FYIDC: Best Bets

Our editor’s picks are a welcome break from tax day stress.

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Tax day is right around the corner. Take a break from all that last-minute number crunching and enjoy a free tipple, a few laughs and a little Southern hospitality.

Improv Smackdown

Washington Improv Theater’s FIST: The Final Weekend
Friday, April 12
8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Saturday, April 13
8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Source Theatre
1835 14th St. NW
Tickets available here

Think “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” except you’re Drew Carey. Washington Improv Theatre’s Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament lets you judge the fate of 67 teams of improvisers as they battle head to head for the title of FIST Champion. Any night is a good night for laughs, but don’t miss the last night when eight teams duke it out for the ultimate prize.

Pay Up, Then Drink Up

Tax Day Drink Discounts

BLT Steak
Monday, April 15
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
1625 Eye St. NW
202-689-8999

Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Monday, April 15
5 p.m.-7 p.m.
2007 18th St. NW
202-588-7388

BLT Steak and Jack Rose Dining Saloon are making tax day a little bit more bearable with some killer drink specials. BLT is offering 50 percent off all alcoholic beverages all day. At such a discount, you can try any number of the restaurant’s fine champagnes or tantalizing cocktails from the new spring menu.

If whiskey is your drink of choice, then head over to Jack Rose where you can sample a tipple from England’s newest distillery, the English Whisky Company. Jack Rose is offering tastings of four single-malt and cask-strength whiskies from the distillery that are made by hand in Norfolk, England. Did we mention it’s gratis?

Shakespeare in Style

“The Taming of the Shrew”
Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14
Times vary
Synetic Theater
1800 S. Bell St.
Arlington, VA 22202
703-824-8061
Tickets here

Synetic’s all-teen cast puts a youthful spin on the classic Shakespearean tale centered on a sharp-tongued girl and her persistent suitor who is determined to tame her rebellious ways. The production’s choreography, work of the award-winning , is sure to be a highlight.

Southern Comfort

Saturday Suppers – Wild Harvest
Saturday, April 13
7 p.m.
Art and Soul Restaurant
415 New Jersey Ave. NW
202-393-7777

Take a break from weekend cooking and take advantage of Chef ’s four-course, family-style Southern menu paired with live music. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres on the patio followed by a dinner of cured and steamed Columbia River salmon, a creamed nettle and collards green agnolotti, and slow-roasted veal and crawfish dish. For dessert — huckleberry and cornbread skillet cake topped with lemon balm ice cream. Now that your mouth is officially watering, visit the restaurant’s website and make a reservation.

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