6 events to know for the week of April 25
Monday April 25
Secret Monkey Social Club:Secrets? Monkeys? Cocktails? We're in! Ok, so it's not really a secret and there won't be monkeys but there will be cocktails and isn't that what matters?This monthly collaboration between actress/singer/dancer Shayna Blass and Dram & Grain/Jack Rose's cocktail guru Lukas B. Smith pays homage to "the classic cabaret lounges of the '30s and '40s." For the first Secret Monkey Social Club of 2016 (the year of the monkey, P.S.) Shayna and Lukas are joining Peter Chang + Brandon Hill of No Kings Collective inside their exhibit, The Beasts of England.Food will be provided by Dirty South Deli food truck and music will include Shayna and her band, local new wave soul band, MUNDY, as well as local five-piece, psychedelic,funk/hop band Picnibus. Lukas is joined by 8 guest bartenders to make $9 punches. Lab 1270,1270 5th St NE., 7 p.m., free.
Tuesday April 26
SoulCycle turns 10: To celebrate a successful first decade, the indoor cycling studio with a cult-like following will celebrate all week long with throwback themed rides set to our favorite music from good old 2006 (ah, to be 18 again!) such as Justin Timberlake's "Sexy Back" and Kanye West's "Gold Digger." The last class in every studio (over 57 locations nationwide) on April 26 will be free with more than 5,500 bikes being given away and a champagne toast to conclude the class. Sign-ups begin Tuesday morning online. A limited edition capsule collection featuring the brand's most popular items from the last 10 years will also launch Tuesday and is available in studios and online for two weeks. Lastly, any rider who has taken 10 classes at more with SoulCycle will receive a "Soul Journey," an interactive graphic describing their rider history (total rides, top instructors, a custom Spotify playlist based on the top songs of your instructors). All 5 D.c.-area studios (West End, Georgetown, Bethesda, 14th Street & Mt. Vernon) will be participating, sign up online
DC-CAPITAL STARS 2016: This performance features the top ten finalists from the DC-CAPITAL STARS talent show, in which 40 students from D.C.'s public and charter high schools competed. Winners will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges and the audience.The annual event attracts over 1,000 guests, award-winning celebrity judges and prominent civic leaders to support education through the arts. The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St., NW, 7 p.m., $35-$45
Wednesday April 27
"Disgraced": Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, who was just announced as Arena Stage's next resident playwright, is currently showing his emotionally-charged drama "Disgraced" at Arena Stage. The play, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, addresses the "clash between modern culture and ancient faiths." Previews began April 22 and it opens officially to the media on Thursday April 28; "Disgraced" concludes Arena's 2015/2016 season. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St., SW, 7:30 p.m., $40 to $110
Thursday April 28
Swipe the Vote: Finally, a political party everyone can agree on! To kick off White House Correspondents' Dinner weekend, Tinder and the Independent Journal Review (INJO) are hosting "Swipe the Vote" at the W Hotel's POV lounge. As part of their partnership with "Rock the Vote" Tinder launched the Swipe the Vote campaign last month to allow users to apply the same process they would for meeting potential dates to discuss 10 issues important to this year's election. At the reception, tinder users will have the opportunity to swipe right on a branded profile for a chance to attend the WHCA Dinner on Saturday evening. POV Lounge, 515 15th St., NW, 8 p.m.
Draft Day watch party: Celebrate NFL Draft Day 2016 with actual NFL players at SpinFire Pizza in Rosslyn. Co-owner Pierre Garcon, Redskins wide receiver, will be on site with several teammates to welcome in the new class of players at this watch party and guests can enjoy a $20.16 special including one large pizza and eight wings. Seven new menu items such as buffalo and barbecue chicken wings, garlic breadsticks and two salads (greek and spinach) will be available for tasting. Spin Fire, 1501 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 6 p.m., free and open to the public