• District Trivia

    Every Monday and Wednesday from 7:30pm

    Monday trivia at Bier Baron has been a great success so we’ve taken over Wednesday night! Now there’s two nights a week where you can select from over 600 beers and 45 draft lines while working your way towards nightly gift cards and $5,000 in cash!

    This week, Comic books and cocktails Sponsored by Fantom comics

  • Grassroots Open Mic

    Every Sunday from 7:30pm

    Grassroots Comedy DC (GCDC) is all about people power, and that means giving local comics a chance to practice and hone their skills and material, whether it be for an upcoming GCDC showcase or just to help the whole comedy community improve. That’s why we also run open mic nights! These shows also serve to raise funds and awareness for the GCDC issue of the month.

  • Capital Laughs

    Every Tuesday from 7:30pm






  • Profs&Pints: Why Populists Rise

    May 2018
    - 6:00pm -

    “Why Populists Rise,” with Erik Jones, professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

    A rally of Italy’s populist Lega Nord party.

    The populist currents that brought us President Donald Trump and Brexit have been having an impact throughout Europe, with far-right populist parties assuming power in Italy, Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, remaining a major factor in French and German politics, and fueling separatist movements in Belgium and Spain. What’s driving this uprising against political institutions?

    Join Professor Erik Jones, the director of European and Eurasian Studies at SAIS and a prolific writer on European politics, as he examines what’s happening to advanced industrial democracies in the West and argues that having “democracy without solidarity” is what is getting their institutions in trouble.

    Professor Jones believes that we spend too much time arguing about who is a populist, or what populism means, and not enough time asking ourselves why people no longer feel invested in political institutions. He holds that you can have the best political institutions in the world, but if the people who staff those institutions do not want them to work, then they won’t. Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote back in 1772 that constitutions have to be supported “in the hearts of the citizens” to function, and he warned that people who don’t see themselves as in the same position relative to the law will follow laws selectively and corrupt institutions to suit their own purposes. It’s an insight many seem to have forgotten.

    The first step in addressing this problem is recognizing that we are not alone, and all advanced industrial democracies are suffering in many of the same ways at much the same time. Diagnosing what ails them is only the start. We’ll need to move beyond idealism and easy answers and develop a concrete plan for rebuilding a just and inclusive society. Being on hand for this talk might get you started on that path. (Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door.)

  • Profs&Pints: New American Desert Art

    May 2018
    - 6:00pm -

    “New American Desert Art,” with Joshua Shannon, associate professor of contemporary art history and theory at the University of Maryland, director of the Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity, and author of The Recording Machine: Art and Fact during the Cold War.

    “R-Evolution,” by Marco Cochrane, at Burning Man in 2015

    Amazing works of art that previously bloomed in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert have now popped up on Washington DC’s streets and inside the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, thanks to the gallery’s exhibit “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.” Profs and Pints is pleased to host a talk for those curious about the pieces and the aesthetic from which they sprang.

    Joshua Shannon, a specialist in the history and theory of art since 1945, will explore the preoccupation with America’s deserts that arose in artists about 1968. He’ll discuss the desert’s meanings as a place of both apocalypse and utopia, as well as its relationships with atomic-bomb research, the space program, and the popularity of Westerns.

    Above all, Professor Shannon’s talk will examine the artists’ collective fantasy that the desert could provide a landscape reassuringly devoid of everything but pure facts.

    He will discuss not just works made for Burning Man, but the creations of Michael Heizer, Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson, and Vija Celmins. He’ll draw loosely from the second chapter of his new book, The Recording Machine: Art and Fact during the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2017), and he’ll have signed copies available for sale. (Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door.)