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This post was written by Hatchet reporters Regina Park and Lauren Gomez.

Halloween is a three-day affair, so after you’ve gotten your fill of free candy from the embassies, take your costume, grab your $3 “boorito” from Chipotle and head to one of these spooky events.

Scream City
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
2400 East Capitol St.

Want a real haunted house experience without the bunny ears and fake cobwebs? Try Scream City by Steelhead Productions, an experience so intense that it won television network A&E’s “Haunted House Design and Build Competition” in 2014.

The “Nationally Recognized Haunt” experience has returned for its 15th year with two new attractions. The “Slaughter Factory” offers you the chance to meet the crazed owner of a slaughter house while the “Exorcism Estate” lets you wander around an abandoned Victorian mansion where a wealthy District family disappeared on Halloween night. A 40-minute walk through these back-to-back haunted houses is sure to give even the toughest horror fans a scare.

Scream City will be open every Friday and Saturday night from Oct. 2 to Nov. 1. Tickets range from $30 to $40, depending on the date and time.

Night of the Living Zoo
Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW
21+

See the spooky side of the National Zoo on the night before Halloween at the Night of the Living Zoo. Attendees of the adult-only Smithsonian National Zoo event will experience some of the Zoo’s 1,800 animals after-hours, along with live music, performance artists and food and beverages supplied by some of DC’s best local food trucks and breweries.

If you find yourself wandering the Zoo during the event, expect to run into live music from Black Masala and DJ Squirrel, and performances by fire twirlers, stilt walkers, and illusionists from the Cheeky Monkey Sideshow. Farther into the zoo, participate in a “Spooky Halloween Display” competition or costume contests to win prizes.

The event is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

Nightmare on M Street
Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Various bars
21+

After you’ve gone door-to-door to collect candy, it’s time to go door-to-door at your favorite bars like Sign of the Whale or The Exchange.

The 17th annual Nightmare on M Street is back with 26 participating venues spanning three District neighborhoods – Dupont Circle, the U Street corridor and Gallery Place – so carousers are bound to hit old favorites and discover new ones in the process.

Some bars have also added costume competitions and drink specials, including $3 Coors Lights and $5 Kraken Rum or Three Olives Vodka.

U Hell Halloween Party
Oct. 31 at 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
1115 U St NW
Free for 21+ before 11pm, $15 for 18-20 through advanced tickets only

An all-night dance party is sure to bring out the best Halloween costumes, so hit up U Street Music Hall’s annual U Hell event from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Spinning beats will be the discjockey duo Gents & Jawns, two club music mavens who have performed with Diplo, Dillon Francis, Nadastrom and Caspa. If you’re a regular at the concert hall, make sure to put extra effort into your Halloween get-up – costume contest winners will earn free admission to the venue for a year.

The event is free for anyone 21 and older if you arrive before 11 p.m. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 20 can buy $15 at least an hour in advance to attend.

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Friday, June 12, 2015 11:56 a.m.

Party all day at the D.C. Pride Festival

It’s time to dig up your rainbow attire and beaded necklaces — the D.C. Pride Festival is back on Saturday.

This year, the 40th annual celebration  which brings together students, politicians and everyone in between to celebrate LGBT pride — will feature your favorite guilty pleasure musicians performing at the Capitol Concert Stage, from 1990s girl group Wilson Phillips to “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen.

Produced by Capital Pride, the festival is also an opportunity to learn about LGBT history. Before the parade kicks off at 4:30 p.m. at 22nd and P Streets, you can check out a 10 a.m. historic gay walking tour by Dupont Circle to learn about D.C. LGBT movements that date back to the 1960s.

If music and dancing are more your thing, head to the Monument Festival Stage to see drag show cabarets and performances that showcase local artists like the Oasis Dance Company and R&B singer Shenna. At the Dupont Dance tent on 6th and Pennsylvania Avenues, you can spend the day jamming to disc jockey sets by artists like D.C.-based DJ Keenan Orr and U.K.-based DJ Jacq Jill. Pride events are free, but $5 to $20 donations are suggested.

