Monday, March 12
K. Flay at the 9:30 Club: As K. Flay, Kristine Flaherty gruffly spits old-school hip-hop flows over a mélange of indie rock and electronic pop. On last year’s “Every Where Is Some Where,” Flaherty walked to the edge and peered into the abyss, finding songs bluesy and brooding but not unapproachable. To be clear, her rapping doesn’t have anything to do with hip-hop at large, but she’s technically proficient, as when she raps, “In a world full of uptight gentlemen I wanna find a boy smelling like sweet cinnamon to quote some Tennyson while we take Benadryl to make my head a bit extra light.” For a self-described “Suburban Rap Queen,” that’s perfect. 7:30 p.m. $20.
Tuesday, March 13
Prohibition Party at Catoctin Creek Distilling: The acclaimed distillery in Purcellville, Va., is taking on a Roaring '20s theme for the night to raise money for Mobile Hope, which aids homeless youth and young adults in Loudoun County. The evening includes cocktails, a DJ, vendors and free appetizers. 6 to 8 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Rum-Spring-AH at Cotton and Reed Distilling: Local literary group the Inner Loop attempts to ignore the cold weather with tropical rum cocktails at Cotton and Reed. Award-winning author Alyce Miller and nine other writers share their original poems, fiction and nonfiction. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Free; drinks priced individually.
Wednesday, March 14
Pi Day at Pi Pizzeria: 3/14 is also known as Pi Day, because 3.14 are the only digits of pi that most people can remember. But if you know more, you can find yourself with a lot of pizza and beer. The centerpiece of Pi Pizzeria's annual Pi Day celebration is a contest to see who can list the most digits of pi from memory, beginning at 4 p.m. The winner takes home a $100 gift card. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free.
Understanding Irish Whiskey at Petworth Citizen: On St. Patrick's Day, most revelers reach for Jameson or Bushmills when they want an Irish whiskey. But there's much more out there than the megabrands. Dan Searing and Kelly Young, who lead the monthly Whisky Brothers tasting at Petworth Citizen, are hosting a class that will cover the ins and outs of new craft start-ups, traditional pot still whiskeys (made from a blend of malted and unmalted barley), and the popular blended styles. Searing teases that they'll have a few rare bottles to taste, including Green Spot Chateau Montelena, which is finished in French oak wine casks. 7 to 9 p.m. $45.50.
Washington Ballet’s three world premieres at Sidney Harman Hall: Take a glimpse at the future of dance as the Washington Ballet presents a program of three newly commissioned works. Set to live music, this performance features pieces from emerging choreographers who’ve danced in such companies as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and American Ballet Theatre. In “Three World Premieres,” the choreographers explore their own histories and experiences as dancers. Through March 18. $25-$118.
Thursday, March 15
Lee Ann Womack at Rams Head Onstage: There’s no better country music weather vane than Lee Ann Womack. The Texan star started her career in the Dolly Parton mold before going pop with the massive ballad “I Hope You Dance.” Then she went traditional for a few albums, and when she emerged from a six-year hiatus in 2014, there was a rootsy rawness to her lived-in tales. Now she has recorded an album perfect for the neo-traditionalist moment: the grayscale “The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone,” which finds her once-delicate birdsong taking on a weathered, worn quality befitting all the places she has been. 8 p.m. $65.
Nat Geo Nights: From the Front Lines at National Geographic: National Geographic's lively Nat Geo Nights series features true stories from the National Geographic Explorers, music, games and food and drinks. This edition includes talks by Juliana Machado Ferreira, who is working to stop trafficking in rare animals; big cat expert Alex Braczkowski; and physicist Topher White, whose company uses cellphones to monitor the illegal destruction of remote rain forests. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $20.
Friday, March 16
Innovative Lives: How Women Shaped the Alcohol Industry at the National Museum of American History: Women have been at the forefront of the alcohol industry for centuries, as both brewers and distillers. Learn about this history at a panel discussion featuring Stoudt's Brewing founder Carol Stoudt, Emily Bruno and Julie Verratti of Denizens Brewing, and Meredith Grelli of Pennsylvania's Wigle Whiskey. The post-talk reception includes beers from the two breweries, a Wigle tasting and cocktail, and themed appetizers. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $40.
In the Beginning: A 'Wild Style' Dance Party at the Kennedy Center: The Kennedy Center’s 35th-anniversary screening of “Wild Style,” the first film to examine hip-hop’s early years in New York, is sold out. But there are other opportunities to enjoy hip-hop at the Kennedy Center this weekend: A “Wild Style” dance party after the movie, in the arts center’s Atrium, features sets by Grand Wizard Theodore, the DJ credited with inventing scratching technique, and Grandmaster Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers. 9 p.m. Free.
'Sights and Sounds of Ireland Today' at Dupont Underground: Irish arts organization Solas Nua — Irish for “New Light” — has organized “Sights and Sounds of Ireland Today,” an exhibition of contemporary video works by 21 Irish artists in the former trolley tunnels under Dupont Circle. Friday’s opening-night reception features a conversation with curator Jackie Hoysted, Andy Johnson of the Corcoran School of Art and Design, and artist Jonah King, whose work is featured in the show. 7 p.m. $10.
— Fritz Hahn, Adele Chapin and Chris Kelly