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When writers use the lede, “In a scene straight out of House of Cards…” to describe political intrigue in our fair city, the snake is eating its own tail: The show is based on the wheeling and dealing that now bears its name. Who is the snake charmer behind the series, holding a funhouse mirror to Washington’s politicos? That would be Beau Willimon. He’ll chat with New York Times media columnist (and former Washington City Paper editor) David Carr at the National Museum of Natural History and, like Frank Underwood, discuss his jaded take on politics and power, how the show’s distribution on Netflix has affected the way we watch television, and, perhaps, some important Metro safety tips. (Rachel Kurzius) Read more >>> Beau Willimon speaks at 6:45 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $25–$30. (202) 633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org.


The DNV Rooftop bar at the Donovan House in Thomas Circle recently debuted a coconut juice bar, which opens at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. The bar serves $13 coconut smoothies with rum infused with Asian spices. (You can get fresh fruit add-ons like mango or pineapple for a little extra.) Word has it that head bartender Jon Harris has even bought a machete for some coconut whacking action. While you sit poolside, watch the World Cup live on a large outdoor screen. DNV Rooftop, 1155 14th St. NW. (202) 379-4367. zentanrestaurant.com/rooftop_overview.php. (Jessica Sidman)


New York’s the Felice Brothers bring their rollicking folk rock to Rock & Roll Hotel with opening act Robert Ellis. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.

Chicago electronic trio Gemini Club plays the Black Cat Backstage with the Griswolds and Speak. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.

Massachusetts artists Heather Maloney and Darlingside celebrate the release of their collaborative album, Woodstock, with a performance at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $15.

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