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What to Do This Weekend: January 31 to February 3

Observe Groundhog Day, watch the DC Rollergirls, and celebrate the Super Bowl Spanish or American style.

See the DC Rollergirls battle it out at Stadium Armory Saturday. Photograph by James Calder/DC Rollergirls.

Thursday, January 31

SHOP/DRINK: The people at Ginger Root Design are trying to have it both ways with their Valentine’s Day Shopping Party/Anti-Valentine’s Day Drinking Party. So either go buy your special someone a super nice, thoughtful gift, or get tanked in the corner off drinks provided by Bourbon Outfitters. Maybe you’ll meet your soulmate. Free. 6 PM.

VENT: So 1920 DC knows you have issues and that, for some reason, venting them to a close friend is not sufficient. That’s why it created You Know Really Grinds My Gears, which is “karaoke for complainers.” I prefer to just call it an open mike with a particularly pessimistic or angry theme. Anyway, head over there and air your grievances for everyone to hear. Free. 8:30 PM.

DRINK: Marion Barry, a bunch of Georgetown bros, and other various socialites will be at George tonight for the opening of its back bar. If you don’t have the credentials to get into the “black card only lounge,” tonight’s your only chance—it’ll be open to the public for one night only. Cost: your dignity. 10 PM.

Friday, February 1

DOUGHNUTS: For some reason, doughnuts are DC’s new thing, as people (thankfully) move on from cupcakes. Get a sneak peek at Dupont Circle’s Cool Disco Donuts Friday between 10 AM and 2 PM before its official opening later in February.

DRINK: If you’ve never tried the sugary goodness of a pisco sour, Friday’s your time—Cuba Libre will serve up $5 pisco cocktails, $4 sangria, and $5 ceviche for national pisco sour day. Chile and Peru have a long-running blood feud over who invented the grape-based spirit. I’m team Chile, but Peru wins at Cuba Libre, which will be serving Peru’s Porton brand. 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

EAT (A LOT): DC Meat Week is coming to a close, but any carnivore would be remiss to not seize the chance to determine who’s got the best mobile meat. BBQ Bus, PORC, Carnivore BBQ, and Curley’s Q BBQ trucks will face off in a battle of the brisket—$49 gets you tastings of eight meats (generally pulled pork and brisket), eight sides, and three PBRs to wash it down. Bacon punch, which is something I hope to never ingest, will be served at the bar for $7 a pop. Tickets ($49) are available through LivingSocial. 6:30 PM.

DANCE: Bring your glowsticks and a sense of adventure, because you are definitely getting separated from your friends at the Avicii concert at the cavernous DC Armory. The 23-year-old Swedish deejay has quickly become one of the most popular electronic music producers in the world for his undeniable ability to get thousands of people to go nuts at once. Tickets ($27.50 to $97.50) are available through Ticketmaster. 8 PM.

BEER: Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company has been going strong for two years now, and it’s time to celebrate with a brand new strong, dark ale called Two. Party in the brewery’s tasting room all night—the first-ever keg of Two will be tapped at 3 PM and will be on special until 9 PM.

Saturday, February 2

GROUNDHOG DAY: If you are both A) a masochist and B) believe in and/or play along with stupid traditions, head over to Dupont Circle at the ungodly hour of 7:30 AM to check out whether the groundhog Potomac Phil sees his shadow or not. This year the event is not really necessary because I have preemptively decided that with the warm weather of the last few days, spring has sprung. Put your coats in storage. Free. 7:30 AM.

CABARET: For the past year, Black Fox Lounge has been putting on La-Ti-Do, a weekly spoken word cabaret/musical theater night. For its one-year anniversary, the event moves to Saturday, taking over both levels of the bar, hiring a deejay, and serving up La-Ti-Do-Tinis. $5. 6 PM.

FUNK: People in New Jersey and New York are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy. Potomac Groundswell has gathered three bands (all of them funky, all of them on Eric Hilton’s hip ESL label) to play a benefit party. Come ready to dance and, if you want, bid on art at a silent auction. Tickets ($20) are available through Eventbrite. 7 PM.

ROLLER DERBY: The DC Rollergirls are back to shove one another around on skates—if you’ve never been to a roller derby, it’s time to rectify that. Plus this might be the first time in 20 years that there have been back-to-back cool events at the DC Armory. Who knows when it’ll happen again? You’ll check out two bouts—the Majority Whips take on the DC DemonCats and the Cherry Blossom Bombshells will, ummm, derby against Scare Force One. Tickets ($12) are available online or at the door. 4 PM.

Sunday, February 3

SUPER BOWL (SPANISH STYLE): You should probably just be an American and sit in front of the TV housing chips and guac and pigs in a blanket while being force-fed slightly more amusing advertising than usual. But if you need a place to check out the Super and/or Puppy Bowl, Vinoteca is serving up $5 glasses of wine all night and will have specials on decidedly not-American small plates such as pan con tomate. 5 to 11 PM.

SUPER BOWL (AMERICAN STYLE): If you prefer to celebrate the U-S of A way, Jack Rose has the whole American bar food thing down. During the game, you can drink $5 pints, hot punch, and whiskey drinks, and all the food, including chili and cornbread, Buffalo wings, and sausage and peppers, is free. 6 PM. For more places offering game-day specials, check out our roundups on After Hours and Best Bites Blog.

CANADA: If you’re into more Canadian sports, the Caps also take on their rivals the Penguins at 12:30. But if the team doesn’t start winning soon, that rivalry will soon fall into the “doesn’t matter” category. Tickets ($77 to $425) are available through Ticketmaster. 12:30 PM.

Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at, or find him on Twitter @jason_koebler

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