THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
MUSIC: Psychedelic garage rocker Ty Segall promoted his latest album Emotional Mugger through pretty unique means, like sending out VHS tapes and asking people to call a hotline listed on his website. Segall and his backing band come to 9:30 Club Thursday as Ty Segall & The Muggers to both promote the album, and if you’ve never seen them live, they’re a rollicking good time. $25, 7 PM.
PERFORMANCE: This weekend is your last chance to see Guards at the Taj, which runs at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company until February 28. The play centers around two friends who are also guards responsible for watching over the just-completed Taj Mahal in 1648 India, but their duties grow to become much more complicated in playwright Rajiv Joseph’s dark comedy. $20-$58, 8 PM.
DRINK AND LEARN: Sixth & I invites you to take a break from this dreary weather with their tea-tasting event, adorably named Sixth & Chai. Warm up as you sip different teas from Capital Teas and Pansaari, as local food writer Laura Hayes gives you the rundown on “all things tea.” $12-$15, 7:30 PM.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26
MOVIE: AFI Silver Theatre’s series “Leading Men of Hollywood’s Golden Age” continues with the 1939 military adventure flick Beau Geste—a remake of a silent 1926 film by Ronald Coleman—starring Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy, and Susan Hayward. With the first “talkie” coming out in 1927, this film is a scene-for-scene remake of the 1926 silent version. $13, 7 PM.
DRINK: The Washington State Society’s first annual Washington to Washington Wine Festival celebrates wines grown and produced in the state. Head to Eastern Market North Hall on Friday night to sample local wines and munch on snacks made from Washington State produce. A bonus: In addition to the tastings, a ticket gets you a full pour in a commemorative glass you can take home. $40, 7PM.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27
CHILI COOKOFF: Hill Country Barbecue’s third annual Chili Cook-Off is a delicious event for a worthy cause. Sample portions of all the chili entries and other snacks while knowing that proceeds will go toward non-profit So Others Might Eat, which has been feeding DC’s homeless population for more than 40 years.. $10, 1 PM.
COMEDY: Brandon T. Jackson may be the voice of Corduroy Jackson-Jackson on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman and star on the television series Mr. Robinson, but he’s still a standup comedian at heart. Jackson, called one of “10 Comedians to Watch”, by makes his DC Improv headlining debut this weekend. $20, 7:30 PM.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28
OSCARS: Watch the 88th Academy Awards in style at W Washington DC’s viewing party, where people will be dressed up like they’re getting interviewed by Ryan Seacrest as they chow down on film-themed snacks and sip on specialty cocktails. If that sounds a tad too ritzy, then head over to Commissary instead for the restaurant’s fifth annual Oscar’s which includes a buffet, open bar, and full wall projector to watch the proceedings (including the red carpet pre-show) on. Free, 7 PM and $35, $60 or $90, 4 PM.
MAGIC: Magician Danny Dubin offers the opportunity to check out “Real Magic” at the District of Columbia Arts Center. Enjoy the award winner’s mind-bending illusions and sleight of hand tricks at this fundraiser for N Street Village. $37, 7:30 PM.