Friday, August 13
The I Love the ’90s Film Festival continues at Rosslyn’s Gateway Park with Airheads, the classic story of three rockers who decide to hold a radio station hostage. Free; the film rolls at dusk.
Director Adam Wong ditched special effects for his 2007 film Magic Boy and relied instead on the talents of his star—and real-life magician—Anjo Leung. Watch this tale of sleight-of-hand as part of the Freer Gallery’s Made in Hong Kong Film Festival. Free; Friday at 7, Sunday at 2.
Saturday, August 14
Which presidents had a sweet tooth? Find out when former White House chef Roland Mesnier discusses and signs his book All the Presidents’ Pastries: Twenty-Five Years in the White House at the National Museum of American History. Free; 1 to 3:30.
Mousetrap, the Black Cat’s popular monthly dance night, returns this weekend. A mainstay since 2000, the show blends all manner of Britpop from the Smiths to the Libertines. $10; 9:30 PM.
Remixes abound at DC9, where two DJs will play in tandem to create live mashups at the On & On Dance Party. Expect only the finest in hip-hop, house, disco, and funk. Free; 10 PM.
Sunday, August 15
It’s a good old-fashioned battle of the bands at the 9:30 Club with Battle to Break Out, in which six local finalists perform live to decide who takes home the crown. The winners have the chance to open at HFStival 2010, where they’ll share the stage with Third Eye Blind, Billy Idol, and more. $10; 11 AM.
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