Thursday, January 20
If you think Ikea is as good as it gets, think again. Celebrate Washington design, including EK Living of Hagerstown, Caleb Woodward, and others whose focus is on sleek and sustainable furniture. At Well Built (1541 14th St., NW) from 6 to 8; free.
Does your 9-to-5 job not quite satisfy your creative yearnings? Why not give art school a try? Artisphere is hosting “Beyond the Brochure: Art School College Night,” featuring a panel discussion and fair with representatives from local higher-education art schools and programs. 7 PM; free.
Friday, January 21
The Goethe-Institut’s Film Neu festival explores the best of cinema from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Highlights include The Murder Farm, an adaptation of Andrea Maria Schenkel’s award-winning horror novel, and When We Leave, Germany’s submission to the 2011 Oscars. Through January 27. The screenings take place at Landmark E Street Cinema. Buy tickets ($10) through Landmark Theatre’s Web site.
The Carpetbagger’s Children, opening tonight, is Horton Foote’s story of three sisters trying to maintain their Texas plantation after the Civil War. Starring Nancy Robinette, Kimberly Schraf, and Holly Twyford, it’s at Ford’s Theatre through February 13. Buy tickets ($25 to $55) at Ticketmaster.
Journopalooza promises a lineup of writers, editors, and more rocking out to raise money for charity. The National Press Club is hosting seven bands, including Dirty Bomb and the Charm Offensive. The bar opens at 6:30, and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets ($25 to $35) are available at the event’s Web site.
Spend the night with some “Cool Dudes Hanging Out,” a new monthly comedy show at the Velvet Lounge. This week’s featured performers are 18-year-old comedy hotshot Brandon Wardell and other local funny guys. 7 PM; tickets are $5 at the door. In other comedy news, John McClellen of Millionaire Matchmaker fame is performing at the Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse. 9:55 PM; buy tickets ($18) on the Web site.
Saturday, January 22
Festejo, presented by the music-and-dance company Peru Negro, is a spirited celebration of Afro-Peruvian culture. The show features more than 30 dancers and singers, including Eva Ayllón, who’s been called Peru’s Tina Turner. At George Mason University Center for the Arts; buy tickets ($23 to $46) at GMU ticketing. 8 PM.
Tonight, check out Work the Walls at the Black Cat. It’s a dance party with sweaty electropunk, disco, and club beats from DJ K La Rock and Brian Senyo. 9:30; $5 cover.
Sofya Gulyak, the first female winner of the Leeds International Piano competition, is playing selections from Schubert, Chopin, Ravel, and more at the Kennedy Center. 2 PM; buy tickets ($38) through the Kennedy Center Web site.
Be like Britney and learn some new moves at Joy of Motion’s Dance Workshop, where you can learn routines from Spears’s hits such as “Me Against the Music” and “I’m a Slave 4U.” Boa constrictor not included. At Atlas Performing Arts Center; 5 to 6:30. Register ($25) at the Joy of Motion Web site.
Sunday, January 23
Today is the last day to catch “Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer” at the National Portrait Gallery. These 40 photos offer a rare look at the star’s transition from musician to icon. Admission is free.
If you’ve got a ring on it, let The Washingtonian help you plan your big day at the Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled wedding showcase. Featuring a Vera Wang bridal fashion show, presentations from the area’s top wedding vendors, and samples of cocktails and cake. At the Park Hyatt from 11 to 3. Buy tickets ($55) on Cvent.
“Take Dance” at Dance Place uses movement and the human body to explore darkness and light and the beauty of nature. Director Takehiro Ueyama is known for combining powerful athleticism with delicate movements. 4 PM; also Saturday, January 22, at 8. Purchase tickets ($22) at the Dance Place site.