And keep the post-Pride excitement going after-hours. For $20, you can hit up Town Danceboutique’s Pride party at 11 p.m. (and for $40 check out the drag show that will feature “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Violet Chachki). Your favorite concert halls will also be hosting parties — for $15, you can see DJs Matt Bailer and Shea Van Horn at  9:30 Club or headliner DJ Kim Ann Foxman at U Street Music Hall at 10 p.m. for $10. At the retro-themed Underground Throwdown party at Dance Loft on 14th Street, your $30 ticket proceeds will go towards funding Capital Pride.

If you’re still not tired, you can dance until daylight for $35-$40 at the Cherry Fund and Capital Pride Afterhours charity event at Tropicalia. Doors open at 3:30 a.m. to see DJs X Gonzales and Sean Morris spin techno music until 9:30 a.m.

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Monday, May 18, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Early summer concerts calling your name

Drake and The Strokes may be coming to the National Mall this fall, but there are plenty of shows to catch before September. Give yourself a few nights to look forward to early this summer by buying concert tickets before they sell out and you’re stuck shelling out your hard-earned cash on StubHub.

Purity Ring: May 29 (early and late shows) at 9:30 Club
If the eerie intro of “stillness in woe,” the breathy lovesickness of “heartsigh” or the lyrically honest “push pull” don’t convince you to spend May 29 with Purity Ring, nothing will. Every song on their second album, “another eternity” was made to be played live.

The February release received mixed reviews from “a collection of aggressively polyglot dance pop you wouldn’t be surprised to find on Taylor Swift’s iPod” to “stark tracks that find a middle ground between lustrous synth pop and…plush, cavernous hip-hop.”

The Canadian duo is a sparkling gem in a sea of bland electro-indie-pop with its melodious consistency and swelling bridges – and be sure to listen for “Fineshrine” off their 2012 album.

Rusted Root: June 3 at 9:30 Club
Five words: “Send Me On My Way.”

There are few things seemingly lamer than a ‘90s band from Pittsburgh. Rusted Root is part jam-band, part tribal-funk and the band often sings about religion, but its musical oddities are part of its charm. The band took a seven-year hiatus in the mid-2000s before releasing “The Movement” with acoustic songs like “Fossil Man” and “Monkey Pants.”

The band never received national attention like it did after “Send Me On My Way” dropped in 1994, and even then, the song wasn’t a huge hit. It was only after it played in films like “Matilda” in 1996 as well as the first “Ice Age” that Rusted Root earned some acclaim.

A-Trak: June 11 at U Street Music Hall
Alain Macklovitch, also known as A-Trak, is the owner of Fool’s Gold Records, a Brooklyn-based record label that represents artists from Kid Cudi to Duck Sauce to Sweet Valley.

The story goes that when Macklovitch was 22 in 2004, Kanye West was so impressed by his skills in a London record store that he invited him on his North American tour. Since then, A-Trak has mixed for MSTRKRFT, Lupe Fiasco and Boys Noize. His shows are massive parties and his beats sound like Major Lazer but a little smoother and like Skrillex with a little more hip-hop.

And with lyrics like, “Got your bitch flipping like a gymnast/She told me take your glasses off but she looks horrendous,” how could you not be charmed?

Best Coast: June 16 at 9:30 Club
There are plenty of good reasons to stay in D.C. over the summer, but sand between your toes is not one of them. Insert Best Coast, the lo-fi duo that radiates sunshine and seems to wear a faint, California kush perfume everywhere they go.

Lead singer Bethany Cosentino, whose Instagram reveals her to be a normal twenty-something who loves her cat, Drake and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” puts on a show that feels so intimate, it feels like you’re sitting around her pool in L.A., sipping Bloody Marys and listening to “Know Yourself” over her speakers.

The band released its third full-length album, “California Nights,” two weeks ago. One reviewer compared it to “a needy, narcissistic LA teen in an ironic Avril Lavigne T-shirt who loiters around the house” and a Pitchfork review noted the love-it-or-loathe-it nature of Cosentino’s simple lyrics and guitar riffs. You just have to get it.

