2. If you’re constantly complaining about DJs playing crappy music at clubs, now’s your chance to show you can do better. During DC9’s Thursday “So You Want to Be a DJ” session, sign up for an hourlong time slot to show off your spinning skills. Schedules are here. Free.
3. The Latin American Youth Center is raising funds for its first annual LGBTQ Youth Prom. Helping out is simple: Stop by Gazuza in DC’s Dupont Circle Thursday from 5 to 8 for a fundraising happy hour. The $10 suggested donation gets you a free drink, and there’ll be sushi and hookahs. To learn more about the Latin American Youth Center, go here.
4. Laugh away your week’s sorrows at the Wonderland Ballroom’s Don’t Block the Box comedy show Friday. Featured comedians include Last Comic Standing’s Aparna Nancherla and DC Improv’s Keith Irvin. 7 PM; $2. For more details, click here.
5. As part of the I Love the ’90s outdoor-film series, Edward Scissorhands is playing at Rosslyn Gateway Park Friday at dusk. The Johnny Depp/Tim Burton classic is free. For more information about upcoming movies, click here. Want to know about other outdoor-film series in Washington? Check out our roundup here.
6. Friday from 7 to 9, take a look at the work of artists Ryan Hill and Lindsey Raymond at the Civilian Art Projects. Hill’s work—organized in an exhibit called SuperFacial—is mostly found images and word associations, while Raymond’s Killing Me Softly display shows embroidered and hand-sewn pieces that combine tradition with horror. The show opens at 7; free. Click here for more information.
7. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz discuss their book, Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery—which is based on the 13-part Washington Post series on Chandra Levy’s disappearance—at Politics and Prose Saturday at 3:30. Free. For more details, click here.
8. Beautiful Losers, a film directed by Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard, discusses the graffiti-influenced, DIY visual aesthetic popularized by artists such as Shepard Fairey and Barry McGee. It’s at the National Portrait Gallery’s McEvoy Auditorium at 3:30 Saturday. The event is free, and no tickets are required. Click here for more information.
9. Famed DJ Will Eastman brings his punk/pop/club/indie Bliss dance night to U Street Music Hall. Guest DJs include VS Wild and Phil Real. Doors open at 10 PM Saturday, and tickets are $10. Get more information here.
10. Sunday is the DC Record Fair at the Black Cat. You can browse through records from more than 30 vendors—plus, DJs Dredd, Fort Knox Five, Alec MacKaye, John Foster, and more will spin. The record-palooza runs from noon to 6, and admission is $2.