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Where & When: What to Do This Weekend

Heavy metal gets girly, Hollywood and DC unite, Mozart gets a solo show, and Shakespeare hits the big screen

Thursday, February 10
24, 7, 365, written by Helen Hayes ward-winner Jennifer L. Nelson and performed by George Mason University’s professional theater company Theater of the First Amendment, is opening tonight. The story focuses on two Washington couples who go on a fateful camping trip. At the Atlas Performing Arts Center through February 27. Buy tickets ($15 to $30) at Vendini.

Meredith Merrill gives a modern edge to antique necklaces, lockets, and charms. Pick one up at her trunk show at Julia Farr boutique (5232 44th St., NW) from 1 to 7.

Catch Morcheeba at the 9:30 Club, playing songs from its new album, Blood Like Lemonade. The group’s sound is hip-hop, with tinges of psychadelic rock, African instruments, and blues. 7 PM; get tickets ($30) at Ticket Fly.

Friday, February 11
The Puppet Co. Playhouse is putting on “Playhouse Puppetry Slam.” Catch a puppet striptease, songs, and music from the JFQ Jazz Quartet at this event for adults. There are performances at 7 and at 9. Tickets ($12) at the company’s site.

Like whoopie pies? Enter Zola’s whoopie-pie-eating contest for a chance to win a cooking class, lunch at Zola, or bottles of wine. You can also make and frost a pie of your own and purchase Valentine’s-themed gift baskets. 5 to 8; free.

Rock out with Misstallica, an all-girl tribute to Metallica, plus opening act Disciples of Sabbath at the State Theatre. 9 PM; purchase tickets ($10) at the State Theatre site or $12 at the door.

The award-winning Scottish singer Euan Morton is performing standards such as “La Vie en Rose” at the Signature Theatre tonight. The Washington Post has said that “his glorious vocalizing makes you happy to be alive.” 8:30; buy tickets ($40) at Ticketmaster.

Saturday, February 12
Fans of Mozart can hear their favorite pieces at the National Philharmonic’s all-Mozart concert at Strathmore. Featuring Piotr Gajewski as conductor, works include include Symphony No. 20 in D Major and Piano Concerto No. 26 in D Major. Get tickets ($32 to $79) at the Strathmore’s Web site. 8 PM.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company is putting London National Theater’s King Lear on the big screen at Sidney Harman Hall. The production of Shakespeare’s family saga has been frequently sold out on its home stage. 2 and 8 PM. Buy tickets ($20) at the STC site.

Relive the best and worst of ’90s at DC9’s Peach Pit dance party, featuring DJ Matt Bailer and DJ TMY. 10 PM; $5 cover.

Sunday, February 13
The National Gallery of Art is hosting a free screening of Killer of Sheep, an intimate look at life in 1970s Watts. Filmmaker Charles Burnett will be on hand afterward to discuss the film. 2:30.

Think you’re a movie buff? Test your knowledge at the American Red Cross’s Oscar scavenger hunt, and find the Washington landmarks that make an appearance on the silver screen. The grand prize is two VIP tickets to the Red Cross’s annual black-tie viewing party. Registration starts at 2 at 17th and D streets, Northwest; free. RSVP at the Red Cross Web site.

In the mood for something a little more romantic? Check out our guide to the best bets for Valentine’s weekend fun for couples, singles, and everyone in between. We also have great date ideas, the best places to buy flowers and chocolate, and spots for making out.

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