Catch the 1954 sci-fi classic Creature From the Black Lagoon at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Thursday, where it screens in conjunction with the ongoing Alexis Rockman exhibit. 6:30. Free.
Restore: Japan, a fundraiser for the Japanese Red Cross Society, takes place Thursday at the Lamont Bishop Gallery. The exhibit features 32 local artists. 7 to 11. $10 suggested donation.
As part of the All Roads Film project, National Geographic is screening Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance Thursday at 7. The 1993 documentary looks at the native population of a tiny Canadian village, and the director will be in attendance to answer questions. Buy tickets ($10) from Tickets.com.
The Oscars are long over, but the debate over Natalie Portman’s ballet skills—or lack thereof—rages on. See for yourself at Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse Thursday, where the psychological thriller Black Swan screens at 7:15. $5.50.
There’s an opening reception for Joshua Hoover’s exhibit at Carbon Friday. The series of photographs looks at Atlanta’s urban landscape and is on display through May 21. The reception is from 7 to 9. Free.
Forward Fest DC hits U Street Music Hall Friday night, where there’ll be performances by Sunshine Jones, Buster, DJ Love Groove, and Ray Casil. The show starts at 10. Buy tickets ($10) from TicketFly. They’re also available at the door.
Brightest Young Things and the W Hotel are hosting a late-night DJ performance by the Pains of Being Pure at Heart Friday. It starts at midnight at the W’s POV bar. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. No cover.
You may think the National Cherry Blossom Festival is just for kids and tourists, but the Cherry Blast party begs to differ. This year, the popular event features live music, artistic performances, DJs, fireworks, and cocktails. Buy tickets ($10) from Ejoinme.org. It’s Saturday at 700 Water Street, Southwest, from 8 to midnight.
The local reggae-funk fusion group Lucky Dub is celebrating its latest CD release with a show at Rock & Roll Hotel. The show starts at 8:30 Saturday. $10.
It’s time for the Big Bad Dance Party at Velvet Lounge Saturday, featuring hours of Motown and soul grooves. 10 PM to 3 AM. Free.