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Maybe there’s something in the air, but it seems like the best up-and-coming artists are flocking to D.C. this weekend.

On Friday, start slow with Wolf Alice or take it up a notch with Sharam. Saturday, see sisters 2:54 or a snarky comedy show, and on the first day of March, check out Suuns or try interactive smartphone poetry.

Friday

Wolf Alice Concert: The “Best Breakthrough Artist” at the U.K. Festival Awards is fronted by Ellie Rowsell, who croons her way through powerful songs while wearing little dresses, bomber jackets and a distinctly focused pout. Wolf Alice defines its sound as “rocky pop,” but sweet songs like the recent release “Heavenly Creatures” are not so easily defined.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 7 p.m. $15.

Sharam Concert: This 45-year-old DJ was born in Tehran, Iran and only hit the music scene in a meaningful way in 2009: He collaborated with Kid Cudi on “She Came Along,” which stayed in Bulgaria’s Top 40 for nearly four months. Since then, he’s won a Grammy and played a 10-hour set in Brazil.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10:30 p.m. $12.

Saturday

2:54 and Honeyblood Concert: Sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow were born in Ireland, raised in Bristol and formed their first band together in 2007. They’ve toured with big names like The Big Pink and The xx, and 2:54 has gained a slow but steady following across the pond. Their latest, “Orion,” is a sweeping song reminiscent of the Irish coast: rocky, rebellious and oddly beautiful.
DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. 8:30 p.m. $10.

Humor Me: The Betches of Comedy: The ladies in charge of the snarkiest blog online organized a stand-up night in the District featuring comedians Liza Treyer, Megan Gailey, Sara Armour and Jared Freid. If the evening is anything like “Betches Love This,” it will be full of topical digs at celebrities, political humor and Spring Break diet tips. The blog declared its love for GW back in 2012, citing betchy alumni like Rachel Zoe and Jackie Kennedy.
Sixth & I Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 8 p.m. $20.

Sunday

Suuns Concert: The band is signed to a label called Secretly Canadian and they do, in fact, hail from Montreal. Their latest singles, “2020” and “Edie’s Dream,” are a blend of their rock core, psychedelic sound … and womping. Their simple lyrics and pleasant, if not redundant, beats should melt away your midterm worries.
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 8 p.m. $14.

“Txt” Poetry Project: The D.C. premiere of experimental artist Brian Feldman’s latest endeavor is an interactive poetry experience that examines technological communication through the lens of prose. Attendees are encouraged to bring fully-charged smartphones.
American Poetry Museum at The Center for Poetic Thought, 716 Monroe St. NE. 6:45 p.m. $20.

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As usual, there’s plenty do in D.C. this week: Four must-see shows, the D.C. Independent Film Festival and stand up with Comedy Central star Kyle Kinane.

As you make your way through midterms, be sure to take a break and get off campus.

Monday

Ariel Pink Concert: In 2003, at an Animal Collective show, lo-fi artist Ariel Rosenberg gave a homemade album to the band. Since then, he’s collaborated under Animal Collective’s umbrella on various projects with a beachy, ’70s sound, from a 16-minute song called “Witchhunt Suite for WWIII” to his latest solo album, “Pom Poms.”
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 7 p.m. $20.

Screening of “Deli Man:” Check out this “freshly made documentary” about the 160-year history of Jewish delicatessens in the United States. Director Erik Greenberg has produced two other films about Jewish culture, but this film about delis from New York to Texas truly gets at the heart of Jewish-American life: Passing corned beef, blintzes and garlic Dill pickles around the table.
JCC of Greater Washington, 125 Montrose Road, Rockville, Md. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Tuesday

Kyle Kinane Stand Up: You already know him as the voice behind Comedy Central’s commercials, but Kinane is also a stand-up comedian and a guest on popular podcasts and “Drunk History,” for which he narrated an episode about the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago. In his televised special, “Whiskey Icarus,” Kinane talks a bit about the ramifications of being delivered an unsliced pizza pie. Fingers crossed he does it again.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. