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What to Do This Weekend: March 28 to 31

Easter brunch, the end of the Craft Brewers Conference, and more dance parties than you can handle.

Zaytinya is among the local spots offering a special Easter brunch. Photograph by Chris Campbell.

Thursday, March 28

DANCE: First Liberation Dance Party, then Fatback, and now, after seven years, Nouveau Riche—three of DC’s best regularly scheduled dance nights have all ended forever in the past few months. Head to U Street Music Hall one last time to go nuts for deejays Gavin Holland, Nacey and Steve Starks, who have decided to end the dance night to focus on their solo careers. Tickets ($10) are available online. 9 PM.

BEER: Smith Commons snatched up brewers from Allagash, Firestone Walker Brewing, New Belgium, Flying Dog, and more for its BeerAdvocate Boil. You’ll find more than 30 rare beers on draft as the Craft Brewers Conference sadly comes to a close. Free. 7 PM.

BEER: Flying Dog Brewery is hosting Festival de Cans at 9:30 Club, presumably to show that a beer doesn’t have to be on tap in order to be delicious. Escort, a 17-member disco orchestra, will provide the tunes you require to get your dance on. Tickets ($25) are available online. 8 PM.

Friday, March 29

COMEDY: Wonderland Ballroom hosts its 27th edition of Don’t Block the Box, which is better than your average DC comedy night. This week’s show features Atlanta’s Matty Litwack, Rallo Boykins, Jessica Brodkin, and Stavros Halkias. $3. 7:30 PM.

KARAOKE: Sick of hearing “Sweet Caroline” and “Don’t Stop Believin’” at karaoke? Black Cat has you covered with Punk Rock Karaoke. Just make sure you’re confident enough to jump around like Ian MacKaye—standing listlessly at the mike isn’t gonna cut it. Tickets ($8) are available online. 9 PM.

WAREHOUSE PARTY: If you haven’t yet, buy tickets for Cherry Blast now and thank me later. DC’s best party of the year (in my opinion) always sells out and is one of the rare times you get to hang out in a giant warehouse decked out with art installations, trippy lighting, and live performance art. But you’re mostly there to dance, so do that. Tickets ($10) are available online. 8 PM.

Saturday, March 30

BAR CRAWL: It’s not gonna be super warm Saturday, but the DC Bunny Run must go on. Head to Stoney’s at noon wearing whatever your definition of a bunny outfit is. The run will head around the monuments before hitting up a few bars, eventually ending at ChurchKey. Free. Noon.

COMEDY: Aziz Ansari is playing four shows at Constitution Hall this weekend, but Saturday’s late show is the only one with tickets left. Since blowing up a couple of years ago, he’s gone from joking about thread counts in bedsheets and making fun of TNT’s drama programs to making spot-on observations about the pitfalls of texting early on in a relationship and how annoying it is that you put all those pictures of your baby on Facebook. Tickets ($47 to $58) are available online. 10 PM.

DANCE: The Roots’ Questlove will put down his drumsticks to take to the deejay booth at the Howard Theatre. Owner of both one of rap’s best afros and one of its most eclectic musical tastes, he’ll play some of his favorite songs, presumably culled from the more than 50,000 vinyl records he owns. Tickets ($17.50) are available online. 11 PM.

THROWBACK: Get jiggy with it at Liv Nightclub’s My So-Called ’90s Party, which features all the music you listen to Friday afternoons at work. Don’t try to pretend like you don’t do it. $5. 10 PM.

Sunday, March 31

BRUNCH: Hey, it’s Easter—the holiday that essentially started brunch. Best Bites Blog has details on 26 spots offering things like bottomless mimosas, multiple courses, and more. Check it out.

DANCE: Easter egg hunting didn’t wear you out? Boulder, Colorado’s Robotic Pirate Monkey (yesssss) is deejaying a show at U Street Music Hall. Bring whatever energy you have left and come prepared to dance. Tickets ($10) are available online. 9 PM.

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