If the above listing isn’t for you but you’re still eager to show off your moves, spend Friday night at Glen Echo Park’s contra-dance class from 7:30 to 8:15. Square dances and waltzes will be mixed in as well, and a called dance to live music follows the lesson from 8:30 to 11:30. Admission is $9, and all ages are welcome. For further information, visit the park’s Web site.
If you haven’t checked out the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (1054 31st St., NW) free “Heads or Tails” exhibit, it’s time to get your butt in gear. Now in its fifth year, the collection showcases “tasteful backsides and portraits” in a lighthearted look at the human form. The show runs through December 5 and is open Wednesday through Friday 1 to 6 and Saturday 1 to 5.
Pregame for the annual Scottish Walk by venturing to Alexandria on Saturday for the Scottish Heritage Preview at the Lyceum (201 S. Washington St.) from 11 to 4. Learn about Northern Virginia’s Scottish heritage with free music, performances by Highland dancers, and reenactors dressed in period clothing and armor. For more information, click here.
Wet your palette this weekend with a three-hour painting demonstration from 1 to 4 by Northern Virginia watercolorist Ken Frye at the opening of his new exhibit at the Ayr Hill Gallery. A reception with light food and beverages will accompany the lesson. To reserve your spot, call 703-938-3880 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants are asked to bring their own chair.
This Thanksgiving weekend, learn why so many of our Founding Fathers were eager to leave the Old Country with a free screening of King and Country at 3:30 on Saturday in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building. The 1964 film follows a working-class private who deserts the English army in World War I after witnessing terrors from the trenches. Without giving too much of the ending away, if you’re squeamish, this probably isn’t the movie for you.
Learn about the man behind The Lord of the Rings movies before he was the man behind The Lord of the Rings movies at the Black Cat’s free Bad Taste Film Night: The Disgusting Early Work of Peter Jackson, Sunday at 8:30. The film screened is Braindead, a zombie slapstick-horror movie from 1992. To be honest, we don’t quite know what to make of it, but to check out the trailer for yourself, click here.
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