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Where & When: What to Do This Weekend

Oscar bashes! Mardi Gras fests! Plus free concerts, a local blog photography exhibit, free films, and lots more.

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Thursday, February 19: Dining out this weekend for Restaurant Week? Make sure you check out our comprehensive list of what restaurants will be serving—and leave your Restaurant Week stories here.

Del Ray’s FireFlies Restaurant and Bar hosts local rock act US Royalty at 9 PM tonight—for free.

Crystal City may not seem like a fashion mecca, but it’s been hosting some solid events the past couple of years (Artomatic and the James Bond movie series come to mind), and now it’s putting on a couple weeks of fun fashion events. Through this weekend there are DJs, events, runway shows and more at the “Crystal Couture” event. For details and a full schedule of this weekend’s festivities, visit http://www.crystalcity.org.

The hilarious Rob Riggle (he of Daily Show fame, and a former Marine to boot, didja know?) will be doing his stand up thing at Sixth and I Synagogue. 8 PM; tickets are $20.00 in advance or $25.00 the day of the show. You can buy them here.

Friday, February 20: Local city blog DCist.com hosts its popular photo exhibit, DCist Exposed, at Flashpiont Gallery. The show is curated from photos submitted by the blog’s readers and community, and opening night is always a fun time. 5 PM to 9 PM.

Chinatown Irish pub (yes, we realize how silly that sounds) Fado kicks off the Saint Patrick’s “season” a bit early with its “Great Guinness Toast.” Get to the bar around 7 PM for the toast and live music.

It’s Queer Qwiz night this evening at Be Bar. A sample question at the queer-themed trivia night? What Smith professor was rumored to have dated Truman Capote, taught Sylvia Plath and lost his job once his sexual orientation was revealed publicly? Find out at 8 PM.

The Drive-By Truckers hit the 9:30 Club tonight for a two-night stand. Check them out for their blistering live show and Southern rock flair. 8 PM; $25.

Saturday, February 21: Lots of Mardi Gras specials going on today and throughout the weekend and beyond. There are parades, parties, and more; make sure to check out our full guide.

John Columbus, director of the Black Maria film festival, will introduce a selection of experimental shorts and documentaries from the festival’s 2008 judging at the National Gallery of Art at 2. The films, which will screen in the East Building auditorium, include A Horse is Not a Metaphor, Ice Bears of the Beaufort, Five Days in July, and more.

Local fashion blog Panda Head is celebrating the launch of its third issue of Panda Head Magazine at Comet Ping Pong tonight. In addition to the delicious pizza that Comet serves, great local band Laughing Man will be playing, so it’s worth checking the bash out. Free; 9:30 PM.

Sunday, February 22: It’s the Oscars! Have you checked out our list of parties where you can watch?

DC Fashion Week shows off its International Collections Showcase at the Embassy of France tonight. Tickets are $51.50-$151.50; for purchasing info and more details, head here.

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