What to Do This Weekend: April 11 to 14
Learn about pirates, hit the Sakura Matsuri street festival, and play mini golf at various Dupont bars.
Thursday, April 11
MUSIC: Looking to dance? U Street Music Hall hosts Goldroom, a Los Angeles-based deejay whose synth pop is more Passion Pit than the wubwubwub robot music you seem to hear a lot these days. Openers Stepdad make even dancier music. Tickets ($12) are available online. 10 PM.
PIRATES: Archaeologist Barry Clifford discovered the first-ever pirate shipwreck when he found the Whydah, which sank off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717. Clifford will be at the National Geographic Museum discussing his haul, which included more than 60 cannons and 10,000 coins. Talk about a buried treasure. $22. 7:30 PM.
Friday, April 12
SHOP: U Street’s Lettie Gooch is celebrating its seventh anniversary. Like any seven-year-old, the clothing boutique loves candy—but unlike most seven-year-olds, it’s willing to share. Come in anytime after happy hour for a free candy bar, Champagne cocktails, goodie bags, and a deejay. Free. 5 PM.
MUSEUM PARTY: The Francophonie cultural festival is coming to an end with a huge party at the Smithsonian African Art Museum. Things get started with Cameroonian singer/songwriter Kaissa and end with world music deejay the Pinstriped Rebel. A fashion show, dancing, drinking, and art-admiring happen sometime in between. Tickets ($35) are available online. 8 PM.
ART: Works from more than 60 artists will be on display at restaurants, shops, and galleries in Takoma this weekend as part of Art Hop. Get a preview with the kickoff party at Trohv, which features beers from 3 Stars Brewing Company, food trucks galore, and dessert from Capital City Cheesecake. Free. 6 PM. Art Hop runs 11 to 5 through Sunday.
UP THE PUNX: St. Stephen’s Church and the Pinch host Damaged City, a two-day hardcore punk festival featuring a couple dozen bands from around the country, tons of zines, vegan food, records, and unshowered people. The festival runs Friday and Saturday.
Friday at St. Stephens: $15, 6 PM. At the Pinch: Free, 11 PM.
Saturday at St. Stephens: $25, 1 PM. At the Pinch: Free, 11 PM.
Saturday, April 13
AFTER-PARTY: Big Sean plays the Fillmore Saturday, but things will really pop off at the after-party at the Howard Theatre. Sean hosts—expect lots of G.O.O.D. Music staples by Kanye West, Pharrell, and 2 Chainz. Tickets ($20) are available online. 10 PM.
(EXPENSIVE) SCAVENGER HUNT: Grab a few of your most resourceful friends and your thinking cap and put away your shame if you want to have any hope of winning Hunt DC, the city’s largest scavenger hunt. It ain’t cheap, and I’m not sure why, but the hunt takes all day and you get a drink and a T-shirt out of it. So far, more than 170 teams are signed up, so the competition will be fierce. Tickets ($59) are available online. 11 AM.
CHERRY BLOSSOMS: Pennsylvania Avenue will be taken over by the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival all day Saturday. The festival features Japanese food, art, martial arts, and J-Pop performances on four different stages. Things get started near the end of the parade, which you can find out more about through the website. $5. 10:30 to 6.
BAR CRAWL: Not sure what kind of golf course has 11 holes, but Dupont’s mini golf bar crawl challenge is back. It hits the usual bars (Mackey’s, Recessions, Mighty Pint, Madhatter, etc.), which will all have mini golf holes constructed inside them. Participants get $2 Coors Lights and $3 Blue Moons all evening. Tickets ($12) are available online. 2 PM.
Sunday, April 14
RAP: If you’ve got any energy left from the weekend, head over to U Street for the Hip-Hop Bar Crawl. Start at Duffy’s, where DJ Kayo will spin Bad Boy and Death Row Records joints, and then stumble, Dougie, or pop lock and drop it to five other bars down the street. Each bar has different drink specials and will play hip-hop from different eras and regions. $10. 2 PM.
ART: ArtJamz encourages non-artists (or at least amateur ones) to drink a bunch of wine and start painting. The surprising thing is many of the works turn out great—err, good enough to hang on your apartment wall. Go start your collection at Artz Bazaar, where you’ll be able to pick up pieces starting at just $35. Free. Noon to 4.
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