" But if you'll eat it, you never have to prove your courage in any other way."
— Gen. Corman, "Apocalypse Now"
Sen. Schumer makes a cameo in some of the publicity material for "Trainwreck." (Screenshot)
This could be a first for Washington: When someone refers to "Schumer," it may now require clarification. The senator or the comedian?
With the Friday opening of the Amy Schumer comedy "Trainwreck," the aspiring Senate Democratic leader, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, might find himself eclipsed by his cousin, who stars, wrote and produced the Judd Apatow flick. Why? Well, to start with, it's hilarious. The movie, that is. The story of a hard-partying journalist (somewhat of a redundancy, yes) who falls for a nice-guy sports doctor played by Bill Hader is a raunchy romp that follows well in the footsteps of other New York comedies of manners, substance abuse and sex such as "Manhattan," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sex and the City."
Atlas Arcade, the H Street establishment that serves up healthy dollops of vintage arcade games, libations and nostalgia, is hosting a "Throwback Thursday Pixels Party," a nod to the upcoming flick "Pixels" and featuring a Ms. Pacman and Donkey Kong tournament.
The proprietors of Capitol Lounge Wednesday will finally say goodbye to former employee Mike Schwarz via a happy hour benefitting his surviving family.
Schwarz, whom acquaintances say was a regular part of the Capitol Hill bartending scene for the better part of a decade, was found dead on May 27. Friends and family have been eulogizing the hospitality vet online ever since.
(Courtesy Negroni Week)
The confluence of classic Italian cocktails and budding craft brews has created the perfect storm for those interested in ushering in the arrival of June with a beverage in hand.
It once again being Negroni Week , local restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi and Capitol Hill haunt Wisdom are each paying homage to the bitters-fueled tipple. Team Trabocchi has crafted three different expressions of the renowned libation:
Take in a Black Eyed Susan on Preakness Day! (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Start off the week with a rock-star historian and end it with the spectacle of dragons gliding down the Potomac River. In between, mix with a little splash of ginger and take in the second leg of the Triple Crown. The Wright Stuff David McCullough reads from his new book, "The Wright Brothers" at Sixth & I Monday at 7 p.m. The celebrated biographer of such political heavyweights as Harry S. Truman and John Adams chronicles the story of Orville and Wilbur, who pioneered aviation as we know it. Wonder how they'd feel about cellphones in airline cabins now. Ticketed event. Thirty bucks gets you a book and a seat. Go to the Politics and Prose website for purchase.
Summertime New Belgium Brewing and Girls Pint Out team up to drink up at Roofers Union Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The occasion is the release of New Belgium's Pear Ginger Beer, and to encourage beer cocktails, hanging out and noshing. It'll take place in a dozen U.S. cities, from Portland, Ore., to Tucson, Ariz., to our fair city.
If you can't arrange a quick trip to Europe this weekend, how about the next best thing: Passport DC's Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies' Open House .
On Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., 28 embassies will open their doors with tons of events planned, particularly centered on food, music and cultural immersion. There is a scavenger hunt , Latvian folk dancing, Maltese sweets, Spanish wine, a drawing for a six-day trip to Estonia, German and French language lessons, and a trip to Hungary. If nothing else, consider the Belgian embassy, with its world-famous beers, chocolate, and waffles.