Where & When: What to Do This Weekend

Ready for the weekend? We sure are. Check out an indie film festival or a local photography opening. How about Missy Elliot in concert or the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour? And don’t forget—it’s the last weekend for ice skating at the National Gallery of Art’s

Thursday, March 6: Who needs Sundance? The DC Independent Film Festival, a showcase for indie films, brings more than 100 movies from around the world to Washington tonight through March 16. All screenings take place in the Jack Morton Auditorium at George Washington University. Click here for schedules and films.

The premise behind the Pecha Kucha event tonight at the Czech Embassy is simple: It’s meant to be a space where creative people can get together to talk about creative things. Young designers and artists present their work (each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds to keep the pace moving), while others watch and mingle. A $10 donation is suggested; things get started at 7. 3900 Spring of Freedom La., NW.

Friday, March 7: If you’re a coffee lover and have a free morning, head over to Counter Culture’s DC Regional Training Center (1836 Columbia Rd., NW, Suite 202), where reigning United Kingdom and world barista champion James Hoffmann is chatting from 10 to 11:30 AM. Later, at 7, he’ll do a food-and-coffee pairing presentation as well as talk about prepping for barista competitions. Events are free; RSVP to rjensen@counterculturecoffee.com.
DCist Exposed” returns! The local blog DCist’s second annual photography show gives local amateur photographers from the photo-sharing site Flickr a chance to show off their stuff. The opening reception is tonight at 7PM at Civilian Art Projects (406 Seventh St., NW, third floor). Prints will available for purchase.

Missy Elliot plays Ibiza tonight—and it’s only $20 to get in. 9 PM; purchase tickets here.

Saturday, March 8: “Evil” can be funny. That’s what four comedians of Middle Eastern descent are proving with their Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which hits the Warner Theatre (13th and E sts., NW) tonight at 7. Ahmed Ahmed, Aron Kader, Maz Jobrani, and Dean Obeidallah do their best to make you laugh about culturally and politically relevant news. Tickets($37-$42) can be purchased here.

Book lovers will want to head to this weekend’s Washington Antiquarian Book Fair at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn (1900 N. Fort Myer Dr.). Collectors from around the world will be selling rare and antiquarian books plus maps, prints, drawings, and more. Entrance is $7 today, and the fair goes from 10 to 5.

We’ve recommended it before, and we’ll do it again: Make sure to catch local band Jukebox the Ghost when it plays tonight at the Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St., NE; 202-388-ROCK). If you like upbeat, catchy, piano-based rock, then this band will be right up your alley, and its show will leave you grinning and bopping. $10; 8 PM.

Sunday, March 9: Today is the last day the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice-Skating Rink will be open. If you haven’t gotten your skating jollies in this winter, do it now. Sunday hours are 11 to 6; skating costs $7; ice-skate rental is $3. Seventh St. and Constitution Ave., NW

Head to the new 14th Street spot Marvin for the Sunday brunch with DJs Eric Moss and Oliver Whitney, who host Sunday School, an afternoon of ’70s funk, reggae, and more. Noon to 6.Did we miss something super fun going on this weekend? Tell us what your weekend plans are in the comments.

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