Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.
DC International Film Festival Opening Night
AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Avenue NW
The DC Independent Film Festival opens tonight with The Grand Seduction, a Canadian comedy. about a big-city doctor obligated to pull a small coastal fishing town out of despair; $40 gets you a ticket and access to a reception afterward. DCIFF runs through Sunday, April 27 and showcases dozens of films from across the globe.
Deal nearby: Slate Wine Bar + Bistro
Friday, April 18
Chinese Menu & Underground Comedy
DCAC, 2438 18th Street NW and Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Avenue NW
Chinese Menu is Peter Bergen’s comedy machine: he organizes instructional classes as well as shows for his troupe – which often feature traveling improv and standup performers. Tonight, see Chinese Comedy at the DC Arts Center. Don’t have $10 to spare? Descend into Big Hunt’s basement for Underground Comedy’s free standup show, a staple of the dive’s calendar on Wednesdays and Fridays. There’s no cover, but there are $1 tacos.
Deal nearby: Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant
Saturday, April 19, 9 p.m.
Awesome-con and Andrew W.K
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW
DC has its own Comic-Con, Awesome-Con, the main attraction of which seem to be appearances by a slew of members of the Walking Dead’s cast. But Awesome-Con leaves the convention center to throw a dead-serious party at Black Cat, headlined by none other than that most vaunted master of ceremonies, Andrew W.K. (Get wet.)
Deal nearby: Fast Gourmet
Sunday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt
Pinstripes, 1064 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Pinstripes offers bowling, bocce, and bistro fare, so it’s no surprise that it’s putting on a grande-sized Easter egg hunt. Today, its regular brunch (think standards like made-to-order waffles and $5 bloody Marys) comes with 2,000 eggs—hidden around the historic, charming, and occasionally muddy C&O Canal. Though it’s kid-friendly (5 and under free, $15 for ages 6-12), we suspect it’s mature enough for adults ($30) looking to get their hunt on, too.
Deal nearby: The Spice & Tea Exchange