For your weekly dose of foreign films, head to the Letelier Theater Thursday for a screening of L’Autre Monde (Black Heaven). The French thriller, directed by Gilles Marchand, follows a young couple who get sucked into a dark video game. 7 PM; $9.
Enjoy Thursday’s 70-degree forecast at Puro Cafe in Georgetown, where April’s Breeze Patio Party kicks off the drinking-al-fresco season. There’ll be a vintage-fashion show, a photo exhibit with music by Donald Syriani, and a performance by Sheena Alexis. RSVP to email@example.com. Doors open at 7. $10.
Celebrate the opening of DC’s first brewery since 1956 at the DC Brau release party at Meridian Pint Friday night. From 5 to 8, drafts of Public Pale Ale are $4. There’ll also be T-shirts and other giveaways. No cover.
It’s once again time for the Cool Dudes Hanging Out comedy show at Velvet Lounge. This Friday’s lineup includes Mike Lawrence (who recently performed with the Daily Show’s John Oliver), Mike Recine, Jason Weems, and others. 7 PM; $5.
The local rock group Velvet is saying farewell after 15 years together. The band is playing its last show at Black Cat Friday night. The Chance and the Honeyguns will also perform. Doors open at 9; $10.
Saturday, commemorate the anniversary of Emancipation Day at National Geographic’s festival. There’ll be art activities, documentary screenings, readings, and a chance to tour the society’s “America I Am” exhibit. 10 to 4. Free.
Catch the premiere of local filmmaker Jason Baustin’s latest short film, Gone Forever, at AFI Silver Theatre Saturday. The film looks at a young widower who struggles to keep his life together. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Screenings are at 12:30 and 1. Free.
Time to dust off your best puffy sleeves and powder-blue leisure suits—Saturday is That ’80s Prom at BlackFinn. The DC cover band Hair Raid will perform the decade’s biggest hits, and there’ll be drink specials, cheesy prom pictures, and of course, the crowning of a king and queen. Buy tickets ($10) from Xorbia. 8 to midnight.
It may not quite be Middle Earth, but Sunday, Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse is coming pretty darn close with a screening of every film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In between films, participate in trivia or a Gollum-impersonation contest. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Doors open at 11:30 AM; $10.