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TTT: April 17, 2014

Nothing is certain but death and taxes and Reed arguments that will never end. Find an event near you to celebrate another year of writing off student loan interest in April.

P.S. Don't forget to register for Reunions '14: Reedfayre, June 4–8. See the schedule of events, the growing "Who's Coming" list and sign up today:

TTT started as an alumni-driven concept known as "Thirsty Third Thursday" and has developed into a monthly conglomeration of activities that land on the third Thursday, or not. See the myriad locations and dates to gather with Reedies around the world.

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California: Berkeley, La Jolla, Portola Valley

  • Berkeley—Thursday, April 17, starts at 6:30 p.m.

    Free House serves affordable American food that was once a meeting place for Berkely's Free Speech Movement.

    2700 Bancroft Way
    Berkeley, CA

    RSVP to the chapter Facebook page or to Constance Brand '78,

  • La Jolla—Thursday, April 17, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Come hang out at the Crabcatcher's Seaside Cafe with fellow Reedies. Happy hour lasts until 9 p.m.

Crabcatcher's Seaside Cafe
1298 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA

RSVP to Bryn Fillers '87, or 858/775-1991

  • Portola Valley (Palo Alto)—Thursday, April 17, starts at 6 p.m.

Join fellow south peninsula-area Reedies at a classic location. The Alpine Inn (née Zot's) is a relaxed beer and burger joint in Portola Valley, which is easy to get to from I-280. Weather permitting, we will meet in the back outside at a table near the fence closest to the parking lot.

Look for the purple stuffed Griffin and/or Reed pennant on the table. We have a few regulars and a larger number of fascinating Reedies who drop in once or infrequently.

Directions: Take Alpine Road west from I-280 for two miles. Take a left on Arastradero and an immediate right into the parking lot. There is a clearly marked left turn lane here, it is a unique feature. Proceed very carefully: visibility is poor and bicyclists abound. If you hit Portola Road on the right, you've gone too far.

Keep an eye out for cyclists!

Alpine Inn Beer Garden
3915 Alpine Rd.
Portola Valley, CA

RSVP to Ian Kerr '89,


  • Chicago—Thursday, April 17, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Yes, we are back at the geographically convenient Paramount Room because Alison missed the Virtue cider, and Sara is a sucker for tempura-battered green beans.

This Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant is a hidden gem just north of the Loop known for its Wagyu burgers, reuben sandwiches, and rotating "no-crap-on-tap" beers. The kitchen is open until midnight! We'll be in the downstairs lounge with the stuffed griffin.

A couple blocks from the Blue line (Grand station), the Green and Pink lines (Clinton station), and right off the Kennedy Expressway: all the geographical benefits of the Loop, but without the parking hassles.

Paramount Room
415 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL

RSVP to Alison Aske '93, or 773/398-643; or to Sara Frank '96 at 303/325-6063; or on our Facebook page.

NOTE: Are you generally interested in attending Thirsty Third Thursdays or other events, but never know when/where they're happening? "Like" our public Facebook page at and "Join" our private group at to stay informed. Hope to see you at an alumni event very soon.


  • Bloomington—Thursday, April 17, starts at 7 p.m.

"The owl and the pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat."  If you have sailed away from campus and need to meet up with some Reedies, then come down to the Runcible Spoon.  

Runcible Spoon
412 E 6th St. 
Bloomington, IN

RSVP to Arini Esarey '05,


  • New Orleans—Thursday, April 17, starts at 5:30 p.m.

Come out for some delicious cocktails and eats with your fellow Reedies.

3162 Dauphine St.
New Orleans, LA

Please RSVP to Jinyoung Park '11,


  • Cambridge—Thursday, April 17, starts at 7:30 p.m.

Thirsty Third Thursday will return to Tasty Burger in Harvard Square. Last month our team, Putin On the Ritz, won first place at trivia. Come out and help us win again! We'll assemble for food and beer at 7:30; trivia begins at 8 p.m.

Harvard Square Tasty Burger (trivia on lower floor)
40 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA

If possible, please RSVP to Dave Williams '06 at or 425/891-9493. Feel free to show up unannounced, though; you can reach him at 206/792-5827 if you would like to make a last-minute appearance and need directions.

New York

  • New York City—Thirsty Third Tuesday, April 15, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday nights seem to work much better in our city, so join us for "Thirsty Third Tuesday" in NYC.

