Thursday, January 23
Winter Brews: A Seasonal Beer and Chocolate Tasting With the Beer Activist

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW

Craft beer and social justice? Say no more. Chris O’Brien, the author of Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World has made a name for himself by fusing the beverage trend du jour with a do-gooder bent. He hosts this tasting event, which pairs chocolates from local, fair-trade supplier Divine Chocolates with quaffs from area brewers. An extra $5 gets you a very sustainable commemorative pint glass. Philanthropy has never tasted so good.

Deal nearby: Mehak Indian Cuisine

Friday, January 24, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Popcorn and Pasties

U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theatre, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

DC Shorts, the area’s cheering squad for short filmmaking, presents Popcorn and Pasties tonight. The jokes write themselves in this convergence of sex and cinema—“short films and even shorter skirts”—but DC Shorts’ well-assembled program should class things up a bit. Come for the titillating theater and stay for the burlesque and sideshow tricks. You’ll be glad you hit up this quickie.

Deal nearby: Irish Channel Restaurant and Pub

Saturday, January 25, 10 p.m.

Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW

Though DC can quasi-claim Lemuria as its own (singer Sheena Ozzella hails from here), the group doesn’t stop by too often—so catch it tonight at Comet Ping Pong. Its 2013 release, The Distance Is So Big, proudly showed off Lemuria’s talent for memorable hooks and singalong choruses melded with plaintively serious subject matter. Openers Aloners and Passing Phases are both comprised of seasoned area musicians – so anticipate studied, intelligent garage pop and melodic punk.

Deal nearby: Slate Wine Bar and Bistro

Sunday, January 26, 8 p.m.
Youth Code

Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW

Youth Code calls its influences “muscle and hate.” Realistically, the Los Angeles duo makes crashing, aggressive, angry electro-pop that takes cues from raucous hardcore—but still works in funky, danceable beats beneath its tough veneer. Coming and Technophobia, Youth Code’s supporting acts, are equally noisy.

Deal nearby: Fast Gourmet