Thursday, September 26
WORDS: Because Buzzfeed and Time cover stories aren’t enough, a group of local writers and editors set up The Intentional, a quarterly magazine focused on issues millennials are facing. The second issue, which focuses on “outsiders and misfits,” launches tonight at Petworth’s Chez Billy. Your ticket includes a copy of the mag, and there’ll be live music, an art exhibit, screen-printing, and treats from the Milk Cult food truck. Tickets ($15) are available online. 7 PM.
TIKI: It’s time to put away the tiki torches and hula skirts, but not after one last celebration of summer. From the looks of it, the weather will be perfect for Jack Rose’s last tiki happy hour of the season. As usual, get on the rooftop for half-price fresh juice cocktails, including Zombies, Tijuana Tikis (with tequila and ginger beer), and Blackheart’s Punch (rum, cinnamon syrup, and lime juice). Free. 5 to 10 PM.
TV: Who knows if Michael J. Fox’s new show will be any good—but you can at least give him the benefit of the doubt while supporting a good cause at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street. There, Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research hosts a premiere of the show: Entry includes all-you-can-eat food, a drink, and $20 off your Uber ride home. Food will be provided by Luke’s Lobster, Shake Shack, Georgetown Cupcake, and Gordon Biersch. Tickets ($25) are available online. 6:30 PM.
Friday, September 27
WINE: Wine Riot promises to be “educational,” but few things with the words “wine” and “riot” are. It should be fun, though: Head over to the kinda-exclusive Sphinx Club to sample more than 250 different wines from around the world. Experts will be on hand to teach you about the wines, but you might end up spending more time on the dance floor or in the photo booths with your friends. Tickets ($60) are available online. 7 PM.
FILM: DC Shorts is finishing up, but not before the cream has risen to the top: Best of DC Shorts puts 18 audience- and critic-chosen flicks at the same screening (okay, two screenings of nine shorts). You can see them all this weekend at various places, including VisArts in Rockville, the new Angelika, Atlas Arts Center, and the Anacostia Arts Center. Tickets ($12) are available online. 7:30 and 9:30 PM (also Saturday and Sunday).
COMEDY: The 23rd rendition of Wonderland’s Don’t Block the Box comedy show is this weekend. As usual, it’s one of the city’s best bargains: $3 for four comics. This week, Mike Finazzo, who has appeared on 98 Rock and DC Improv, and just released his first album, will headline. $3. 7:30 PM.
Saturday, September 28
FESTIVAL: The SW ArtsFest is back by the waterfront this year. As in the past two years, it’ll feature walking tours of the area, a flea market, arts vendors, a concert, performance art, face-painting, and film screenings. Free. 9 AM until dark.
DANCE: In the past couple of years, DC has lost Liberation Dance Party and a few other dance standbys, so it’s nice to see that Bliss is still going strong. Will Eastman celebrates 13 years of the dance night at his U Street Music Hall with the release of his new EP. Deejays from London, San Fran, and Huntington Beach will also perform. Free before 11 for 21 and up; $10 after. 10 PM.
MUSIC: After years of being a so-so festival, especially when it toured, Rock the Bells is bringing it this year. Anyone who is up-and-coming in the hip-hop game performs at RFK this weekend, including ASAP Rocky, Big Sean, Action Bronson, Chief Keef, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Juicy J, Pusha T, Wale, Kid Cudi, Tyler the Creator, and Earl Sweatshirt. Legends and established acts like Wu-Tang, Jurassic 5, Currensy, Bone Thugs, and Immortaltechnique also perform. Tickets (starting at $128) are available online. 10 AM (also Sunday).
Sunday, September 29
FESTIVAL: For the 11th year, the Turkish Festival takes over Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 14th streets. There’ll be fortune-telling workshops, a bazaar (it sounds so much cooler than a “market”), Turkish food and music, Turkish coffee, and screenings of Turkish movies in the area. Free. 11 to 7.
FILM: It’s rare you can bring the kids to a film festival, but DC Shorts is putting all its family-friendly films together. Check out nine films from the US, Russia, Canada, the UK, and Australia that the kids will love. Free. See the website for showtimes (both Saturday and Sunday).
MORE FILM: As DC Shorts ends, the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival steps in to fill its shoes. The festival opens at the Goethe-Institut with a screening of When I Saw You, which won Best Asian Film at the Berlin International Film Festival. It takes place in Jordan in 1967 as thousands of refugees seek to leave war-torn Palestine, and follows the refugees seeking to put their lives back together. Tickets ($8) are available online. 7 PM.
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