Things to Do

Things to Do in DC this Week (October 10-12): Short Films, Punk Music, and a Clown Cabaret

Come celebrate heroes at Damian Woetze’s latest creative collaboration, DEMO, at the Kennedy Center. Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center.


OH, NO. CLOWNS! In light of all the bad press they’re getting these days, Fringe Theatre’s clown cabaret class couldn’t come at a better time. These local jokesters will show you the proper techniques for clowning around in all ways, from classic, silent, and circus techniques, to some knockabout and slapstick moves. There may even be some pies to the face. $15, 8 PM

PERFORMANCE New York City Ballet Principal Dancer turned director Damian Woetze’s DEMO  series, which brings together performers from a variety of mediums to express their thoughts on a specific theme, returns to the Kennedy Center. Tonight’s artists celebrate their heroes, with a lineup including soprano Jacqueline Bolier, visual arts curator and historian Sarah Lewis, the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band, and tap dancer Jared Grimes. $25-$49, 8 PM


EAT Rustico Restaurant & Bar in Alexandria’s American Road Trip Beer Dinner Series makes a pit stop in Michigan for a five-course meal featuring classic dishes loved by those living in the Great Lake State pared with delicious local craft brews from brands like Founders Brewing Co. $50, 6:30 PM

MUSIC  Philadelphia punk trio Beach Slang are joined by indie punk darlings Bleached on their Bleached Slang tour, which makes its way to the Black Cat.  $16, 7:30 PM



CONVERSATION The legendary Patti Smith is in conversation with Seth Hurwitz, co-owner of the 9:30 Club, about her critically-acclaimed memoir M Train at The Lincoln Theatre. As Smith is never one to disappoint, bandmate Tony Shanahan will also be on-hand to perform a few songs. $28, 6 PM

WATCH The Reel Independent Film Extravaganza continues at the Angelika film center pop-up at Union Market with a collection of short films from all over the world presented by the DC chapter of Women In Film and Video. $11, 7 PM