Thursday, January 24
GOOD RIDDANCE: Horrific news for Georgetown freshmen and sophomores: Third Edition, the oh-so-trashy
bar of choice for underage college students from all around the Washington area, is
closing its doors after tonight. We’re guessing you don’t need a fake ID anymore,
but go relive the times you did with free hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, and one
last rodeo on that wild dance floor. Free. 7 PM.
DANCE: Daft Punk has officially gotten the tribute . . . uhh, deejay treatment: Since the
duo basically never tours, see the next best thing at 9:30 Club. The tribute group
One More Time spins all their best songs and wears those crazy helmets, so you’ll barely notice
the difference. Tickets ($17) are available online. 10 PM.
MOVIE: If you’re unable to go four seconds without quoting
The Big Lebowski, you should probably check out
Dude Fest at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, where you’ll be among similar obsessives. Things
kick off with music relating to the movie, then you get to show off your dude-ness
with a trivia contest before a screening of the movie. Tickets ($12) are available
online. 7 PM.
Friday, January 25
DANCE: Get ready to robot in your track jacket:
Black Cat’s Duran Duran and New Order dance night is sure to make you want to move in very deliberate,
pre-programmed ways. Tickets ($10) are available online. 9:30 PM.
SIDESHOW: Meanwhile at Black Cat’s downstairs, Coney Island sideshow performers
New York Variety All-Stars are moving off the boardwalk and onto the stage—expect magic, sideshow, comedy, ventriloquism
(creepy), and a lot of ridiculousness. Tickets ($10) are available online. 9 PM.
DANCE: Electronic duo
Benoit & Sergio have roots in DC, European street cred, and that house music sound that’s so hot right
now. Head over to U Street Music Hall and pretend you’re in Ibiza (the club or the
island, doesn’t matter). Tickets ($10) are available online. 10 PM.
DEEJAY CONTEST: Red Bull is looking for the best deejays in the world—and wouldn’t you know it, they’re
holding a regional competition in one of DC’s best dance bars, Rock & Roll Hotel.
THRE3STYLE competition is free to get in and features five deejays trying to outdo one another—and
you can probably score some free Red Bull to keep you going. Free when you RSVP online.
Saturday, January 26
BEER: Last time you stumbled around with wine; this time it’s beer. The
Crystal City 1K beer walk gives you the chance to sample up to 20 of 50 possible beers from dozens of craft
brewers. Bring your running shoes and don’t carbo-load too much for your long journey:
Afterward, Jaleo, King Street Blues, and Legal Seafoods will be serving up snacks.
Tickets ($35) are available online; the event also runs Sunday ($30). 1 to 5 PM Saturday;
1 to 4 PM Sunday.
DANCE: Hope you’re all recovered from inauguration weekend, because it’s time to go dancing
again. Mount Pleasant’s Haydee’s is hosting
TNT!, a night of funk, R&B, Latin, and Jamaican music. Take pictures because you’re not
going to remember what happened if you partake in the $8 beer-and-tequila bombs, which
sound horrendous. But more power to you if you can handle it. Free. 10 PM.
WEIRD HYBRIDS: Bluegrass meets hip-hop? Sure, why not.
Gangstagrass has been written up by the
Wall Street Journal, has been featured on FX’s
Justified, and combines rap and record scratches with fiddles and banjos, which is a thing
you probably want to hear. Tickets ($15) are available online. 8 PM at Artisphere.
Sunday, January 27
WEDDINGS: Getting married?
Washingtonian Bride & Groom’s
Unveiled is the best place to check out the latest dresses and meet top florists, planners,
caterers, and more. You’ll sip cocktails and Champagne, taste cakes and other goodies
from the Ritz, and have a chance to win a handful of door prizes. Tickets ($60) are
available online. 11:30 AM.
SUPER BOWL: So the Redskins were bounced early, but chances are you’ve got at least a couple
friends who are big Ravens fans. Support the semi-local team with an awesome feast—you
know you can do better than chips and salsa and lukewarm pigs-in-a-blanket. Vendors
Union Market will be showing you how to whip up some championship-caliber foods for the big game
next weekend so you don’t fumble your Super Bowl party. Free. 11 AM to 3 PM.
MUSIC: Vinyl nerds, mark your calendars (or use your incredible memory to recall information
in several days): The
DC Record Fair is coming to Penn Social. Check out new and used vinyl from local labels and stores
while you sip cheap cocktails. Six deejays will spin all day. Sounds better than a
CD fair, doesn’t it?
Early birds: 11 AM to 5 PM, $5
Regular admission: Noon to 5 PM, $2
FASHION: Get rid of all those clothes that no longer fit your body or your style at
Nana’s Clothing Swap. Bring a trash bag full of your old standbys and leave with a new one. Leftovers
will be donated to Martha’s Table. Tickets ($15) are available online. 1 PM.
Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or find him on Twitter @jason_koebler.