Thursday, April 3: Studio Theatre just launched a New Vaudeville Festival. Twenty-first-century clowns known as “new vaudevillians” don’t put on silly makeup or wear baggy pants. They owe more to existentialist playwright Samuel Beckett than to the circus, but their acts are funny, even goofy at times. This is good fringe theater. April 1 through 20; tickets are $34 to $57.
Callie Angell, a curator who has devoted her career to studying artist Andy Warhol, discusses the pop icon’s life and work and screens a selection of his early films, with a special emphasis on Sleep, tonight at 8 at the Hirshhorn. The lecture is part of the exhibit “The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image.” Free, but seating is first-come, first-served.
Friday, April 4: One of the best up-and-coming DJs in the country is spinning tonight in an unusual location—Georgetown clothing store the District Line. DJ Tittsworth and Gavin Holland of Nouveau Riche are turning the store into one big party and dance spot—with a great open bar—from 8 to 11 PM. For $20, you get to dance, drink unlimited vodka, beer and Red Bull, and have an all-around great time in a funky space. But get there early—it’s sure to be packed. 1250 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
The postrock indie band Les Savy Fav is renowned for crazily intense—and fun—shows, and DC gets lucky tonight as it plays the Black Cat. Even better? The Dodos, one of our latest favorite bands (it plays dreamy psych-folk-pop), is opening. $15; 9 PM.
The Hirshhorn holds another After Hours party, by now a staple on the museum-party circuit. 8 PM to midnight; get tickets ($10 in advance, $12 at the door) and details here.
Saturday, April 5: Enjoy a popular annual tradition with tonight’s Cherry Blossom Fireworks. The show starts at 8:30 at the Gangplank Marina (600 Water St., SW). Free. More details here.
Trusty Irish pubs the Dubliner and the Irish Times celebrate 75 years of drinking legally with their Prohibition Repeal Block Party this evening. Starting at 6, Budweiser will take over the two places with $3 Budweiser and Bud Light bottle specials. Bonus: The Budweiser horses—you know, those adorable and enormous Clysedale horses—will be hanging outside the bars from 6 to 8 and available for photo ops. Live music takes over at 9. So get out there and celebrate your constitutional right to drink beer. Okay, maybe it’s not constitutional, but it’s just as important, right? 520 N. Capitol St., NW.
The popular local band Georgie James, which plays irresistibly dreamy pop rock, is at the Black Cat tonight at 9; $10. And don’t forget—Friday at 11 AM, Georgie James will do a live chat on Washingtonian.com; submit your questions early here.
Sunday, April 6: We’re dying to check out the whimsical movie I’m a Cyborg, but That’s Okay at the Freer. Part of Korean Film Festival, it tells the love story between two people in a mental institution: a boy who thinks he’s disappearing and a girl who thinks she’s a robot. 2 PM. Free tickets are required; up to two per person will be distributed at the auditorium one hour before showtime.
Continuing with the cherry-blossom festivities, the 355-year-old stone lantern on the Tidal Basin will be lit in a formal ceremony featuring traditional Japanese performers, the Cherry Blossom Princesses, and more. 2:30 PM; Independence Ave. and 17th St., SW.For more posts on nightlife, arts and events, and bars, click here.