What to Do This Week: May 21 to 24

Learn about the origins of French hip-hop, see Jonathan Adler speak, and check out a crazy museum dance party.

By: Jason Koebler

See designer Jonathan Adler at the Corcoran on Tuesday. Photograph courtesy of Jonathan Adler.

Monday, May 21

Harlem, Compton, and . . . France? Busboys & Poets hosts a talk about the rise of hip-hop in both America and France. Use it as a chance to show off or brush up on your street cred so you can name-drop a few underground artists next happy hour. $5 cover at the 5th and K street location. 6 PM.

Tuesday, May 22

Since beginning in 1993, Jonathan Adler has become one of the country's most famous interior designers. Since then, he's opened 18 retail stores showcasing his "happy chic" design, including a new one in Georgetown. He'll talk about his design principles at the Corcoran to promote the new store. Tickets ($15) are available online. 7 PM.

Wednesday, May 23

The blues and doing wacky stuff for money are about as American as you can get. Red Palace hosts "It's a Hootenanny," a night of sideshow acts and good ol' down-home music. Buy tickets ($10) online. 8:30 PM.

Thursday, May 24

We presumably have till the end of December-ish before the world ends, but that's no reason not to start partying now. The Art Museum of the Americas presents Apocalypse, featuring live music, a deejay, an open bar, and an art installation. Get ready to party like you're on you're way out. Tickets ($40) are available online only. 8 PM.