Thursday, August 22
IMPROV: Whose Line Is It Anyway? is back, proving improv comedy wasn’t just a thing you pregamed for in college. Head over to Source Theatre all this weekend for Improv-a-Looza, featuring troupes from around the area. Some will improv entire TV episodes, others take on the sci-fi disaster genre, some even relive disastrous high school class elections. Not recommended for those who have PTSD after having to give a canned speech. $10. 8 PM.
GO-GO: Even though Chuck Brown has beat his feet into the afterlife, DC is still throwing him huge birthday bashes. The Howard Theatre celebrates the father of Go-Go with performances by his band and Suttle Thoughts. $20. 8 PM.
MINI-GOLF: The coolest mini-golf course in the city (sorry, H Street Country Club, we love you too) is having its last open-late night of the summer. Get to the National Building Museum to check out two nine-hole courses designed by top architects from around the country. If you miss out tonight, you’ll have to play hooky from work or face weekend crowds. $5. 5 to 9 PM.
Friday, August 23
ROOFTOPS: Many sloppy, fratty bars have been saved by a nice rooftop. Midtown, in the heart of the Dupont strip of bars that fit this description, will try to become the next. Its rooftop opens up with a special party hosted by Svedka and deejayed by Alex Persaud. Free. 8 PM.
DANCE: They’re all the rage these days, but for our money, there’s no better ’90s dance night than No Scrubs at 9:30 Club. Deejay Will Eastman steps out of his own U Street Music Hall to man the turntables along with Brian Billion. Expect lots of Nirvana, Spice Girls, Boyz II Men, and all of your favorite one-hit wonders. $15. 9 PM.
DANCE x2: Or, you can throw things back a little farther around the corner at the Howard Theatre, which is hosting a Prince and Michael Jackson dance night, featuring the music of … you know. Tickets ($12) are available online. 11 PM.
TALK SHOWS: David Letterman and Conan are nice when you’ve got nothing better to do, but they lack that DC focus. The Charlie Visconage Show, filmed once a month in front of a live audience (that’s you), doesn’t have that problem. Head to the DC Arts Center, where his guests will be Frank Warren of PostSecret, rapper Born I, and artists Matt Sesow and Dana Ellyn. This is going to be his last show, so it’s probably best to buy tickets in advance. $15 online. 9 PM.
Saturday, August 24
ICE CREAM SANDWICHES: There’s a reason someone invented the ice cream sandwich, and that reason was because someone would inevitably replace the “sandwich” part with cookies instead of whatever those wafers are. Brightest Young Things presents Cookies & Cream, featuring the best local cookie bakers, the best local ice cream creamers, and a few people who dare to marry the two. It’s at Penn Social, which means games, booze, and live music. Tickets ($13) are available online. Noon.
MUSIC: Now that he’s got gobs of The Voice and, umm, “Forget You” money, Cee Lo Green is free to do as he pleases: That means reuniting his long-defunct rap crew, Goodie Mob. Cee Lo is always good for a crazy costume or two, so it might be worth checking them out at 9:30 Club. $40. 7 PM.
MOVIES: It probably speaks to the quality of the film that Oz the Great and Powerful is not only already on DVD but is already being shown at free outdoor film festivals. Still, you can’t complain about the price, and there are worse things to check out than the Carter Barron Ampitheatre in Rock Creek Park. Free. 8:15 PM.
INTERACTIVE THEATER: It’s tough to explain exactly what the Time Machine is without having you experience it, but I’ll try. It’s an interactive puzzle/60-minute theater experience thing. It’s kind of like a game/haunted house that’s not scary/maze featuring fancy sets, sounds, and stories from NPR sound engineers and producers all based on the works of H.G. Wells. Maybe you should just check it out. It’s at Northeast’s Union Arts through the end of the month. $20. 3 to 9 PM (starts every 20 minutes).
Sunday, August 25
COMEDY: Sunday nights mean Monday morning is almost here—the best you can do is just laugh. Head to Mova DC on 14th Street for Glos Glitter Comedy Showcase, featuring nine DC and Baltimore comedians, two-for-one drinks, and a “glitter overload” (wonder what Ke$ha would say about that). Free. 5 PM.
POOL: Labor Day isn’t even here yet, but the folks at the Washington Jewish Community Center are already ready to call curtains on summer with their ’60s Beach Bash. The LGBT-friendly party has a $15 entry fee that includes bottomless beer and wine, pool games, and more. Tickets ($15) are available online. 1 PM.
PIZZA: New item to add to bottomless brunch lists: pizza. Piola’s just-launched bottomless pizza brunch features more than 40 types of pizza. It’s like a CiCi’s, but with high-quality, wood-oven pies. You can also add bottomless sangria for $15. 11 AM to 3 PM.
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