A quick glance at the week ahead in Alexandria:
Downspouts — Mark Michael Ludlow will discuss the unique, mostly local manufactured downspouts of historic buildings in Alexandria during a free lecture beginning at 7 p.m, Monday, Jan. 20 at the Athenaeum (201 Prince St.). In his book “19th Century Conspicuous Consumption: Artistic Examples of Alexandria's Unique Cast Iron Downspouts,” Ludlow examines the architectural details from the perspective of artistic style and as indicators of wealth and social class.
Are you a foodie? — Alexandria’s Winter Restaurant Week runs through Sunday, Jan. 26 at eateries throughout the city. Fifty restaurants will offer either a $35 prix-fixe three-course dinner or a $35 dinner for two. The promotion showcases everything from fine dining establishments to casual neighborhood favorites. For more information, see: Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week: Menus, Prices, Reservations
CANCELED: Waterfront Community Meeting — The third community meeting concerning the landscaping and flood mitigation elements of Alexandria’s Waterfront Small Area Plan is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the George Washington Middle School Cafeteria (1005 Mount Vernon Ave.). The meeting will provide a forum for the public to share its input and comments on refinements to the plan’s concept design, which includes parks, public space and flood mitigation measures.
Jackson 20 turns 6 — Jackson 20 (480 King St.) will be celebrating its sixth birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 21 with a $20 lobster boil from Chef Brian McPherson. The classic New England boil will include all the fixings, including corn, potatoes and sausage. New head bartender Andy Nelson will bring back the six most popular cocktails from the restaurant’s history, including “the Virginia Gentleman” made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, American honey liqueur, Angostura bitters and ginger beer. All cocktails will be offered for $6. For reservations and more information, call (703) 842-2790.
Jonny Grave and the TombsTones — You’re damn right, these guys have the blues. Grave and his band the TombsTones take the stage upstairs in the Evening Star Café’s No. 9 Lounge (2000 Mount Vernon Ave.) at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.