Things to Do

Ten Under $10

Get wedding tips from the Fashion Police, learn all about Nollywood, and watch a lesbian beauty pageant.

1. With more impending snow, it might not seem like spring is right around the corner, but here’s a sign that warmer times are coming: Thursday, the public can vie for tickets to the popular White House Easter Egg Roll. The free event, with the theme Ready, Set, Go!, promotes health and wellness and takes place on April 5. To enter the online ticket lottery (limit one ticket per person), click here.

2. Spend an evening with Washington Post reporters Michelle Singletary, DeNeen Brown, Lisa Frazier, Lonnae O’Neal Parker, Michael Fletcher, Kevin Merida, and Robert E. Pierre as the newspaper hosts a panel and book signing in honor of Black History Month Thursday from 6 to 7:30. The doors open at 5:30, and participants must RSVP in advance. Tickets ($10) can be purchased here or by calling 202-334-7969.

3. The National Museum of Women in the Arts opens its doors to a slew of celebrities and wedding enthusiasts Thursday for’s National Launch Party from 6 to 9. Host Steve Kemble (a member of Us Weekly’s Fashion Police) teams up with celebrity cake artist Ron Ben-Israel, Bride Guide editor-in-chief Diane Forden, and others for a night of cocktails, cuisine, celebrity meet-and-greets, and a silent auction benefiting Children’s National Medical Center. To RSVP for the free event, click here.

4. You’ve heard of Hollywood and Bollywood, but what about Nollywood? Nigeria’s film industry is one of the fastest-growing in the world. Join director Kunle Afolayam at the National Museum of African Art for a screening of his Nollywood film Figurine—about a pair of friends who stumble on a mysterious object in a field that changes their lives forever—Thursday at 7. After the film, Afolayam will lead a discussion about the history of Nollywood. For more information on this free event, click here.

5. If a martini and a makeover are your idea of a good time, you’ll want to make your way to BlackFinn (4901 Fairmont Ave.) in Bethesda Friday. Between 6 and 9, the restaurant is offering $5 martini specials, complimentary appetizers, and gifts from vendors in health, beauty, and fashion every 20 minutes. To RSVP for the free event, call 301-951-5681 or e-mail Sara Duani at

6. Foreign-film enthusiasts should plant themselves at the National Geographic Society this weekend, as the Academy of Arts & Sciences presents the five films nominated for the Academy Award for best foreign-launguage film a week before the Oscars. Tickets for each (El Secreto de Sus Ojos, Ajami, The White Ribbon, Un Prophete, and The Milk of Sorrow) are $8, or $35 for all five. For a complete schedule and to learn more, click here.

7. Performers Charles Williams and Tom Teasley present The Legacy of Langston Saturday at the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 7:30. The 90-minute performance features song, dance, and percussion honoring the life and work of poet Langston Hughes. The duo comprises the internationally recognized troupe Word-Beat, which has performed at the Kennedy Center and as far away as Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Tickets cost $10.

8. In honor of Phase 1’s 40th anniversary, the country’s oldest lesbian bar is hosting the Miss Phase 1 Pageant Friday at 9. The competition features swimsuit, talent, eveningwear, and interview components. The winning hottie walks away with $200. Must be 21 and over, and tickets cost $5.

9. Head to Evening Star Cafe to celebrate the end of the Olympics with the second annual Oyster Roast Sunday. Starting at noon, guests can nosh on grilled local oysters; hot dogs from the local charcuterie maker Red Apron; vegetarian roasted-cashew chili; macaroni and cheese; mini cupcakes and brownies from Buzz; and a variety of American craft beers, wines, and ciders. There’ll be a Nintendo Wii until 3, at which time the gold-medal men’s ice-hockey game will be televised on an outdoor screen. Admission is free, and most food and drink items cost $4 to $10. The event takes place in the parking lot.

10. Head to Silver Spring’s Quarry House Tavern Sunday at 3 for a mohawk-spiked, leather-jacket-inspired show by the Shirks. Tickets cost $5 and include performances by Demon Beat, Maybe Baby, and Hammer No More Fingers. Put aside a few dollars for a serving of the bar’s delicious tater tots.

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