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Ten Under $10

Dance parties, doomed lovers, lost-and-found movies, and synchronized swimming on the docket this weekend

Want to sound just like T-Pain or that Double Rainbow remix, or maybe Britney Spears? Try Autotune Karaoke at U Street Music Hall Thursday at 5, and see what the magic of modern technology can do for your singing voice. No cover.

Dodge City (917 U St., NW; 202-555-1212) is giving fans of dubstep, minimal house, and other underutilized genres a place (other than an abandoned warehouse or a friend’s basement) to dance to trippy tunes. Echo Dance Night starts Thursday at 9. No cover.

The guys behind the Ultimate Underdogs film festival saved the underdoggieest movie for last. Watch Rocky take on Apollo Creed in the original Rocky. We won’t spoil the ending, but really, there’s no way a ragtag indebted kid from Philly could possibly beat the world champion. The free movie starts Thursday at Sundown at Canal Park on the Capitol Riverfront.

Besides DC Improv, there’s usually not much happening on Washington’s comedy scene. Every once in a while, such as this Friday, Wonderland Ballroom hosts a comedy show—and it’s a good one. For $2 you can see four comics, including Brian Parise, winner of this year’s Liberty Laugh Festival. 7 PM. A DJ spins afterward.

Watch the Capulets and Montagues bite their thumbs at each other at a Malibu gas station in Romeo + Juliet, back when Leonardo DiCaprio was cashing in on his teenage-heartthrob status. The movie’s real secret for grownup viewers? Harold Perrineau and John Leguizamo steal the show with outrageous, fine-tuned supporting performances. The free film starts Friday at dusk in Rosslyn’s Gateway Park.

The three-day Living Earth Festival, sponsored by the National Museum of the American Indian, takes place Friday through Sunday, exploring Native American life and culture. Highlights include a farmers market and an outdoor concert by Dumpstaphunk (Saturday at 5 in front of the museum), a New Orleans funk band that has performed at Bonnaroo and Voodoo Fest.

Somehow, the 1987 cinematic opus Computer Beach Party never made it onto DVD. Thankfully, the guys behind the Found Footage Festival have a copy of it on VHS, and they’re screening it at Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse Saturday at 9:45 PM. For $10, you’ll hear lines such as “We’re talking computers, floppy discs. As if I were to stick my floppy disc into your terminal, and we were going to interface.”

The U Street neighborhood is holding its annual Dog Days of August sidewalk sale and festival. Besides discounts at places such as Studio Theatre, Rue14, and Logan Hardware, there’ll be freebies from some of the other businesses, including Green Pets, ACKC, and Busboys and Poets. The event runs Saturday and Sunday.

As part of National Inventor’s Month, the Smithsonian is having a two-day festival honoring futurists past. On Saturday and Sunday, you can watch silent films from the 1939-40 World’s Fair in New York. This time, the Washington music group Bluebrain will play its blend of electronic, pop, and ambient music as a soundtrack to the films. The museum is calling it “Music of the World of Tomorrow,” and screenings are Saturday and Sunday 11:30 and 3 in Carmichael Auditorium in the National Museum of American History. Free.

Last year, the cast of the The Real World showed up at SynchroSwim, a synchronized-swimming competition at the Capitol Skyline Hotel’s rooftop pool. Ideally, creepy Andrew won’t be in attendance this Saturday. Free; 6 PM.

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