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Where & When: What to Do This Weekend

A new craft cocktail happy hour, a chocolate-themed happy hour, journalists rocking out, and a, er, pantless Metro ride. All this and more in your deliciously busy weekend nightlife picks.

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Thursday, January 8: Always hunting through thrift stores for that treasure? Can’t get enough of Antique Roadshow? Then you’ll want to head to the Washington Antiques Show, which kicks off today at American University’s Katzen Center and goes through the weekend. Over 40 antiques dealers will be showing off their wares. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Good news, craft cocktail lovers: there’s a new happy hour in town, just for you. Punch Club at the Warehouse Theater is a weekly night of cocktails, held every Thursday, conjured up by bartender Dan Searing of the Looking Glass Lounge. Head over from 6 PM to 11 PM to get your fix.

Looking to add a little, say, spontaniety to your life in 2009? You should check out the free intro to improv workshops that excellent local improv group WIT is holding this weekend. From 7 to 9 PM today and Sunday, the group will be showing you the ropes of how to get up on stage and improvise, hilariously so. Email to request a day and more information.

Free yogurt alert! Free yogurt alert! Head to TangySweet’s Penn Quarter location (675 E Street NW ) from 11 AM to 11 PM today and get some free, sinfully sweet (but sin free) frozen yogurt goodness.

Friday, January 9: The cider happy hour at Equinox has officially switched to a chocolate theme. Creative cocoa-accented cocktails and complimentary snacks will be offered at the bar every Friday through March 20th. The happy hour runs from 5 to 7. Reservations are not required. Call 202-331-8118 or click here for more.

Why are so many journalists in bands? A friend says it’s because both professions “involve a suspension of actually having to mature.” Well, we’re not sure about that, but either way we’re excited for Journopalooza, a battle of media-member-filled bands, tonight at 8 PM. The concert at the National Press Club includes four groups made up of folks from The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, and more. $20; you can get tickets here. All proceeds to go the Committee to Protect Journalists and the National Press Club training programs.

Check out the “My Space on 7th” opening reception and Wine tasting tonight at Touchstone Gallery. The exhibit is unique, as it’s a non-juried and shows off hundreds of works of art by 88 local artists. 6 to 8:30 PM.

The Sackler and Freer Galleries will screen Banana Skin at 7 in the Meyer Auditorium as part of the Iranian Film Festival. Directed by Ali Atshani, the comedy follows Hamid, a workaholic, who finally finds time to enjoy life after a freak accident. Tickets are distributed one hour before showtime.

Saturday, January 10: We bet your resolution for 2009 probably wasn’t “go pantsless  more often.” But, just in case it was, we wanted to alert you to the No Pants Subway Ride taking place this Saturday on a Metro line near you. The concept is pretty much what it sounds like: groups of people riding around Metro in their underwear. Despite that fact, it’s pretty much just a good wholesome lark. If you want to attend, meet up Hancock Park outside of the L’Enfant Metro Stop at 3 PM. More info can be found here.

The National Postal Museum will show two films in its Discovery Center today: Jezebel and Hallelujah. Jezebel, a Southern drama released in 1938, plays at 1. The film’s stars, Bette Davis and Henry Fonda, were both recently featured on US stamps. Hallelujah, the feature of a recent vintage black cinema stamp, plays at 4. The 1929 film was one of the first major studio works to use an all-black cast.

Big bike fan? Then you’ll be wanting to head to the Washington Convention Center today, where the International Motorcycle Show is going on. There will be everything from big Harley hogs to high-gas-mileage scooters. 9:30 AM to 8 PM (5 PM on Sunday); tickets are $13-$20 and can be purchased here.

Sunday, January 11: Today is the last chance you’ll have to check out the Panza Collection at the Hirshhorn. It’s full of conceptual, minimal, and environmental art from the 1960s and ’70s. The paintings, sculpture, and installations by Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, and others belonged to Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo before being acquired by the Hirshhorn. The Hirshhorn is open daily from 10 to 5:30.

Why not catching a Sunday showing of Les Misérables at Signature Theatre, which has been getting fantastic reviews (including from our own critic, who calls it “a terrific musical [taken] to stunning new heights.”) 2 and 7 PM; $65-$87. Buy tickets here.

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