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Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/ DC Refined)
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Weekend Report: From monster trucks to literary cocktails, 13 ways to fill your days

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.

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.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival: If you want to escape the monsoon that is happening outside, seek shelter at Landmark's E Street Cinema for the 16th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Expect award-winning films on everything from nature to conservation, climate change, environmental justice and indigenous cultures. Tickets are $25.

Friday, January 25

Literary Cocktails with Petworth Citizen: For the next edition of Literary Cocktails at Petworth Reading Room, bartending genius Chantal Tseng has created drinks inspired by Nicole Chung's powerful memoir, All You;ll Ever Know. She'll perform special readings Friday and Saturday. Free to attend.

Night of 1,000 Fridas: Takoma Park resident and artist Theodore Carter has a goal of seeing 1,000 depictions of Frida Kahlo in public spaces, so everyone can to celebrate the legendary Frida Kahlo. 15 local businesses will be participating (find them here), but he hopes artists all over the world will join him to reach his goal. Free to attend.

Saturday, January 26

Monster Jam at Capital One Arena: The show will bring Motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family. Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. Following the races, fans will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones. Tickets start at $15.

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company: This is your chance to see the best of New York and LA theater, right here in D.C. UCB is the company that developed talent such as Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms and Rob Riggle. Also, the first 50 federal employees in line can present their government work ID at will-call to receive a complimentary ticket to the event. Tickets start at $20.

Diving Deeper in French Reds: Flight will host their first "wine school" event of 2019 with a deep dive into French reds. Join Flight as they taste through French reds, exploring various regions and learning how to determine which you prefer. Tickets ($65) include tastings of five wines, complimentary bites, and a discussion with owners, Certified Sommeliers, and husband-wife duo Kabir Amir and Swati Bose.

Sushi Class: Come learn the art of making sushi at O-Ku. Guests will learn how to prepare several signature rolls, while enjoying a welcome cocktail, passed bites and sake pairings. Tickets are $65.

Nobu Weekend Happy Hour: Happiness now awaits you seven days a week with Nobu's Tanoshi Hour from 5-7 p.m. in the bar and lounge. Enjoy Nobu Style dishes like crispy rice with spicy tuna, Wagyu gyoza or Umami Chicken Wings (all dishes $8-$10) and cocktails such as the Toki Sidecar for $10. Free to attend.

A Cappella Tournament: Enjoy a real-life "Pitch Perfect" scenario as 10 local colleges compete in the ICCA Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal. A Cappella groups from Georgetown, George Mason, JMU, Catholic University , George Washington, Mary Washington and Frostburg State will compete to see which two teams will advance to the ICCA Mid-Atlantic Semifinal. Tickets are $25.

Sunday, January 27

Sips & Suppers: Now in its 11th year, Sips & Suppers began in 2009 as the brainchild of Alice Waters to raise the awareness of homelessness and hunger in the nation’s capital and to promote efforts to develop sustainable and local solutions to these challenges. But this year the format will make a shift. Guests can still choose to attend a private residence experience featuring celebrity chefs creating dinner in the homes of notable individuals such as Tom Sietsema, or attend the "D.C. Night-Out Experience" where individuals/local businesses will host guests for a pop-up dinner at various restaurants around town. Night out dinners will be held at Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse, The Salt Line, The Line Hotel (sold out), Radiator, Poca Madre, Kith & Kin, Dirty Habit, Chloe, Art & Soul (sold out) and American Son (sold out). All dinners benefit DC Central Kitchen and Martha's Table. Tickets range from $350-$650.

ModCloth Sample Sale: It's your last day to browse through ModCloth's sample sale featuring items at discounts up to 75 percent off. Stop by D.C.'s only brick-and-mortar ModCloth store (Fitshop) opened on U Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to score some deals. Free to attend.

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