Ah, recess. The pollen and tourist counts are up and everyone not on the campaign trail has a chance to let loose a little.
DC Brau's Leather Anniversary Has it really been three years since the Beeraissance started in Washington ? To mark its third year since returning beer manufacturing to the nation's capital, DC Brau is celebrating its leather anniversary at Meridian Pint on Tuesday night with $3 pints of its Public, Citizen and Corruption brews.
If the big three in DC Brau's quiver aren't enough, not to worry. Meridian Pint will also have DC Brau's 9th Gate Bete Noire, Brainless Corruption, Exaltation, Heurich's Lager, Natas, Natas Nitro, Pauncy English Stout, Penn Quarter Porter, The Tradition, Everyday Junglist, Catoctin Creek Barrel-Aged Citizen, Red Wine Barrel-Aged Yonder Cities and Maple Syrup Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Heurich's Lager, as well as two casks that are a surprise.
The foam starts flying at 5 p.m. at 3400 11 St. NW in Columbia Heights.
Outdoor Movie Season Returns Local foodie haven Union Market re-ups its Drive-In Movie schedule this week with a reminder that Chevy Chase was once funny, a screening on Friday of "National Lampoon's Vacation."
The 1983 movie, which gets started at 8 p.m. on the wall of Union Market's 1309 Fifth St. NE property, is also a reminder of the magnitude of losing Harold Ramis. The entrance for cars is $10, with gates opening at 6 p.m. and previews starting at 7:45 p.m. If you'd like to buy a ticket beforehand, go to reelplan.ticketleap.com . If you're sitting in the picnic area, that's free. Vendors will be available for quaffing and noshing.
Future movies for the Spring series include "Frozen" on April 25, Baltimore tour-de-force "Diner" on May 2 and a James-Bond-movie-to-be-crowned-by-the-all-knowing-social-media-set on May 9. The choices are three of the best: "Goldfinger," "From Russia With Love" and "The Spy Who Loved Me."
Record Store Day For vinyl junkies, Saturday is like Christmas in April. Record Store Day is not just a chance to get day-of releases, it's an opportunity to remember what's so great about browsing a bricks-and-mortar outfit, yakking with other music lovers and supporting your local record store. And, as a result of the last two decades' music industry implosion, you can rest assured that whatever record stores are left, they're definitely independent businesses. No corporate entities are left to tread these waters. Only the die-hards!
So make a day of it. Of the six record stores in D.C. participating, five are within a short walk of one another: Som Records (1843 14th St. NW), Joint Custody (1530 U St. NW), Red Onion Records & Books (1901 18th St. NW), Crooked Beat Records (2116 18th St. NW) and Smash! Records (2314 18th St. NW). The other, newbie Hill and Dale, is over in Georgetown at 1054 31st St. NW. For a rundown of releases, go to recordstoreday.com .
Correction : An earlier version of this story misstated the day "Frozen" was playing.