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If you're a local politics obsessive (or just a concerned citizen), Mayor Muriel Bowser will deliver her annual State of The District address. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/DC Refined)

Out and About: 8 events to help you kick off your week the right way

Monday, March 18:

If you're a local politics obsessive (or just a concerned citizen), Mayor Muriel Bowser will deliver her annual State of The District address at the University of the District of Columbia Theater of the Arts at 5:30 p.m. Attendance is free, but you should register beforehand.

The Mansion on O Street is a profoundly weird D.C. gem. If you're looking for an off-beat date night, they're hosting a night of magic and martinis with Master Magician Rich Bloch. Tickets are $35 and you'll get the chance to explore the many twisting passages of the mansion. Drinks are $10 and the bar is cash only.

Tuesday, March 19:

Forget the museums - locals know that the best D.C. institution is WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi. To mark his 20th year on the air, Kojo is hosting a public forum on gentrification and the arts at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Although the event is free, RSVP to ensure that you can get a seat.

Whether you're a C.J., a Toby, a Donna or a Josh, everyone can agree that The West Wing is great. On Tuesday, you can test your knowledge at Pinstripes in Georgetown's West Wing trivia night. It's free, but who can put a price on bragging rights?

The Lemon Collective is hosting a class on modern calligraphy. For $98, you'll learn the basics of calligraphy and receive a workbook and all the calligraphy gear you could need. These classes tend to sell out quickly and the ticketing window closes on March 18.

Wednesday, March 20:

The Environmental Film Festival is being held in D.C. this week and on Wednesday you can catch a screening of Tigerland at the Carnegie Institution for Science. The tickets are $10 and you can stick around to hear a conversation with the documentary's director, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kauffman.

Profs & Pints is back with another installation of their super popular series of lectures and beer. This week's topic is speakeasies and the impact of prohibition. Tickets are $12, plus you can enjoy the sweet irony of drinking beer and learning about America's driest years.

Few things are more satisfying than cooking an excellent meal and now you can take your skills to the next level with a butchering class at Via Umbria. For $40, you'll learn how to properly butcher a chicken, get a few serving suggestions and enjoy tastings from the class.