What to Do This Weekend: January 24 to 27
Dude Fest at Arlington Draft House, a Daft Punk tribute band at 9:30 Club, and “Washingtonian Bride & Groom’s” Unveiled.
Thursday, January 24
GOOD RIDDANCE: Horrific news for Georgetown freshmen and sophomores: Third Edition, the oh-so-trashy bar of choice for underage college students from all around the Washington area, is closing its doors after tonight. We’re guessing you don’t need a fake ID anymore, but go relive the times you did with free hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, and one last rodeo on that wild dance floor. Free. 7 PM.
DANCE: Daft Punk has officially gotten the tribute … uhh, deejay treatment: Since the duo basically never tours, see the next best thing at 9:30 Club. The tribute group One More Time spins all their best songs and wears those crazy helmets, so you’ll barely notice the difference. Tickets ($17) are available online. 10 PM.
MOVIE: If you’re unable to go four seconds without quoting The Big Lebowski, you should probably check out Dude Fest at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, where you’ll be among similar obsessives. Things kick off with music relating to the movie, then you get to show off your dude-ness with a trivia contest before a screening of the movie. Tickets ($12) are available online. 7 PM.
Friday, January 25
DANCE: Get ready to robot in your track jacket: Black Cat’s Duran Duran and New Order dance night is sure to make you want to move in very deliberate, pre-programmed ways. Tickets ($10) are available online. 9:30 PM.
SIDESHOW: Meanwhile at Black Cat’s downstairs, Coney Island sideshow performers New York Variety All-Stars are moving off the boardwalk and onto the stage—expect magic, sideshow, comedy, ventriloquism (creepy), and a lot of ridiculousness. Tickets ($10) are available online. 9 PM.
DANCE: Electronic duo Benoit & Sergio have roots in DC, European street cred, and that house music sound that’s so hot right now. Head over to U Street Music Hall and pretend you’re in Ibiza (the club or the island, doesn’t matter). Tickets ($10) are available online. 10 PM.
DEEJAY CONTEST: Red Bull is looking for the best deejays in the world—and wouldn’t you know it, they’re holding a regional competition in one of DC’s best dance bars, Rock & Roll Hotel. The THRE3STYLE competition is free to get in and features five deejays trying to outdo one another—and you can probably score some free Red Bull to keep you going. Free when you RSVP online. 9 PM.
Saturday, January 26
BEER: Last time you stumbled around with wine; this time it’s beer. The Crystal City 1K beer walk gives you the chance to sample up to 20 of 50 possible beers from dozens of craft brewers. Bring your running shoes and don’t carbo-load too much for your long journey: Afterward, Jaleo, King Street Blues, and Legal Seafoods will be serving up snacks. Tickets ($35) are available online; the event also runs Sunday ($30). 1 to 5 PM Saturday; 1 to 4 PM Sunday.
DANCE: Hope you’re all recovered from inauguration weekend, because it’s time to go dancing again. Mount Pleasant’s Haydee’s is hosting TNT!, a night of funk, R&B, Latin, and Jamaican music. Take pictures because you’re not going to remember what happened if you partake in the $8 beer-and-tequila bombs, which sound horrendous. But more power to you if you can handle it. Free. 10 PM.
WEIRD HYBRIDS: Bluegrass meets hip-hop? Sure, why not. Gangstagrass has been written up by the Wall Street Journal, has been featured on FX’s Justified, and combines rap and record scratches with fiddles and banjos, which is a thing you probably want to hear. Tickets ($15) are available online. 8 PM at Artisphere.
Sunday, January 27
WEDDINGS: Getting married? Washingtonian Bride & Groom’s Unveiled is the best place to check out the latest dresses and meet top florists, planners, caterers, and more. You’ll sip cocktails and Champagne, taste cakes and other goodies from the Ritz, and have a chance to win a handful of door prizes. Tickets ($60) are available online. 11:30 AM.
SUPER BOWL: So the Redskins were bounced early, but chances are you’ve got at least a couple friends who are big Ravens fans. Support the semi-local team with an awesome feast—you know you can do better than chips and salsa and lukewarm pigs-in-a-blanket. Vendors at Union Market will be showing you how to whip up some championship-caliber foods for the big game next weekend so you don’t fumble your Super Bowl party. Free. 11 AM to 3 PM.
MUSIC: Vinyl nerds, mark your calendars (or use your incredible memory to recall information in several days): The DC Record Fair is coming to Penn Social. Check out new and used vinyl from local labels and stores while you sip cheap cocktails. Six deejays will spin all day. Sounds better than a CD fair, doesn’t it?
Early birds: 11 AM to 5 PM, $5
Regular admission: Noon to 5 PM, $2
FASHION: Get rid of all those clothes that no longer fit your body or your style at Nana’s Clothing Swap. Bring a trash bag full of your old standbys and leave with a new one. Leftovers will be donated to Martha’s Table. Tickets ($15) are available online. 1 PM.
Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find him on Twitter @jason_koebler.