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What to Do This Weekend: September 12 to 15

Check out tons of free fun, from art openings to dance parties and more.

Head to Artisphere for the opening reception of “Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds” Thursday night. Photograph courtesy of Artisphere.

Thursday, September 12

ART: Andy Warhol made 150 “Silver Clouds” back in the day, and they’ve floated their way to DC for the first time. They’ll be on display at Artisphere until mid-October, but you can check out the opening reception tonight. Artisphere’s openings generally include live music, beer, and lots of people to discuss the master of pop art with. Free. 7:30 PM. For more art shows and events this month, check out our roundup of Editor’s Picks.

HAPPY HOUR: Listen Local First, Metro Music Source, and a couple of other local organizations have been working hard to launch Fair Trade Music in DC, a group that makes sure artists get paid (closer to) what they’re worth when they sell music or perform a show. They celebrate their launch tonight at H Street’s Big Board with a happy hour: You’ll be able to meet with the people behind the initiative, talk with musicians, and grab one of Big Board’s many craft beers on draft. Free. 6 PM.

FILM: Northeast’s Hole in the Sky art space is celebrating the end of summer with a screening of Point Break, a movie that somehow combines Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, surfing, a string of bank robberies, and most of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The event is BYOB. Free. 9 PM.

Friday, September 13

ART: Head over to the American Art Museum around happy hour time for a special edition of Drawing at Dusk. Even if you can’t sketch worth a lick, local artist Mariah Anne Johnson will whip you into shape in no time—you’ll go home with something that’s at least passable. No drawing skills are necessary to participate, and materials are provided. Free. 5:30 PM.

COMEDY: Adams Morgan’s Heaven and Hell is usually a disaster of drunken barely-twentysomethings, but if you get there early Friday night, you can check out the weekly Silver City Comedy Show, featuring several new standups each week. Get out before the rush of college kids unless you’re looking for a wild night. Free. 8 PM.

DANCE: So much of deejaying these days consists of a guy going on stage and pressing “play” on his Macbook. But there are still purists out there: At 9:30 Club’s Backbar this weekend, Chris Burns and Mr. Bonkerz spin vinyl—and only vinyl—all night. Expect disco and house classics, none of this newfangled dubstep stuff. Free. 11 PM.

MORE DANCE: All of the official Black Cat 20th-anniversary parties are sold out, but you can still be a part of the action. Head to the back bar for Party Lights, a night of songs by ’60s girl groups, garage bands, and soul singers. Free. 10 PM.

Saturday, September 14

BOXING: The world’s best boxer, Floyd Mayweather (it looks like Manny Pacquiao has lost a step, even if Mayweather refused to ever fight him) returns to the ring against Canelo Alvarez. If you don’t feel like pay-per-viewing the fight, head over to Penn Social, where you can watch it on more than ten HD projection screens among other boxing fans. After the fight, a deejay will take over the proceedings. The bar’s normal 30-plus draft beer selection will be available. Tickets ($20) are available online. 8:30 PM.

MUSIC: It’s not Halloween yet, but four local bands are playing dress-up a month early at Iota for its Classic Albums night. They’ll re-create the sound of classic albums from 1983, including R.E.M.’s Murmur, Genesis’s Genesis, and Bob Marley’s Confrontation. Now you just have to remember what they wore in the early 1980s—was big hair already a thing by then? $12. 8 PM.

COMEDY: Wonderland Ballroom hosts the Pink Collar Comedy Tour, featuring comedians from all over the country as they travel around raising money to help put an end to domestic violence. The lineup includes Erin Judge, who has been on Comedy Central, Abbi Crutchfield, who has been on VH1 and MTV, and the tour’s founder, Kaytlin Bailey. Proceeds will benefit My Sister’s Place. Tickets ($15) are available online. 7 PM.

MUSIC: It’s been a good run, but Hill Country and the National Building Museum are finally calling it quits on summer. The last night of the backyard barbecue features Crushed Out, a soul, garage, and plain ol’ rock-and-roll group from Brooklyn. Add some pulled pork, and you have the perfect way to say goodbye to the season. Free. Noon; music begins at 5:30.

Sunday, September 15

FILM: Head back to Iota to catch the Redskins game at 1 PM and stick around ’til 6:30 to see Ben Stiller play the prettiest man on earth in Zoolander. The movie will be projected for free on only the classiest of bedsheets. Free. 6:30 and 8:30 PM (movie).

DANCE: Art Soiree has somehow already been around for four years. Celebrate its anniversary with a free gala at a place that’s only existed for a couple months, Malmaison. Art Soiree is known for showcasing unexpected musicians and artists, and it’s keeping us guessing with a full-on Sunday night rager, featuring music from deejay Adrian Loving. Hope you’ve got an easy Monday planned. Free. 8 PM.

FANCY HOUSES: Ever drive by the houses in Kalorama and think, “Wow, I’d love to check those out”? (No? Not fancy enough to have a car? Me either.) The Woodrow Wilson House is hosting its 28th annual Kalorama House and Embassy Tour: Check out the Portuguese and Austrian ambassadors’ residences and the Embassy of Slovenia, and see how DC’s dignitaries live. The tour includes a map that tells you a bit about the history of each house. For $40 extra, you can get a tour and brunch at the Mansion on O Street. Tickets ($35 or $75 with brunch) are available online. Noon.

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