7 Rivington St.
Manhattan, Lower East Side

No need to RSVP, just show up and sniff out the Reedies.

North Carolina

  • Durham—Thursday, April 17, starts at 7 p.m.

Triangle Reedies: Let's grab a beer at Fullsteam and some food from one of the local food trucks outside (Boxcarr, Smiles!). Quoting from Fullsteam's webpage: "Our mission is to craft a distinctly Southern beer style using local farmed goods, heirloom grains, and Southern botanicals. Like what, you wonder? We're making beer with sweet potatoes, corn grits, summer basil, and malted barley house-smoked over hickory."

Fullsteam Brewery
726 Rigsbee Ave.
Durham, NC

RSVP to Keith Allen '83 at


  • Portland—Thursday, April 17, starts at 7 p.m.

This month takes us to Suzette owned by Jehnee Rains '93.  In addtion to amazing food, she has beer on tap, cocktails, and if you stay late enough, a live gypsy-jazz band.  

Suzette Creperie
3342 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR

No need to RSVP, we are obvious. 


  • Seattle—Thursday, April 17, starts at 6 p.m.

Free Radicals and Fatty Acids Edition. Join our merry band of intrepid, beer-soaked insurgents at Hales Ales in Seattle’s Fre-Lard neighborhood (get it?) for more groan-inducing puns and neologistic neighborhood coinages.

Hales Ales
4301 Leary Way NW (between, you know, Fremont and Ballard)
Seattle, WA

RSVP to Bram Wessel '90,

Washington, D.C.

  • Washington, D.C.—Thursday, April 17, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Come have Mexican food that will keep you full and drinks that will keep you happy.

3102 Mt. Pleasant St., NW
Washington, DC

RSVP to Harreld Dinkins ’94,

  • Washington, D.C.— Saturday, April 19, starts at 1 p.m.

Mobile-Making Workshop

Paul Sikora ‘70 will be conducting his annual mobile-making workshops in his studio/loft in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. At the beginners' workshop, beginning at 1 p.m., Paul will demonstrate how Alexander Calder applied just two basic balancing principles/techniques to make all the works in the art form he invented in Paris. Attendees will then apply these to make their own mobiles to take home. 

The advanced workshop will follow at 1:30 p.m., discussing techniques, materials, sources of ideas, books, and whatever else interests anyone. 

Everyone is welcome to attend either or both. Both workshops are free because the materials are really cheap, and Paul has too much fun to charge.

The beginners' workshop works for ages 8 and up. 

Paul's mobiles can be seen at as well as in several venues around the world.

Home of Paul Sikora ‘70
29 Kings SE Court Apt. 5
Washington, DC

RSVP to Paul Sikora ‘70,

  • Washington, D.C.—Saturday, May 3, 7 p.m.

Opera in the Outfield: Mozart’s Magic Flute

On May 3, members of the chapter will gather at Nationals Park for a free simulcast of the opening night of the Washington National Opera’s performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute.

We will have free tickets reserved to sit together in the stands, although those who prefer to sit on the grass in the outfield should plan to arrive early to get wristbands. We have reserved a block of (free) seats, but please RSVP so that we can increase the number of seats as needed.

The music from the Magic Flute is glorious, and the opera has long been appreciated for its appeal to children. In addition, although the opera itself does not begin until 7 p.m., there will be a number of child-centered activities beginning at 5 p.m., including live performances in center field, drumming demonstrations, coloring activities, a costume trunk, and chances to pose with cutouts of the opera’s characters.

We can bring picnic bags of modest size and non-alcoholic beverages into the stadium. For those who want to have dinner together before the event, we may want to visit one of the many restaurants that have opened within a five or ten minute walk of the stadium. Or, we meet at the Maine Avenue Fish Market—the nation’s oldest continuously operating fish market (it began more than 15 years earlier that the Fulton Fish Market in New York); we could eat there or pick up fare to bring into the stadium. Once we figure out who is going, we can assess who wants to do what about eating and drinking.

Nationals Park
1500 S Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC

RSVP to Paul Levy ’72,


  • Shanghai—Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.

Looking to add some hops back into our Shanghai diet with a good IPA. Boxing Cat Brewery is the best Portland-style beer in town (below are English and Chinese versions of the address):

Boxing Cat Brewery
Sinan Mansions at Fuxing Zhong Lu and Sinan Lu


RSVP to Nate Jones '09, or +86 13916299807 or +1 206-923-9297