Thursday, January 14: Show up decked in plaid at H Street Country Club and you’ll get to play mini-golf for a discounted price (just $4) as part of the restaurant’s Preppy & Plaid night. Get there early enough and you can also take advantage of the happy-hour specials (5 to 7), which include a $5 Pimm’s Cup.
Head to Jammin’ Java in Vienna for its second annual Mid-Atlantic Band Battle. Each night, several bands will play short elimination sets to try to take the title. Tonight you can check out seven bands, all playing 15-minute sets, from 7:30 to 10:45. Keep your eye on Jammin’ Java’s Web site, where there’ll be information about the finals, which are in February. $10.
Friday, January 15: Held at the Washington Convention Center, the International Motorcycle Show includes stunt shows, seminars, vintage-motorcycle displays, vendors, and more. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children ages six to 11; kids under six are free. Online advance-purchase discounts are available. Friday 4 to 9, Saturday 9:30 to 8, Sunday 10 to 5.
It’s Midnight Madness time at the E Street Cinema. Head to the midnight screening of The Never Ending Story at, well, midnight.
Drunken Jenga and Not Dead Yet may be history, but the folks at the Rock & Roll Hotel have come up with another entertaining way to drink yourself stupid: Buzzed Spelling Bee, which is exactly what it sounds like, and it takes place every Friday night. The first 20 people to start a tab in the upstairs bar after 7 are automatically entered in a spelling competition in which each round is preceded by a beer-and-shot combo ($6). First prize is a $60 bar tab.
If you’re itching to dance, go to the Warehouse Loft (a newish space at Fourth St. and New York Ave., Northeast) to catch the Wild North Warehouse Party. Established DJs Gavin Holland and Chris Burns will face off against DJs TJ and Sami Y for a balls-out dance party. 10 PM. $5 until 11:30, $8 after that.
Saturday, January 16: Washingtonians can shape up with NBC’s annual Health and Fitness Expo at the Washington Convention Center. The free event features medical screenings, fitness ideas, local health representatives, and celebrity guests.
If you’re hoping to catch some playoff action this weekend, check out our guide of great bars for football watching.
One of our favorite dance parties is turning two years old tonight. Head to Liv for the second anniversary of Fatback, the monthly funk-and-soul dance party thrown by a collective of local DJs. As they say: no dress code, no cover, just a chance to do it right. 10 PM to 3 AM.
Transformer will host a fun exhibition this evening. DC artists Jessica Cebra and Zach Storm are turning the gallery space into “a snowglobe winter wonderland,” and the event features a ballet performance choreographed by Washington Ballet director Septime Webre. If you want to view the spectacle, head there at 6 (it’s that tiny storefront to the left of the Whole Foods on P Street, Northwest).
Sunday, January 17: Head to Bethesda and Chevy Chase for that area’s smaller (yet slightly more affordable) Restaurant Week, which runs January 15 to 21. More than 30 eateries will offer two-course lunch menus for $12 or $15 and three-course dinners for $25 or $30. To see a list of participating restaurants, click here.
No work on Monday? Looking for some Sunday night fun? DJ Dredd hosts another of his popular Prince dance parties at the Black Cat mainstage tonight. This time there’s a twist—he’s pitting the best of Prince against the best of Outkast. It’s got all the makings of an epic dance party. $13 in advance or $15 at the door. 9 PM.