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What to Do This Weekend: May 31 to June 3

Live band karaoke, bar games, and all that jazz (literally).

Cannonball into Brightest young Things’ first pool party of the year this Saturday. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user bratha.

Thursday, May 31

BENEFIT: Madam’s Organ is hosting a charity happy hour to support Thrive DC, which works to end homelessness in the city. Five bucks gets you a raffle ticket, admission, and drink specials—the bar will be giving out prizes all night. Tickets ($5) are available online. 5 PM.

LEFT-LEANING KARAOKE: No matter what your political leanings are, live band karaoke is the hope and change I think we can all agree on. Public Bar is hosting a Barack Obama “Let’s Stay Together” benefit. Local karaoke band Northeast Corridor will help the crowd through more than 100 songs as you help another’s presidential hopes. Admission is $25. 7 PM.

NERD PARTY: Bier Baron Tavern hosts Thirst, a night for all you social media mavens and other nerdy folks to catch up on stuff that’s important to you. Simon Owens will give a talk about why introverts are more extroverted than you think (probably because they’re all Twitter loudmouths), Kate Warren teaches you how to dress, and Matthew Francis espouses on the universe. Oh yeah, and there will be beer. Tickets ($20) are available online. 7 PM.

Friday, June 1

JAZZ: After a super-long hiatus that randomly coincided with winter, Jazz in the Garden is back, which is good news for people interested in free-yet-classy date spots. Friday, the Sculpture Garden hosts the Deanna Bogart Band, a local R&B, jazz, and blues band. Free. 5 PM.

ART: The National Center for Children & Families is hosting a youth art fair and a charity auction Friday night. The fair, in Downtown Silver Spring, will show off some of the finest works from up-and-coming young artists. The Art & Soul Charity Auction will feature artwork and other donated items, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Proceeds benefit the NCCF.

Youth Art Fair: Free, 5 PM.

Auction: $50, 7 PM.

LOTS MORE JAZZ: In case you missed out at the Sculpture Garden (and it can fill up fast), the DC Jazz Fest starts today. Until June 10, you can see live jazz at essentially any hour anywhere in the city. On Friday, no fewer than 20 jazz bands play throughout the city—notable night spots include Black Fox Lounge, the Hamilton, the Dunes, Eighteenth Street Lounge, and more. Check the website for more information.

Saturday, June 2

We know you had too much fun last weekend, but it’s time to ramp it back up because Saturday is jam-packed with events all day.

POOL PARTY: Brightest Young Things is throwing its first big pool party of the year, and it always has the best. The theme for this first one is simple—hipster—so you should be in your element. Capitol Skyline Hotel’s pool will host all sorts of deejays, pool games, drinks, rafts, and all the better-than-thou stares you can handle. $15. 11 AM to 7 PM.

FOOD: The best restaurants in the neighborhood come together for Taste of Georgetown, where you can sample all sorts of food, wine, and “ale,” which is what they call beer in Georgetown. More than 30 restaurants will be on hand, including Bodega, Sequoia, Clyde’s, Paolo’s, and, yes, Georgetown Cupcake. $20 for five tastes and $10 for three wine or ale tastes. 11 AM to 4 PM.

$20 gets you five tastes, $10 gets 3 wine or ale tastes.

GAMES: Hope you like games and supporting good causes, because there’re a lot this weekend. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting a beer pong tournament at RFD, with the winner taking home $300 cash and some mild liver damage. Mackey’s, meanwhile, is hosting a Taboo tournament at 5:30 and a flip cup tournament immediately after.

Beer Pong: 4 PM, $40

Taboo: 5:30 PM, $12

Flip Cup: 9 PM, $12

SOUNDS: DC Listening Lounge is normally held at an undisclosed location every month, but once a year they pull out all the stops for Sound Scene, an interactive audio event (this time at the Goethe-Institut) where you get to hear the terrible cacophony of sounds from your workday commute on the weekend. Just kidding, sort of—you’ll also get to hear birds chirping, live music, and other artfully arranged sounds. Tickets ($7) are available online. 7 PM.

MASHUPS: The Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries are hosting Asia After Dark: Afro-Asiatic Mash-Up, which really just means an awesome party involving dancing, hip-hop music, traditional and nontraditional Japanese and African dancing, fusion food, specialty cocktails, and a little bit of various African and Asian art, dance, and culture. Suggested attire is “Japanese fashion meets hip-hop vogue,” so hope you’ve got the perfect piece in your wardrobe. Tickets ($25) include one drink and are available online. 8 PM.

Sunday, June 3

FOOD: After all those games last night, you’re probably exhausted. Recharge at the National Gallery of Art, where José Andrés has created Garden Cafe Catalonia, where he’ll be serving up traditional Catalan fare. Brunch starts at noon; see you there. $20.25 for buffet. Noon to 4 PM.

TRASH2TREASURE: Scrap DC is a nonprofit organization that tries to repurpose trash and scraps into something useful, and to inspire others to do the same. Like the name suggests, it’s a scrappy org and is trying to make rent, so it’s holding a benefit event Sunday afternoon. You’ll hit up three locations in Bloomingdale, where you’ll learn to make cool arts and crafts and eat dinner made from reused food (just kidding). Tickets ($30) are available online. 5 PM.

Know of something cool to do around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at or tweet him at @jason_koebler.

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