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The 25 Best Things to Do in DC This Weekend and Next Week

March Madness starts at 12:15 p.m., and once your bracket is over, it’s time to start planning where you’ll “work from home” while following your picks. Here are some ideas for places to look:

Blue coat only has four TVs behind the bar, but the Navy Yard Brewery offers the most unusual stage we have seen: Every time a bottom seed beats a top seed, everyone sitting in the bar gets a free half-pint of beer. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first round or the final. Deals including $15 beer and burger or fried chicken sandwich combos are also available. Highline RXR in Crystal City runs its own Elite 8 beer holder featuring beers from eight regional breweries, including DC Brau, Bear Chase and Dogfish Head. Beers cost $6.50 and each order counts for one “point,” so overall sales will determine the winner of each “round.” Do you have a feeling whether people will prefer Brau’s Joint Resolution to Solace’s Suns Out, Hops Out? Make your own choices to win a $200 gift card and other prizes.

Walters has been a staple across the street from Nationals Park for years and has all the screens you need for the first weekend, including a video wall. Buckets of beer and buckets of wings are $25 during games. As a bonus, you can make table reservationsfrom 11 a.m. Sport and society on U Street touts its 25-foot “media wall” capable of showing multiple games, and the curved booths in front of it are ideal for groups. It also has televisions behind the bar and located throughout the room. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. on the first two days of the tournament, with $3 bottles of local beer until 7 p.m. and $20 buckets of five beers during games.

Mission Navy Yard location opens at 11:30 a.m. with specials including $5.50 Bud Light pints, $9 crushed oranges, themed shot deals and $10 food selections at its four bars. Franklin Room opens a half hour before the first games, with specials including $4 pints and $14 pitchers of Miller Lite and $30 buckets of cans of Kona, Topo Chico and Golden Road. At Whitlow’s opens at noon Thursday and Friday, with $25 buckets of Coors Light, Miller Lite and Nutrl seltzer until 10 p.m.

In case you’re wondering where the top seeds gather: U-Conn alumni gather at Colony Grill in Arlington, Mission Dupont is a bar in Houston, the essential is the destination for Purdue alumni, and North Carolina fans head to Exiles And Tom’s Watch Bar.

Environmental Film Festival

More than 60 films will be screened across the city at this year’s Environmental Film Festival, where you can learn about everything from mushrooms to Mongolia’s wilderness. Smithsonian museums, embassies, universities, libraries, the AFI Silver Theater, the Naval Heritage Center, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts will all host screenings, many of which are free. The films are dedicated to topics such as conservation, climate change and environmental justice. This year’s winners include an exploration of the world of moths titled “The Night Visitors” and “We Are Guardians,” a documentary about indigenous people who risk their lives to protect the Brazilian Amazon from deforestation. Until March 30. Various times and locations. Free up to $25.

José Andrés and his friends at the Lincoln Theater

Celebrity chef José Andrés celebrates the launch of his new cookbook, “Zaytinya: Delicious Mediterranean Dishes From Greece, Turkey and Lebanon,” with a hodgepodge show featuring interviews, cooking and live music. He is joined by “The View” co-host Ana Navarro and Greek food writer Aglaia Kremezi for a live recording of his podcast, where he will discuss food stories and favorite Mediterranean dishes. Copies of the book will be available for purchase but will not be included in the ticket price. 8 p.m. $45.

“Women in Craft Beverages” Panel at Other Half Brewing

Nine women who work in the craft beer and spirits industry – as brewery and distillery founders, bottle shop owners, bartenders and brewery quality directors, as well as consultants and historians – are teaming up for a panel discussion at Other Half Brewing in Ivy City. If you’re curious about working in this field or just want to know more about what’s in your drink at your favorite bar, this should be an interesting insight into life behind the scenes. Tickets include two slices of Andy’s Pizza, two draft beers from Other Half and a St. Michaels Lyon Rum cocktail. (Lyon president and founder Jaime Windon is one of the panelists.) 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $38.

Silver Branch Fifth Birthday Party

Silver Spring’s oldest brewery is celebrating five years in business with three days of promotions. The celebrations begin Thursday with Tap Talk, featuring co-founder Christian Layke and label artist Chris Bonnell sharing stories about the evolution and beers of Silver Branch. $50 tickets include a pour of the new barrel-aged Belgian Single Ale, a flight of Belgian beers and a taco bar. On Friday and Saturday, special offers on food and drinks are offered all day, including on Belgian flights. Until Saturday. No childcare fees on Friday and Saturday.

“A2B: Slum Village” at the Eaton

Slum Village’s 2000 album “Fantastic, Vol. 2” made waves in the world of underground hip-hop, although bootlegs with early versions of the tracks had been circulating for years. J Dilla’s production, previously featured on songs by Common and Q-Tip, attracted attention well beyond the trio’s Detroit home; a Post review at the time praised its “unique brand of light funk: airy chords, fizzing basslines and kicks muddy defined primarily by a vague thumping sensation in the stomach.” Kaya Freeman, a Detroit native and journalist, and Matt Talley of Cool vinyl for kids listen to your favorite tracks and discuss “Fantastic, Vol. 2” and the impact of the group during a conference evening at the Eaton Hotel as part of its A2B listening evening series. 8:00 p.m. Free.



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