This weekend is your last chance to get caught up on the year’s best films before Sunday’s Oscar ceremonies. Catch best-picture nominee Winter’s Bone at Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse on Thursday night. 9:50 PM; $5.50.
See another Oscar nominee at the National Archives on Friday, where best-documentary nominee Restrepo, which chronicles a US platoon’s deployment in Afghanistan, screens at 7. Free.
Have a cheap laugh at Wonderland Ballroom on Friday, when local comics including Rob Maher, Mike James, Mariya Alexander, and others perform in the comedy show “Don’t Block the Box.” 7 PM; $3.
Saturday is the National Museum of Natural History’s Orchid Family Day, celebrating the museum’s live-orchid exhibit. Try your hand at calligraphy, learn how to plant an orchid at home, and make your own stamp art. 11 to 3; free.
Michael Showalter—you may recognize him from Wet Hot American Summer or the comedy group the State—reads from his new book, Mr. Funny Pants, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Saturday evening. Buy tickets ($8) from Ticketfly. They’re also available for $10 at the door. 7:30 PM.
Northern Virginia’s own Ash Lovelies celebrate the release of their new CD, Ode to Arlington, at Artisphere on Saturday night. They’ll play a set and are encouraging audience members to bring their own rhythm instruments (think maracas, tambourines, etc.) and join in with the band afterward. 7 PM; free.
If you’ve ever wondered what to do with old gift cards and plastic Snapple bottles, look no further than the eco-art jewelry class at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop this Saturday. You’ll learn how to turn plastic trash in to stylish—and sustainable—accessories. Call 202-547-6839 to reserve a spot. 10 AM; free.
The Bliss dance party, hosted by local DJ Will Eastman, returns to U Street Music Hall on Saturday with a seven-hour set. 9 PM; $10.
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