perennial contenders should help calibrate Redskins fans’ expectations, which are a tick higher after last season’s surprise playoff run. 7:10 p.m. Starting at $80.
Tuesday, Sept. 13
‘Sense and Sensibility’ at Folger Theatre: Don’t be alarmed that a classic Jane Austen piece gets things rolling for Folger Theatre: It’s tied to the Folger Shakespeare Library’s “Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity” exhibition. This Bedlam theater company production, directed by Eric Tucker, had its world premiere in New York in 2014. Through Oct. 30. $30-$75.
‘Romeo & Juliet’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre: Washington already has had a few variations of this, perhaps the Bard’s most famous work, come through town this year. This time, Alan Paul directs his first Shakespeare work for the company, which is starting its 30th season. Andrew Veenstra and Ayana Workman star in the title roles. Through Oct. 30. $44-$118.
Wicked Weed launch party at ChurchKey: Fans of sour and funky ales have had their prayers answered: Wicked Weed is finally going to be available in the D.C. area. The much-heralded Asheville, N.C. brewery's beers arrive this week with two parties to welcome them to town. ChurchKey hosts the official Welcome to D.C. party on Sept. 13, while sister beer bar Rustico Alexandria taps the first kegs in Virginia on Sept. 15. 4 p.m.
‘Point Break’ at AFI Silver: Loving something because it's absurd is a special feeling. Embrace that feeling by seeing “Point Break” at the AFI Silver. No, not the remake — the original, compelling, utterly cheesy 1991 story of an FBI agent (Keanu Reeves) who goes undercover to infiltrate a group of bank-robbing surfers, led by Patrick Swayze. 9:15 p.m. $13.
Foraged cider debut at Anxo: Washington's first cidery taps its first two "Foraged Ciders," made from crabapples foraged in D.C. and apples foraged in New York and New Jersey. Only one keg each of Foraged Cider #1 and Foraged Cider #2 are being served, so early arrival is suggested. Another reason to celebrate: Anxo begins to-go sales this week, allowing guests to take home any bottle of cider on the menu. 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 14
The In Series season kick-off and cast party at Atlas Performing Arts Center: The In Series company presents two light operas in which women turn the tables on men: Pergolesi’s 18th-century “The Servant Mistress” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury,” a satirical one-act operetta. A cast party with light bites and wine follows the performance. 7:30 p.m. $85.
Thursday, Sept. 15
Angel Olsen at 9:30 Club: With “My Woman,” her third full length album — and the first since her 2014 breakthrough, “Burn Your Fire for No Witness” — Angel Olsen continues to expand her reverb-soaked sound. After years of making music in the indie-rock world, including collaborations with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Olsen worked with a pop producer on the new record, released this month to rave reviews. 7 p.m. $20.
Friday, Sept. 16
Turf and Terrain Twilight Tour in Foggy Bottom: The fifth Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial places contemporary sculpture in the yards of private homes around the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Curator Danielle O’Steen leads a tour of the art, followed by a wine happy hour and discussion at the River Inn. 7 p.m. Free.
- Fritz Hahn, Terence McArdle, Kristen Page-Kirby, John Taylor