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Where & When: What to Do This Weekend

Performance art, crazy concerts, a car show, and a modern take on the Bard

Thursday, February 3
Hear a selection of leading male literary figures read from works of female writers they admire, then dance to the sounds of DJs Mark Bibbins and Adam Boles. Called “VIDA and the Men Who Love Us,” the event is presented by the literary-arts organization VIDA at the Black Cat. 9 PM; get tickets ($10) at Ticket Alternative.

The Deb Felz Band specializes in upbeat folk/rock, and Curbside Manner infuses rock music with jazz sounds. Brighten up your cold winter night by catching them at Velvet Lounge. 9 PM; tickets are $8 at the door.

Even if a puppy fashion show isn’t your scene, you can still help fundraise for the Washington Humane Society’s Fashion for Paws at the kickoff cocktail party at Teatro Goldoni. There’ll be $5 vodka cocktails, treats from Georgetown Cupcake, and a photo booth. 7 to 9; $20 suggested donation. RSVP here.

Friday, February 4
The Fridge is declaring February Live Art month. It kicks off the festivities tonight with a variety-show performance set to live music from Bluebrain. Throughout the rest of the month, the gallery is hosting more than 60 local and national performance artists. Buy tickets ($15) through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. 8 PM.

Toscana West’s (1350 I St., NW) new late-night dining and entertaining concept, Era Bella, starts tonight. Every Friday, the restaurant will have music and dancing from Trio Caliente plus unique cocktails and Italian tapas. 10:30 PM to 2 AM. Make a reservation at Open Table.

The Mark Morris Dance Group is celebrating its 30th anniversary at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. The group integrates lesser-known classical music with movement, such as in “The Muir,” which is set to Beethoven’s folk songs. Buy tickets ($22 to $44) at the GMU Web site.

The AFI Silver Theatre is opening three film retrospectives, including the Ginger Rogers centennial, featuring her collaborations with Fred Astaire. Also starting tonight is a Hitchcock series and Valentine’s Day-themed movies such as Bringing Up Baby. All tickets are $11; to purchase and see a complete schedule go to the AFI site.

Catch Israeli punk rockers Monotonix at Comet Ping Pong tonight along with Pujol and Federation X. The group is known for its high-energy antics during shows. Buy tickets ($12) at the door. 10 PM.

Saturday, February 5
Radio MacBeth, a reimagining of the Shakespeare play that sets the story among actors rehearsing late at night, is being performed this weekend at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. 8 PM. Buy tickets ($35) at the center’s Web site.

To kick off the monthlong exhibit “Colors and Threads: Preserving a Cultural Heritage,” the Mexican Cultural Institute is hosting an open house. Stop by between noon and 5 for weaving demonstrations, a lecture by the director of the Textile Museum of Oaxaca, and Mexican hot chocolate. Free.

Artist Lauren Rice creates “flowers” out of materials such as window screens, phone-book pages, spray paint, and more. Her exhibit “Heirlooms” opens today at the Transformer Gallery and runs through March 12; admission is free.

Sniden, Willy Joy, and Harry Ransom are playing at U Street Music Hall. The dance party starts at 10, and tickets are $10 at Ticket Fly or at the door.

Sunday, February 6
Get revved up for the last day of the Washington Auto Show at the Washington Convention Center. Check out the cars from a wide range of vendors test-drive vehicles from Chevy, Buick, and GMC; and enter to win a trip to a taping of The Price Is Right. Buy tickets ($12) and see a complete schedule at the official Web site.

Dance off the pounds you gained from all the Super Bowl eating and drinking at the 9:30 Club. The Montreal-based electro-funk duo Chromeo is playing along with MNDR and the Suzan. Purchase tickets ($25) at Ticket Fly. 7 PM.

Haven’t decided what to do for the Pittsburgh-Green Bay showdown today? Check out The Washingtonian’s guide to bar specials and regional specialties to cook if you’re staying in.

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