Head to Affinity Lab in Adams Morgan to learn about the genesis of local punk music at Dance of Days: A Visual History of Punk in DC. Take in 70 minutes of rare video footage that features legendary artists, including Fugazi, Bad Brains, Government Issue, Bikini Kill, Minor Threat, and Nation of Ulysses. DJs will play punk classics, and there’ll be a selection of light refreshments. Space is limited, so RSVP here. The event is free, but donations benefit We Are Family, an outreach-and-advocacy network offering life services to senior citizens. 6:30.
In the mood for arts and crafts? Contribute to the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project, which kicks off tonight and continues every Thursday at Fibre Space in Alexandria. The project, started by Margaret and Christine Wertheim in Los Angeles, involves a yarn reef made of crocheted items that look like pieces of coral. The project’s goal is to increase awareness of global warming and over-fishing, and the crocheters are building a “satellite reef” throughout the summer. In October, the finished piece will be exhibited in the Sant Ocean Hall of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Free. 5 to 9.
For your foreign-film fix, drop in to the Embassy of Finland for Cross-Spectrum, a showing of short films from Helsinki and Washington. The event is co-sponsored by the embassy, the Finland and US Cultural Alliance, the Washington Film Institute, and Finnish media-art distributor AV-ARKKI. Tickets ($20) include screenings and an open-bar reception. Click here to reserve your spot. 6:30 to 8:30.