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Where & When: What to Do This Weekend
French dance music, vintage threads, cultural celebrations, and a lot of street art By Laura McKenzie
Comments () | Published February 16, 2011
Thursday, February 17
Project Brand New, a celebration of independent Irish theater, is returning to Washington. The three-night festival at Flashpoint  includes My Life in Dresses by Sorcha Kenny—which details the stories of vintage men and women’s clothing—and My Body Travels, which explores Matthew P. Morris’s transformation from he to she. The festival culminates in a performance by Live Art Electro Trash Band on Saturday. Get the complete schedule and tickets ($15) at EventBrite.

Roger Gastman has created street art and graffiti all his life, published two underground culture magazines, curated an exhibit at Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and was featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop. He’s discussing all this as well as the history of DC’s street art, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. 7 PM; get tickets ($15) at the Corcoran’s Web site.

Busboys and Poets’ Arlington location is hosting the band Melodime, whose sound is a mix of rock, blues, and country. During the performance—part of the monthly Sonic Fermentation series—listeners can enjoy $4 Magic Hat beers. 8 PM; $5 cover.

Friday, February 18
Catch the pop-rock group Rooney at the Rock & Roll Hotel with Eisley as the opening act. 7 PM; get tickets ($16) at Ticket Alternative or $18 at the door.

The fast and furious 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes, from Australia’s Circa troupe, features acrobats, clowns, animals, and more. At the Kennedy Center through February 20; buy tickets ($18) at the Kennedy Center’s Web site.

Enjoy African beer and Brazilian cocktails while dancing to Afro-Brazilian music and taking in the exhibits at the National Museum of African Art. Tonight’s Africa Underground event aims to highlight the current mixed-media works of South Africa’s Sandile Zulu and Brazil’s Henrique Oliveira, part of “Artists in Dialogue 2.” Buy tickets ($18) through the museum’s site or at the door ($20).

Saturday, February 19
The guys and gals of Butler + Claypool combine style, design, and retail in their Etsy shop, which specializes in fun vintage finds. Now they’re bringing the shop offline for a preview event at American Ice Company. Browse clothes, jewelry, home goods, and more while sipping hot toddies and listening to music. 11 to 4; no cover.

Dance to music of the très chic DJ duo Make the Girl Dance at Napoleon Bistro. The pair is known for its catchy electro-house pop beats and sexy music videos. 11 PM; purchase tickets ($20) at the Alliance Française Web site.

Another option for your weekend dance party is the Black Cat’s Mixtape, with DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer. 9:30; buy tickets ($7) at Ticket Alternative.

“Potomac Arts Academy: A Musical Celebration of Black History Month” features performances from the George Mason University Wind Symphony and vocal-studies students. Stop by a little early to view an art show by local students. At the Hylton Performing Arts Center; get tickets ($10) at Tickets.com. 10 AM.

Sunday, February 20
Anaïs Mitchell created an acclaimed “folk opera” based on the Orpheus myth. Set in a combination of Depression-era America and a postapocalyptic world, Hadestown is making its Washington debut at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 PM; buy tickets ($18) at the door.

Take a trip through the canals of Venice without leaving Washington at “Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals,” opening today at the National Gallery of Art. The exhibit shows the various artistic interpretations of the famed Italian city. Through May 30.

It’s the last day to view MUTO by BLU at Artisphere. The works, a surreal cross between animation and street art, have been painted on walls in cities around the world. No cover.

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