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Where & When: What to Do This Weekend

Haiti benefits galore, a “Jersey Shore” season finale party, precious pretty pop in concert, and lots more this weekend.

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Thursday, January 21: Every third Thursday of the month, the intersection of Ninth and U streets, Northwest, becomes the center of serious bar-hopping action. Purchase a $3 wristband at Nellie’s, DC9, or Town, and you’ll be granted a free snack at Nellie’s, a free drink at DC9, and a free drink and admission at Town. The offer runs all night.

Get your final minutes of Jersey glory in tonight when Tabaq hosts a Jersey Shore season-finale-viewing and dance party. Five-dollar cocktails such as the Ron Ron Juice will be served along with other drink specials. Doors open at 9; the show starts at 10, and the dance party follows. Free.

The District Collective hosts a concert and party at Midtown Loft, with all proceeds going to Haiti earthquake relief. Tickets are $10 at the door. The event will feature music from Lucky Dub, the Method, East Coast Caravan, and more. 6 PM.

Another Haiti-relief benefit is taking place tonight, this time at Town Tavern in Adams Morgan. Hosted by Society of Healthcare Young Professionals, it features beer pong and flip-cup tournaments. The price of entry is $15 for teams; e-mail to sign up. 6:30 to 11.

Precious pretty pop is what you’ll get from indie darlings du jour Freelance Whales. They’re playing the Black Cat backstage tonight, and we’re pretty sure this show will sell out, given the amount of buzz around the band. $10 in advance, $12 at door; get tickets here. Doors at 8:30 pm.
Friday, January 22: Head to Local 16 tonight for another Haiti fundraiser. Your $25 entry actually gets you quite a lot—free beer and Absolut and Jameson cocktails from 6:30 to 8, free finger food, and the knowledge that 100 percent of the $25 goes to Oxfam America’s Haitian-relief efforts. More info here.

The area is really doing us proud this weekend with tons of Haiti benefits. Another option tonight is Iota’s fundraising concert. Brother Shamus, Tom McBride, Taylor Carson, the Walkaways, No Second Troy, and lots more will perform. Proceeds go to the Red Cross. 8 PM; entry by donation of whatever you feel like. But give big.

Head to the Warehouse Loft (411 New York Avenue, NE) for the Our World Our People Haiti Benefit featuring Tabi Bonney and many more. The entry fee is just $5, and all proceeds are going to the Red Cross’s efforts in Haiti.
Saturday, January 23: Today is Free Yoga Day! Hit the mat and work out those kinks. Get class listings and more here.

The Richmond-based band Bio Ritmo makes its way up to the Rock and Roll Hotel tonight. The group’s musical mix of salsa, electronica, and big band is sure to make for a danceable show and an enjoyable evening. At the very least, it should be interesting to see how the nine-member band fits onto the stage. $10; 8:30 PM.

The Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture celebrates the 75th birthday of the King with an all-day Elvis Presley event. Included in the program are curator-led tours of Elvis exhibits, Elvis-tribute performances, a discussion and book signing with the author of Elvis: My Best Man, and a screening of Elvis’s film Viva Las Vegas. The events begin at 11:30.

Sunday, January 24: As of this moment, Sunday is the only night with tickets still available for Thievery Corporation’s approximately 260-night stand at the 9:30 Club. Get on that! 8 PM doors; $40. Get tickets here.

Another Haiti benefit to wind up your weekend: Head to Funkin’ 4 Haiti at Modern to see some of DC’s best DJs spin their stuff to raise money for the earthquake relief. Minimum $10 donation suggested. 9 PM.

Are you a bride-to-be? Then you’ll want to head to Unveiled, Washingtonian Bride & Groom’s ultimate wedding expo. Get more info and tickets here.