Things to Do

Where & When: What To Do This Weekend

Nightlife at the Hirshhorn, shopping and cocktail events, and the best place to scout for your Halloween costume are in this weekend's picks.

Thursday, October 4: The Blow puts out lighthearted, sexy, and sparse indie electronic tunes—and lead singer Khaela Maricich is a charmer as well. The Blow will bring its show to the Black Cat (1811 14th St., NW; 202-6677960) tonight, with Saturday Looks Good to Me. 8 PM; $12.

If you like to mix your shopping, socializing, and cocktail sipping, then head to Georgetown for the Autumn Bash at Sugar (1633 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-5331). Beth Bowley will be doing a trunk show, plus there will be 25-percent discounts on fall clothing and Champagne for all. 5 to 9 PM.

Friday, October 5: The Hirshhorn Museum (Seventh St. and Independence Ave., SW; 202-633-1000) continues its super-successful After Hours events this evening. The popular event mixes visual and musical elements, with a dash of cocktails on top. Check out the new Morris Louis exhibit; listen to DJs and local rock band Fool of Horses; visit the Outsider Art space to stain your own canvas tote bags. But get your tickets now—based on past Hirshhorn events, this one will sell out before you know it. $10 in advance; 8 PM to midnight. Purchase tickets here.

Head to the 9:30 Club for some great music and a great cause tonight. Tons of local bands will be playing to benefit the DC public-library system—Vandaveer, These United States, ESL DJs Will Griffin & Stone, and more. 7:30; $20. Click here for details.
Saturday, October 6: Desperate for a better Halloween costume this year than the old bedsheet you threw over yourself last Halloween? Check out the Arena Stage Sale from 9 AM to 3 PM. The theater will be selling costumes from productions from the past year and beyond. The sale is cash only, so make sure to hit the ATM beforehand. The even takes place at Arena’s Community Engagement Studio at 1901 14th Street, Northwest.

Art? International food? Live music? A pie-baking content? It’ll all be at the Art on the Avenue festival as Alexandria’s Potomac West neighborhood celebrates the arts. 10 AM to 6 PM; free. Mount Vernon Avenue between Bellefonte and Stewart avenues.

Sunday, October 7
: I absolutely fell in love with Gigi Favela’s designer heels when I saw them featured a few months ago at the Unsung Designers Boutique. See for yourself when Favela does a Fall Trunk Show at 3206 M Street, Northwest, today from noon until 5. Even better, 10 percent of sales will benefit Dress for Success. And if you bring an item of interivew-appropriate clothing in good condition to donate, you’ll get 10 percent off your purchase.

You may know her best as quirky Chloe on the TV show 24, but actress Mary Lynn Rajskub is also a rather hysterical singing and songwriting comedian. Check out her show tonight at the Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria) at 7:30. $25; get tickets here.

Go green at this weekend’s DC Green Festival at the Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Pl., NW). Your $15 admission gets you access to lots of seminars, lectures, and experts on green practices. Plus there’ll be a stage featuring organic wine, beer, and cuisine. 11 AM to 6 PM.