Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend September 10-13: Nerd Nite, Langhorne Slim, and Festivals Galore

Attend a jumbo slice eating contest, a pet parade, or a compost competition.

Local band North Country performs at Luce Unplugged this weekend. Above, Young Rapids plays at the Luce Foundation's July 17 event. Photo by Kevin L. Kim, 2015, Indie Love Enterprises.


MUSIC: North Country’s beautiful harmonies will echo through the equally beautiful halls of the Luce Foundation Center as part of the monthly series Luce Unplugged. Get there at 5:30 PM to hear museum staff talk about the artworks selected by the band for the occasion. The show is free, but there will be a cash bar for snacks and drinks. Free, 5:30 to 7 PM.


MUSIC: Langhorne Slim brings his lively blend of folk and alternative country to the 9:30 Club with his band, Langhorne Slim & the Law. The singer-songwriter got his start as an opening act for the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, but has since developed a strong fanbase of his own. His most recent album, the Spirit Moves, was released August 7. $20, 8 PM.

MUSIC: Maybe you never heard the Beatles perform Abbey Road live. This weekend, the Hamilton has the next best thing. The Fab Faux isn’t your average cover band. The group was founded by Will Lee, the super-talented bassist for Late Show with David Letterman. It also includes Jimmy Vivino, the equally-talented bandleader for Conan. They don’t take any liberties with the music, so it’s pretty much the closest thing you’ll ever get to the real deal. $50 to $95, 8:30 PM.


FESTIVAL: The 10th annual Columbia Heights Day Festival highlights the best parts of the neighborhood. Cool off in a beer garden, listen to live music, check out local artisans, and burn off all the festival food with a “warrior obstacle course.” Free, 12 PM.

FAIR: The DC State Fair has a whole lot more than just meat on a stick. Now in its sixth year, they’re adding new events to go along with the traditional pie, honey, pickle, and homebrew contests. There will be a pet parade, a compost contest, and, um, a “Best Buds” competition. Seriously. Free, 12 PM.

NERD NITE: DC9’s Nerd Nite is like a fun college class; drinking beer is encouraged to “help” with learning. The evening’s topics include the sex lives of invertebrates, “unuseless” Japanese inventions, and education policy. $10, 6:30 PM.


FILM: The Freer Sackler’s Iran through Film series highlights Bahman Kiarostami’s documentary works, the Treasure Cave and Statues of Tehran. The former discusses the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art; the latter looks at the deterioration of two famous Iranian sculptures. Free, 2 PM.

FESTIVAL: Earlier reports suggested there would be no Adams Morgan Day this year due to mismanagement and debt. Good news: The festival has been saved. Residents and local business owners banded together so it could continue its reign as the city’s longest-running neighborhood festival. According to the festival’s Facebook page, it “won’t be as grandiose as years past. Still, it will “highlight the heart of the neighborhood” through street performers, mural painting, and even a jumbo slice pizza eating contest. Free, 12 PM.