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Where & When: What to Do this Weekend

Spin records with Passion Pit, find out how Perez Hilton plans on saving the universe, try spelling out “alcoholic” while intoxicated, and spend a night at the museum.

Thursday: Robert Wiedmaier’s K Street beer haven, Brasserie Beck, is hosting a four-course dinner with Patrick Rue, founder of the Bruery. Rue is pairing some of his California-brewed beers—known for being unfiltered and unpasteurized and for having unconventional ingredients—with such dishes as pan-seared halibut with mushroom polenta; squab breast with garlic-potato purée; bison strip loin with horseradish cream; and a cheese plate. The dinner, $85 per person, begins at 7. For reservations and more, call 202-408-1717.

WellDone, a nonprofit that raises awareness on global-water issues, hosts a wine tasting from 6 to 9 at the Darlington House in DC’s Dupont Circle. Admission price is $10, and all proceeds benefit the organization. There’s also a silent auction and raffle. For more information about WellDone, check out the organization’s Web site.

The folks of the indie-pop outfit Passion Pit are back in town for a sold-out show at the 9:30 Club with Tokyo Police Club, and, once again, they’ll be moonlighting as DJs for an after-party at Velvet Lounge. Tickets ($10) are available in advance. Sets start at 11.

The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District’s free outdoor film series starts tonight at Canal Park (Second and M sts., SE) with Hoosiers, the 1986 film starring Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper about a small-time high-school basketball team’s rise to state champions. The series runs every Thursday at sundown through August 5, and this year’s theme is “underdogs.” Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, as well as arrive early to participate in trivia games. Check the event’s calendar for the full lineup of movies.

Georgetown’s Tudor Place Historic House and Garden opens its outdoor space for an after-hours reception from 6 to 8 featuring cocktails inspired by the historic site’s collections. Admission is $10; RSVP here.

The musical Perez Hilton Saves the Universe (or at Least the Greater Los Angeles Area) comically sets out to prove that doodling penises on pictures of celebrities is more than a career—it’s a calling! The show is onstage at the DC Arts Center’s blackbox theater. Click here for tickets ($25). The show starts at 7:30.

Friday: Capitol Pride kicks off this weekend, and if you like your gay party to sound like disco, feel like heaven, smell like poppers, and look like porn, then you should check out RAW at the Green Lantern. Karl Marks, one of the organizers behind Guerilla Queer Bar and Taint, hosts the monthly party. DJs Shea Van Horn and Sirlinda will spin tracks on the bar’s first floor. The party starts at 10; free admission until 11, $3 cover charge after.

Rosslyn’s I Love the ’90s outdoor film festival at Gateway Park continues with a screening of the cult classic Office Space. The film shows at dusk; guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to picnic in the park before the show. Games with an appropriately ’90s theme are held before the show. For more outdoor film series in Washington, check out our comprehensive guide here.

The Berklee World Jazz Nonet performs at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden as part of the museum’s Jazz in the Garden series, which runs every Friday from 5:30 to 8. You can pre-order wine and food baskets by calling 202-289-3360 the Wednesday prior to the event. Take a look at the schedule of performances here.

Relive childhood memories—as you chug down a PBR or a shot of rail whiskey—at the Rock & Roll Hotel’s Buzzed Spelling Bee competition. Prizes include $60 and $30 bar discounts for the top winners. Signup starts at 6 at the upstairs bar; the competition starts at 8 with 20 participants selected at random from the signup list.

On the Verge of a Fever, a coming-of-age story set in 1970s Haiti, kicks off the 2010 DC Caribbean Film Festival, which runs through June 6 at the AFI Silver Theatre. The film shows at 7; tickets ($10) can be purchased here.

Saturday: There aren’t many good excuses to wear a Hawaiian shirt. But break one out for EatBar’s Beach Blanket Bash, where you can jam to surf music, knock around some beach balls, and taste your way through 25 wines. Chef Barry Koslow is cooking up such snacks as calamari ceviche with mango and chilies; caramelized-onion-and-olive focaccia; and crab fritters with rémoulade. The party, $25 per person, runs from 1 to 4. For information and reservations, call 703-778-9951.

The National Museum of the American Indian’s fourth annual Ibero-American Guitar Festival continues through the weekend with a slate of both free and ticketed performances. For a complete schedule, check out the festival’s Web site here. All performances are held in the museum, and the museum’s much-lauded cafeteria is open for a special dinner featuring Ibero-American food and live music every night of the festival.

Speaking of free, the House of Sweden hosts a free morning yoga session on its rooftop. Yoga instructor Emma Saal leads the class, which starts at 10. You can sign up in advance by e-mailing or just show up to the session.

Saffron Dance, a local belly-dance studio, puts on a performance featuring more than 80 dancers at Georgetown University’s Gonda Theatre (3700 O St., NW). Shows are at 5 and 8; tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 or at the door for $35. For more information, e-mail

Get your diva fix at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, where the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington is performing songs from gay icons such as Judy Garland, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, alongside special guest Christopher Peterson. For a pr
eview of what you can expect, check out this video of rehearsals. Tickets ($20 to $25) can be purchased here. The show starts at 8.

Sunday: Spike’d Sundays, the Sunday pool parties at the Capitol Skyline Hotel hosted by Good Stuff Eatery’s Spike Mendelsohn, are back. For the unfamiliar: Admission is $15 and includes free burger (or veggie burger) grilled by Mendelsohn. DC101’s DJ Flounder will spin tracks all day. 10 AM to 6 PM.

If you loved Night at the Museum, you and your kids should check out the Smithsonian Sleepover event at the National Museum of Natural History. Described as a “night of adventure” for kids ages eight to 12 (accompanied by an adult), the event includes a screening of Galapagos in 3-D, as well as a scavenger hunt and an exhibit tour. Admission is $125 and includes snacks and breakfast. Advanced registration is required; call 202-633-3030. Can we be 12 again?

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