Margin-doodlers, take your talents outside your midday meetings and head to Rosslyn. Until Nov. 3, D.C. Conspiracy—a collective of local comic creators, writers, artists, editors, and fans—is posting up at Artisphere with a self-installation that includes blank pages for would-be comic artists to draw on. For those who prefer consuming to creating, D.C. Conspiracy members that will be featured in the spring 2014 issue of Magic Bullet—the collective’s free, semi-annual publication—have scheduled onsite working hours for visitors to observe. Read more >>> The exhibit is on view Wednesdays to Fridays 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays noon to 11 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. to Nov. 3 at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 875-1100. Baca)


D.C. Restaurant Week may be over, but Alexandria Restaurant Week is on. Participating restaurants, which include Columbia Firehouse, Jackson 20, Majestic, Society Fair, are offering $35 dinners for two or $35 three-course prix-fixe menus. The deals go until Sept. 1. (Jessica Sidman)


Sneak a peek at Synetic Theater‘s latest work without spending much: The movement-based company presents a staged reading of The Picture of Dorian Gray four weeks before the full production opens. 7:30 p.m. at 1800 South Bell St., Arlington. $5.

Enjoy art, drinks, and a killer view of the Washington Monument at CulturalDC’s summer happy hour, taking place tonight at the Brixton. Dana Jeri Maier, whose work is currently on view at Flashpoint Gallery, discusses her art with essayist and cartoonist Tim Kreider. 6 p.m. at 901 U St. NW. $35 suggested donation.

Spirits in Black, everyone’s favorite heavy-metal music and cocktail gathering, has found a new home at Black Cat. Head to Red Room and attempt to headbang and drink at the same time. 10 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. Free.

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