Put aside any jaded, anti-Valentine’s tendencies for an evening and check out the “Color of Love,” a new exhibit showcasing 50 artists’ interpretations of love. It opens Friday at the Touchstone Gallery with a Champagne reception from 6 to 8:30. Free.
“Open Source,” a new exhibit showing work by the students and faculty of George Mason University’s School of Art, opens Friday at the Carroll Square Gallery (975 F St., NW). There’s a reception from 6 to 8. Free.
Local electronica group Ra Ra Rasputin plays the Friday Night Eclectic show at Strathmore. The hipster-friendly concert series is preceded by a PBR Happy Hour, during which 16-ounce cans are $2. Buy tickets ($10) from Strathmore—they’re also available for $12 at the door. Happy hour starts at 8; the show begins at 9.
Busboys and Poets at DC’s 14th and V streets, Northwest, hosts an open mike and talent showcase Friday. This month’s special guest is Tamara Wellons, whose music combines soul and jazz. 11 PM. $5.
Unleash your inner emo kid Saturday night at Cryfest, a dance party at the Black Cat that pits the Cure against the Smiths for the title of ultimate crybaby band. 9:30. $10.
Saturday, Thurgood Marshall Academy’s THEARC theater hosts “Celebrating Our Roots,” a performance in honor of Black History Month. Step Afrika!, Locura Afro-Cuban Percussion Ensemble, and others will perform following an art walk (featuring students’ pieces) and reception. 2 to 4. Free.
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