Tuesday, Oct. 4
'Big Talk, Small Plates' debate viewing party at Boqueria: During Tuesday's vice-presidential debate, the Spanish restaurant offers a special menu for $45 per person, featuring sangria, draft beer and such tapas as tortilla española, meatballs, patatas bravas, churros and more. Reserve in advance to guarantee a seat in the screening room. 8:45 p.m.
Band of Skulls at Black Cat: English trio Band of Skulls is a throwback to the straight-ahead power rock of old, featuring the soulful croon of lead singer-guitarist Russell Marsden. The band’s latest album, “By Default,” opens with the anthemic “Black Magic,” which finds Marsden filling the space between vocal phrases with flurries of electric notes. 7:30 p.m. $20.
Wednesday, Oct. 5
James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour at Del Campo: Chef Victor Albisu of Del Campo is hosting some of D.C.’s leading chefs — Erik Bruner-Yang, Scott Drewno and Mike Isabella, to name a few — along with such out-of-town award winners as Ian Boden from the Shack in Staunton, Va., and Justin Severino of Cure and Morcilla in Pittsburgh, to prepare a six-course meal. 6:30 p.m. $210.
'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' at the Kennedy Center: Based on Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' took home five Tony Awards in 2015, including best play. It’s about an intelligent but socially challenged teenage boy who’s suspected of killing his neighbor’s dog and resolves to find out who really did it. 7:30 p.m. $39-$149.
Thursday, Oct. 6
The Shaw Bijou pop-up bar at Central Michel Richard: An all-out meal at chef Kwame Onwuachi's Shaw Bijou will cost $481 per person. For $14, diners can taste a cocktail from the upcoming restaurant, prepared at this pop-up bar by head bartender Ben Long, who will also be mixing drinks honoring the late Michel Richard. Through Friday. 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Chance the Rapper at EagleBank Arena: Chance the Rapper is one of the most buzzed-about rappers in the music industry. A master of the mix tape, the 23-year-old rapper has yet to release an album for profit, opting for streaming releases. In D.C., he'll be joined by Francis and the Lights. Sold out. Resale tickets available.
Friday, Oct. 7
Mike Birbiglia at the Strathmore: In “Thank God for Jokes,” Mike Birbiglia wades into what has become a mine field for comics and writers, discussing what’s funny, what’s offensive and what really ticks people off. The actor, writer and comedian presents his stories in front of a big stained-glass window as he weaves religion and political correctness into his tales of jokes gone wrong. 8 p.m. $20-$60.
'Ghostbusters' at Union Market: It's officially the end of outdoor-movie season. Union Market closes its drive-in series with the 1984 film "Ghostbusters." Parking costs $10, but the screening is free for those who arrive on foot or on a bike. 5:30-9:30 p.m.
VelocityDC Dance Festival at Sidney Harman Hall: Now in its eighth year, VelocityDC Dance Festival brings a combination of accessible and eccentric entertainment to Washington audiences, offering dance performances from tap to flamenco that can suit just about everyone’s taste. Plus, it’s affordable: Ticket prices range from $18 to $30. Through Saturday.
- Emily Codik, Macy Freeman, Rudi Greenberg, Becky Krystal, Lori McCue, Savannah Stephens, John Taylor