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Love community radio? Help yourself to a slice of pie: Today is Pi Day, of course, and Emily Hilliard of Nothing In the House is seizing the opportunity to host a sweet benefit for Mt. Pleasant-based station Radio CPR. Grab a sliver, a cup of coffee, walk the Pi(e) Walk to win a tasty prize, and enjoy live old-time music and sets from Radio CPR DJs. Oh, and bring your own fork and plate, please. 6 p.m. at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. $5 suggested donation.
Sure, pollster Scott Rasmussen might have a reputation for angling to get on cable television. And yeah, maybe his surveys hit only political junkies who don’t really represent American public opinion. But the ESPN co-founder’s new book, The People’s Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt, provides some insight into what’s likely to become a page in the Republican script this election season: Harnessing data from his own polls, Rasmussen draws a hard line between the myopic, self-interested Political Class and the wise, common-sensical People, who just want to see the deficit shrink. Going beyond public opinion research, he proposes a detailed plan for how to reduce the national debt, and personally endorses what he’s found to be voters’ priorities—and hey, it’s hard to go wrong with populism. The author discusses his book at noon at the Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. heritage.org. (202) 675-1752. (Lydia DePillis)
Local comic Vijai Nathan and spoken word artist Regie Cabico in one room? That should be entertaining. Tonight, the performers team up for the American India Foundation, a nonprofit that works toward social and economic progress in India. 7 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. $25. Buy tickets at Eventbrite. (202) 387-7638.
Fans of local beer will be lapping it up tonight at Scion in Dupont Circle, where native brewer DC Brau is taking over the tap lines and the chef has prepared a special three-course menu to pair with all the indigenous suds. On the menu: a smoked salmon mousse with spent grain lavosh, a Mediterranean duck pasta paired with DC Brau Citizen, a blackened rockfish risotto matched up with DC Brau Corruption, and, for dessert, nutella wontons with spent grain biscotti. The sweets, too, come with beer, namely the DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter. The price is $30 per person and the three-course deal is available all night. Scion Restaurant, 2100 P St. NW, (202) 833-8899 (Chris Shott)
If you’d rather dodge the crowds this weekend, just get St. Paddy’s out of the way now: Tonight is “Quit Firkin Around,” an Irish-stout throwdown at Mellow Mushroom. $25 gets you pizza, appetizers, and at least one pint of Starr Hill’s Dark Starr Irish stout or Old Dominion’s Irish offering. That’s strong stuff. The party starts at 7 p.m. at 2436 18th St. (202) 290-2778.
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