Things to Do

Ten Under $10

Bandanas, black voters, bike movies, bivalves, and Britpop

Thursday, July 15

Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar will be hosting its monthly Bandanas Video Dance Party this week. The event features classic rock and soul music combined with a VeeJay’s “way wack video presentation.” 9 PM. Free.

Rap duo Educated Consumers combines humor and samples from jazz songs for its performance at DC9. 9 PM; $8.

Friday, July 16

Author William Jelani Cobb discusses and signs his new book The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress at Politics and Prose. The book examines the 2008 presidential election and the new generation of black voters that emerged. 7 PM. Free.

Fatback returns to the 9:30 Club with a supersized version of its monthly funk-and-soul dance party. Friday night’s installment, Very Big Fatback, will feature the usual suspects plus go-go band Art of Funk and funk-and-disco artist George Smallwood. Fatback DJs will keep you moving between performances. 9 PM; $10.

Peddle over to the Bicycle Film Festival this weekend at Gala Hispanic Theatre. The festival will present a series of short films and documentaries on subjects like BMX legend Mat Hoffman and Race Across America, the story of a 3,000 mile bike race to cover the country in just ten days. Friday 7 to 10 PM, Saturday 3 to 10; $9.99 for each screening.

Saturday, June 17

In honor of Belgium’s National Day, Belga Cafe is hosting Mussels Throw Down, where chefs from three DC restaurants will compete to see who can serve the best bivalve. Saturday at noon. Free.

Mousetrap is DC’s biggest Britpop dance party, and this month it celebrates its 11th anniversary at the Black Cat. Show your support at 9:30. $10.

Prepare yourself for “music and mayhem” at Signature Theatre’s annual open house. Catch sneak peeks of upcoming projects, watch a Broadway-song talent competition, or sit in on a master’s acting class. Noon to 10. Free.

Sunday June 17

John Williams has composed some of Hollywood’s most iconic soundtracks, from Jaws to Star Wars to Indiana Jones. The Smithsonian American Art Museum will host the Washington Symphonic Brass for a special concert in the Kogod Courtyard featuring Williams’ music, as well as numbers from George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein. 4 PM. Free.

U Street bar Lounge of Three turns museum on Sunday with its album-cover art show, The Classics—Series 4: Reggae. Browse vintage reggae albums while a DJ spins nearby. Cocktails are free until 9 PM. 7 to midnight. Free.

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Michael J. Gaynor has written about fake Navy SEALs, a town without cell phones, his Russian spy landlord, and many more weird and fascinating stories for the Washingtonian. He lives in DC, where his landlord is no longer a Russian spy.