Thursday, March 13

E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW

Scrappy attitudes and ping-pong tables do not a startup make. The global premiere of Startupland is an episodic journey through the beginnings of five early-stage tech companies (LegCyte, RidePost, Snobswap, Trendpo, and TripTribe). Co-founder of AOL Steve Case will speak about what it takes to make innovation into business, and viewers will—of course—have time to network with each other. Budding thought leaders: come armed with a mashed-up name of your own.

Deal nearby: Rasoi Indian Kitchen

Friday, March 14
Localist Only Party

Trohv, 232 Carroll Street, Silver Spring

Do you live here? Shop here? Work here? Prove it! Think Local First’s kickoff of its Localist card will take over Takoma Park’s trendy homegoods shop, Trohv, tonight. Pay $15 for the Localist card and be fed and watered by Teeny Pies, Everlasting Life Vegan Restaurant, Capital City Cheesecake, Green Hat Gin and 3 Stars Brewing Company. If you’re feeling like showing your local love with cold, hard cash, get in on the CashMob before the party, a scavenger hunt touring 11 Takoma businesses.

Deal nearby: Peaches Kitchen & Restaurant

Saturday, March 15

Brasserie Beck, 1101 K Street NW

Feel like visiting Belgium, but can’t swing a plane ticket? Get thee to Brasserie Beck’s Oysterfest for a killer deal on beer and bivalves. Twenty-five bucks gets you buckets—er, unlimited—oysters, and Stone Brewing Co.’s porter and Cali Belguiqe are on special at $4 a pop.

Deal nearby: Irish Channel Restaurant & Pub

Sunday, March 16
Loose Lips Mayoral Debate

Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW

For the past few years, local alt-weekly Washington City Paper has hosted the glut of candidates competing for local seats in a decidedly unbuttoned venue, Black Cat. Tonight, watch the seven contenders for the mayor’s office face each other on Black Cat’s hallowed stage. This is the debate to attend if local elections aren’t your bag: In the unlikely event that watching adults mouthing off to each other about their aspirations for an entire city gets boring, there’s a fully stocked bar.

Deal nearby: Fast Gourmet