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Curling and Cocktails will be held Mondays at the Wharf through February 25. (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/ DC Refined)

Out and About: 9 events to get 2019 off to a memorable start

Monday, January 7

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 8

Miss Saigon: The creators of "Les Misérables" are reviving another legendary show with the presentation of "Miss Saigon" running at the Kennedy Center through January 13. Come see how the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who meets an American G.I. in a bar will unfold, and sing along to classic songs such as “Last Night of the World,” “The Movie in My Mind" and “The Heat Is on in Saigon." Tickets start at $49.

Judy Garland: A Star is Born: In case you thought 2018's hit film starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper was an original, check out Signature Theatre's cabaret tribute to Judy Garland, who was the first actress to remake "A Star is Born" alongside James Mason in 1954. Expect performances of some of Garland's most famous songs including “Over the Rainbow,” “Get Happy” and “The Man That Got Away." Running through Jan. 26 and tickets start at $38.

National Symphony Orchestra In Your Neighborhood: The NSO is returning to where it all began, Columbia Heights, for a week of free performances. The first evening show kicks off with NSO musicians Wanzhen Li (violin), Vijeta Sathyaraj (violin), Tsuna Sakamoto (viola) and Steven Honigberg (cello) performing Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13 and Grieg String's Quartet No. 1, Op. 27. You can see the full schedule of events here. Free to attend.

Harry Potter Movie Trivia: Do you have what it takes to be "prefect" at Harry Potter trivia?? Head to Pinstripes for five rounds of Ordinary Wizarding Levels to find out. And remember... "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure." Free to attend but must register in advance.

Wednesday, January 9

An Evening of Life Hack Workshops: Compass Real Estate is bringing back their popular "Adulting" series in 2019, with topics ranging from how to prepare to buy a home to modern romance and dating, meal planning and long term career plans. Each workshop will be broken down into three 45-minute sessions and you can choose to attend one of three courses in each block. Tickets are $25 and include a kosher vegetarian dinner.

Thursday, January 10

Author Talk with Jen Sincero: If you haven't quite set those New Year's resolutions yet, this may be just the discussion you need to boost your confidence to start 2019 off on the right foot! Jen Sincero, New York Times bestselling author of "You Are a Badass" and "You Are a Badass at Making Money" will be at Sixth and I to discuss her new release, "You Are a Badass Every Day," which as been described as "the accountability buddy you can keep in your back pocket to power through obstacles, overcome the doubts that hold you back from greatness, and keep the fires of determination roaring while you reach your goals." Tickets are $18 for talk or $35 for talk and book; book signing to follow.

Author Talk with Senator Kamala Harris: The Senator will join The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart at GW's Lisner Auditorium for a lively discussion on her new book, "The Truths We Hold.," which is being hailed as "offer a master class in problem solving, crisis management, and leadership in challenging times." Tickets are $40 and include the book.

Broccoli Talks with Michell Clark: The fifth talk in this series highlighting entrepreneurs will feature 28-year-old Michell Clark, author of "Keep It 100: daily affirmations for millennials who are tired of being called millennials." The Virginia native turned D.C. writer/entrepreneur will discuss his gateway to the creative community with moderator Brittany Johnson. Free to attend.