Fill ’er up.
What: Toast the opening of a popular NYC tapas joint’s D.C. location with Pardon pepper-infused margaritas.
Why: Crudos, paella, and small Spanish bites such as cojonudo (fried quail eggs atop chorizo on toast, pictured) test the limits of one’s Spanx.
When: Mon.-Wed., noon-11 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., noon-midnight; Sun., noon-11 p.m.
Where: 1837 M St. NW (202-558-9545).
DreamHome: Design Craft
What: Tour a fantasy home inspired by the Renwick Gallery’s 40 Under 40: Craft Futures exhibit.
Why: We’re mad for Akseizer Design Group’s Don Draper-ready lounge and its Lego-like fire pit.
When: Thru Nov. 30. Opening reception, tonight, 5-8 p.m.
Where: The Washington Design Center, 300 D St. SW, 5th flr. (202-646-6100). Reception tickets ($35) online at martreg.com. General admission is free.
What: Basil Twist, the impish puppeteer staging four area shows this spring, kicks off Basil Twist Festival with a folktale about a clown passed over by a ballerina.
Why: Is Twist a Muppet of a man or a very manly Muppet?
When: Thru Mar. 25.
Where: Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW (202-547-1122). Tickets ($22.50-$50) online at tickets.shakespearetheatre.org.
Fun That Counts: Beyond the Numbers
What: Go forth and multiply (or at least mingle) at an adults-only after-hours mixer filled with hands-on activities that demonstrate mathematical principles (sound waves, 360-degree cameras).
Why: It’s like Dave & Buster’s for Mensa members.
When: Tonight, 6:30-9 p.m. Exhibition, daily, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Smithsonian Institution, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW (202-633-3030). Event admission is $40. Admission to the exhibition is free.
The Art of Video Games
What: A breakthrough retrospective of the art, technology, and storytelling used in games over the past 40 years.
Why: Concerts by the likes of 8 Bit Weapon, a duo who cast ’80s game consoles as instruments in their orchestra.
When: Daily, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th St. NW, at F St. NW (202-633-7970). Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Boqueria