Show off your playground skills at the Pink Line Project’s Field Day Happy Hour at the Arlington Arts Center. If you liked tug-of-war and races of the three-legged and wheelbarrow variety when you were little, imagine how much fun they’ll be after a drink or two. Thursday 5:30 to 7:30.
Long before she was Lucille Two on Arrested Development, Liza Minnelli starred in Cabaret, the 1972 movie musical that won eight Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Minnelli. See it at Atlas Performing Arts Center Thursday at 8. Click here for tickets ($6).
Nerd Nite is moving from DC9 to the Rock & Roll Hotel Friday—and it’s all about beer. So brush up on your chemistry and fermenting knowledge beforehand so you don’t embarrass yourself. If you’re spending only ten bucks, you’ll have to choose between the 6:30 “History, Artistry, and Science of Beer” presentation and the 10 PM Rock and Barley concert. But if you can scrounge up the cash, you can attend both for $16.
Unlike DJ Pauly D, these Italian DJs probably won’t make you pump your fists. But they’ll at least get you dancing. At U Street Music Hall’s Italians Do It Better dance night Friday, Victor Simonelli and Mike Simonetti spin New York dance and modern disco, respectively. It’s free if you’re there before 11, $10 after that.
Dust off your fanny pack, practice standing on the left side of the escalator, and splurge on an FBI T-shirt: You’re a tourist today. At least you will be at Fifty One’s Be the Tourist Friday night at Saki. It’s $5 if you’re dressed like a tourist, $10 if not.
Featuring former Q-and-Not-U drummer John Davis, Title Tracks has emerged as one of the better Washington bands. The group plays Friday night with pop punkers the Paul Collins Beat at Comet Ping Pong. Tickets are $10, and the show starts at 10:30.
It’s hard to say if any of MTV’s Real Worlders have any talent, but for $5 it might be worth the gamble. Friday night at the Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse, Real World: New Orleans’s Erick Patrick performs standup. It starts at 9:45. $5.
Black Cat pours some sugar on the end of summer with . . . the ’80s? DJs Steve EP, Missguided, Killa K, and Krasty McNasty spin at Eighties Mayhem Friday night at 9. $10.
Arlington’s Tortoise & Hare Bar and Grille is turning three this weekend, so, like the adorable toddlers they are, they get a birthday party. Although instead of cake, presents, and cone-shaped hats, they’re offering free appetizers Saturday from 7 to 9, a fashion show, and live music from Down Wilson at 10.