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Ten Under $10

Scope out the late King of Pop, hear the perspective of a peace-seeking novelist, and check out a newly merged H Street venue for $10 or less

Get the real scoop on the King of Pop—at least as Andy Warhol saw him. Thursday, the weekly Face-to-Face Portrait Talk at the National Portrait Gallery focuses on Warhol’s depiction of Michael Jackson (before the nose job and skin-pigmentation changes, thankfully). Meet in the F Street Lobby. 6 PM; free.

Celebrate the Tranquil Space Foundation’s fourth anniversary at Darlington House Thursday. The organization, which seeks to improve the lives of young women through yoga and leadership activities, is offering prizes, a gift for the first 50 guests, appetizers, a DJ, and a cash bar. 7 to 9. $10.

Israeli author and peace advocate David Grossman is in town Thursday to speak about his latest work, To the End of the Land. Recently named’s Best of the Month, the novel follows a mother whose life has been turned inside out by war. At Sixth & I Historic Synagogue at 7. $10.

Firefly has launched a new Beat the Clock happy hour, where select drinks start at $1 at 3 PM and max out at $5 by 7. The restaurant is also offering $5 appetizers during the happy hour. Friday 3 to 7. No cover.

For a different spin on Oktoberfest, try Blue Ridge for its Go Belgian night. The restaurant is offering specials on Belgian-style drafts, as well as free moules frites with drink purchases. 6 PM. No cover.

The power-pop icon Paul Collins (formerly of the Nerves and the Breakaways) is performing with his band, Paul Collins’s Beat, at Silver Spring’s Quarry House Tavern Friday at 8. $10.

The bars the Red & the Black and the Palace of Wonders have joined forces and officially reopen as Red Palace (1210 H St., NE) Friday. The updated venue’s inaugural show features My Dear Disco, How I Became the Bomb, and DJ Dirty Steve. 9:30. Buy tickets for $10 in advance here ($12 at the door).

It can be unbearably difficult to get off the couch when an America’s Next Top Model marathon is on. But Saturday, the show comes to you at the 2010 Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Expo. In addition to makeovers, vendor booths, fashion shows, and modeling seminars, many of the reality show’s stars—including dreamy photographer Nigel Barker—are making appearances. At the Washington Convention Center from noon to 6. Click here for tickets ($10).

This fall, the National Gallery is recognizing French filmmaker Julien Duvivier, starting with a screening of Poil de carotte. Also a part of the gallery’s Ciné-Concert series, the silent film is accompanied by the L’Octour de France ensemble. 2:30. Free.

Drawing comparisons to acts as varied as Modest Mouse and Neil Young, the Futurebirds’s dynamic sound defies categorization. Catch the group Saturday at DC9, where it’ll be joined by Jonny Corndawg and Daddy Lion. 9:30. $10. 

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