Thursday, May 17: It may not be exactly high-brow, but I bet that Knocked Up is going to be a blockbuster hit of the summer, along the lines of The 40 Year-Old Virgin (especially considering it’s directed by the same guy, Judd Apatow). Tonight’s your chance to catch a free screening at the Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington). Get passes by signing up for the theater’s newsletter. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the screening is at 7:30 pm.
What do Josh Groban, Carlos Santana, Branford Marsalis, and Alicia Keys have in common? They’ve collaborated with Angelique Kidjo, a gorgeous vocalist who performs West African funk and pop-laced music. Kidjo is at the Lisner (730 21st Street, NW) at 8 pm. $25–40.
Are you modern? That’s what the Corcoran asks in “Mastering Modernism,” a four-part series of lectures with local experts and critics. Tonight Ellen Lupton, curator of contemporary design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, will talk about new technologies of domesticity as well as advertising that changed the way people lived in the early 20th century. After the 30-minute lecture, Lupton leads a tour of the Corcoran’s Modernism exhibit. 7 pm; free with admission ($14) to the museum. Email email@example.com, or call (202) 639-1852 for reservations.
The Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St., NE; 202-388-ROCK) hosts the AfroFunk Forum, a night of African-influenced dance music. Local Afrofunk band Chopteeth will take the stage along with DJ Thick and others. Be ready to get your dance on. Doors open at 8 pm; $10.
It’s the last day of DC Yoga Week, which offers free and discounted yoga classes. Details here.
If you were around DC in the past couple of years, you no doubt remember Borf, the ubiquitous graffiti tagger who turned out to be a high-school student and eventually did jail time. Now we’ve got “The Consolation of Ruin,” an exhibition of “banal art objects” by the Borf Brigade. The opening reception is from 6 to 10 pm at 1644 North Capitol Street, NW. I can’t say what exactly to expect, as the Borf Brigade operates in relative secrecy, but there will probably be some graffiti art as well as multimedia work. Free.
Burlesque, music, dancing, and general gender-bending performances take place tonight at the 9:30 Club with the Great Big International Drag King Show. The avant-garde performance troupe does drag and queer entertainment better than anybody. $25; doors open at 8 pm.
Look at a local park through a scientist’s eyes with the Rock Creek Park BioBlitz. The 24-hour event brings together scientists and volunteers to trek through Rock Creek Park and identify as many species as possible. Register here; the opening ceremony is 11:30 am at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center (5200 Glover Rd., NW).