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Where & When: What to Do This Weekend
A fashion show, comedy’s next big thing, the world’s best wildlife photography, and a French dance party
FASHION: The third installment of Fashion:District takes to the runway at Longview Gallery. The party includes a full-length runway show and a chance to get the goods yourself at pop-up shops from Ginger Root Design, Hugh & Crye, Artaya, and more. 7 PM. Purchase tickets ($25, includes one drink; or $50 for open bar) at EventBrite; proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
JEWELRY: Peruvian jewelry designer Evelyn Brooks’s latest collection, “Unforgettable Nature,” is on display tonight during a trunk show at the National Building Museum. She incorporates elements from indigenous Peruvian cultures, high fashion, and modern art into her pieces, which also contain huayruro seeds, a symbol of good luck. By donation; through April 17.
TALK: Global Africa is a series of talks with emerging African artists—the latest installation is a conversation between Kehinde Wiley and Victor Ekpuk. Wiley has three works in the National Portrait Gallery, and his most recent series, “World-Stage: Lagos-Dakar,” focuses on the African soccer stars from the 2010 World Cup. At the National Museum of the American Indian; 7 PM. Free.
MUSIC: R&B singer Angie Stone is probably best known for her 2007 hit “Baby.” Hear her sing live at the Park at 14th, where she’s performing during the 5 to 8 happy hour. No cover.
Friday, April 15
DRINKS: Head to Meridian Pint for a taste from DC’s new brewery, DC Brau. The owners are debuting their Public Pale Ale for $4 from 5 to 8 and $5 after that. No cover.
DANCE: Get free tango lessons and catch a performance from the masters of Argentina’s national dance at the Eastern Market building (225 Seventh St., SE). Finish the night at a dance party with DJ Nicholas Legat and an interactive art installation. 6 to 8; free.
FILM: Catch the Korean horror flick Possessed at the Freer Gallery at 7. Free. It’s part of the Korean Film Festival, running through June 8, and showing both Korean blockbusters and indie films. For a complete schedule, visit the Smithsonian’s Web site.
PARTY: The Black Cat’s Close to the Edge dance party is tonight, with a mix of hip-hop and dance beats from DJ Dredd and Grap Luva. 9:30; $7 at the door. Or head to Dahlak Restaurant (1771 U St., NW) for the Kids in America New Wave Dance Party, featuring the sounds of Duran Duran and Human League; there’ll be $4 beers. 10 PM; no cover.
COMEDY: See the next star of Saturday Night Live at Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse. Jay Pharoah’s collection of dead-on impressions includes Denzel Washington and Will Smith. 9:55; buy tickets ($24.75) at the venue’s site.
Saturday, April 16
PHOTOGRAPHY: See the world’s best nature photos—from sea turtles swimming in Hawaii to springboks leaping in South Africa to penguins waddling in Antarctica—at the Museum of Natural History’s “Nature’s Best Photography/Windland Smith Rice Awards.” Free; through September 25.
FESTIVAL: National Geographic is hosting DC I AM: An Emancipation Day Celebration, commemorating the signing of the DC Compensated Emancipation Act, which abolished slavery in the District in 1862. The day’s events include a reading of the declaration from local kids, performances from gospel choirs and a percussion orchestra, and a panel discussion from noted history scholars. 10 to 4; free.
MUSIC: Spend a day at the Bluegrass Festival at Langley High School in McLean. Featured performances include the Gibson Brothers and Claire Lynch Band. 1 to 10; get tickets ($35) and see a complete schedule at the DC Bluegrass Fest Web site.
FOOD: It’s all-you-can-eat oysters at Hank’s Oyster Fest. There’ll be plenty of raw oysters on the half shell, or try them fried or barbecued. Wash it down with a selection of craft beers. 11 to 3 at Hank’s DC and Hank’s Old Town. Call 202-462-4265 or 703-739-4265 to purchase tickets ($75).
PARTY: Discotheque, sponsored by the Alliançe Française and the Smithsonian Residents Associates, features the beats of the Toxic Avenger. The DJ is known for his electro-dance remixes (he’s a big fan of Kylie Minogue and the Smiths). 9 PM to 1 AM at the National Postal Museum. Buy tickets ($35, includes two drinks) at the Smithsonian’s site.
Sunday, April 17
BOOKS: It’s the last day of the weekend’s Bethesda Literary Festival, featuring readings and discussions from Cokie and Steve Roberts, Michele Norris, and others. There’s also a poetry competition and writing contest for youth and adults. For a complete schedule, visit bethesda.org. All events are free.
DANCE: Deborah Riley Dance Projects is performing “Chew on This,” which uses dance and movement to explore food-related issues such as eating disorders and vegetarianism. 7 PM. At Dance Place, also April 16 at 8. Tickets are $22 at the Dance Place site.
ART: “Gabriel Metsu 1629-1667” is opening at the National Gallery’s East Building, with 35 works spanning the career of the lauded 17th-century Dutch painter. Through July 24; free.