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What to Do This Week: September 30 to October 3

Free comedy, an iPad art class at the Corcoran, and the opening of the (e)merge art fair.

Capitol Skyline hosts the (e)merge art fair starting Thursday, featuring works from local, national, and international artists. Photograph by Kate Warren.

Monday, September 30

COMEDY: After last night’s Breaking Bad drama we could all use a few laughs, right? Two area bars have free comedy shows tonight: Jammin’ Java brings back its popular Comedy Showcase, and Townhouse Tavern hosts its weekly Underground Comedy show, which is notable because it’s one of the few free open mike nights that has no cover or drink minimum while still managing to attract some decent talent.

Jammin’ Java: Free, 9 PM

Townhouse Tavern: Free, 8 PM

Tuesday, October 1

HISTORY: You’ll probably never mistake M Street for Glasgow, but Scots were some of the first people to settle the neighborhood. Celebrate that heritage at Tudor Place, which is hosting a lecture about Georgetown’s Scottish history. Enjoy Scotch tastings and bagpipe music before John King Bellassai of the St. Andrew’s Society of DC gives a quick history lesson about Scots in Georgetown. Tickets ($20) are available online. 6 PM.

Wednesday, October 2

DRAW: Those sketch apps on your iPad are nice, but let’s face it, you probably draw stick figures and cat faces with it. And is it even possible to play Draw Something without cheating? The artists at the Corcoran think it is. They’ll help you learn how to use your fingers to sketch on the iPad, helping you re-create some of its pre-1945 American paintings on display while teaching you about color, composition, and how they apply in the digital age. A glass of wine and light snacks are included. Tickets ($30) are available online. 6:30 PM.

Thursday, October 3

ART: DC’s smaller-scale answer to Miami’s Art Basel, (e)merge, is back at Capitol Skyline for the third consecutive year. The art show transforms the underground levels of the hotel and a couple of floors of hotel rooms into miniature art galleries where local, national, and international artists show off their works. Even if you’re not looking to start or add to your collection, it’s worth your time to check it out. Thursday’s opening party features performances by Maimouna Youssef and a deejay set by John Thornley of U.S. Royalty near the hotel’s outdoor pool. Tickets ($35) are available online. 7 PM.

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