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Our Pick for the Week: Music and Comedy Festivals Take Over DC

Two great local festivals get started Thursday evening. First is dccomedyfest, featuring local and national standup comedians and other comedy acts. We interviewed founder Blaire Postman about her thoughts on why DC’s getting funnier. For a schedule of dccomedyfest events, click here. My recommendation? The official Late Night with David Letterman auditions. You can see some of the best under-the-radar standup comedians sweating it while Letterman bookers determine if they’re funny enough to be on the show.

Then there’s the Six Points Music Festival, which kicks off today Thursday and runs through April 21. Highlighting some of the area’s finest local bands, the festival takes place in venues all over DC and Northern Virginia. I’ll make sure to catch the Middle Distance Runner and These United States show at Iota on April 20, as well as Gist, The Alphabetical Order, and Lemonface at the Rock N Roll Lounge on April 14. The full lineup is right here.

These festivals are just one of our picks for events happening around town this week. For even more fun times and entertainment, including groundbreaking French films and the hippest literary reading in town, check out Where & When Weekly, our regular column on the best of what's going on around town this week.