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Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. (Image: Evan Zimmerman-MurphyMade)
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Out and About: 10 events where you can thaw out this frigid week

Monday, January 21

Let Freedom Ring: The annual program "Let Freedom Ring!" features Tony/Emmy/Grammy–winning artist Audra McDonald, two- time Tony-winning artist Brian Stokes Mitchell and the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Free to attend.

Arts ‘N Drafts Night: Calico is launching their new series, Arts ‘N Drafts Night,where guests can make clay pinch pots while enjoying $2 off all draft beers and cocktails, as well as menu specials like a lamb-stuffed pita burger. Reserve a spot by emailing Sarah@blagdenhospitality.com.

Curling and Cocktails: This signature Wharf event returns in 2019, with friendly games of curling beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a few cocktails to warm up and mingle with other players! Registration is first come first serve and you must wear soft-soled tennis shoes to play. Curling and Cocktails will be held Mondays through February 25. Free to attend.

Tuesday, January 22

NSO Pops: The National Symphony Orchestra presents John Williams’s iconic Oscar-nominated score from Return of the Jedi performed live along with the full feature film. Tickets start at $34.

Broccoli Talks: The sixth talk in this series highlighting entrepreneurs will feature Morgan H. West, founder and director of the A Creative DC. Come on out to the Broccoli Bar to hear her talk about the status of D.C.'s creaive scene and how it has evolved since she created the city's first street style blog in 2006. Free to attend.

Wednesday, January 23

Grape Expectations: Join Pineapple DC at Flight Wine Bar for Grape Expectations, a conversation with women in wine. Guests will hear from Swati Bose of Flight, Felicia Colbert of A Rake’s Progress, Michelle Lim Warner of DCANTER, Rebekah Pineda of Domestique and Stacey Khoury-Diaz of Dio Wine Bar. Panelists will discuss wine as an agricultural product, dissect conventional versus natural wines, and share more about the business of vino and how they’re shaping the way D.C. gets its next glass. Plus, learn how to better understand your own wine preferences and pick that next perfect bottle. Following the discussion, guests will break into groups for a wine tasting session lead by the panelists. Tickets are $35.

Whisky Tasting: Come "Take Flight" and sample whiskies from around the world at The Next Whisky Bar in The Watergate Hotel. Travel from one igloo to the next sampling beverages and small bites from some of your favorite whisky brands. Each igloo will have a Brand Ambassador to speak to the cocktail or whisky flight being served. Your "Flight Attendant" will assist you in boarding each igloo. Halfway through your experience, enjoy a “layover” in The Next Whisky Bar during which food will be served. Tickets are $75.

Some Disassembly Required: Join Mess Hall for their signature butchering class, followed by dinner from Sloppy Mama's BBQ and local craft beer pairings. Mike Haney, currently a butcher at All Purpose, will demonstrate how to break down a free range, heritage pig, sourced directly from Spring House Farm, in Lovettsville Va. While you can don gloves and participate to an extent, you cannot hold the blades or do any cutting yourself. Tickets start at $55.

Bourbon in the Ballpark: If you're missing Nats Park just a bit, head on down to the field for an exclusive bourbon tasting. The chef-inspired four-course dinner will be paired with bourbons from Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, George T. Stagg or Stagg Jr. and Bourbon Cream. Tickets start at $250.

Thursday, January 24

School of Rock The Musical: Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. Enjoy all the original songs from the movie plus 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets start at $54.

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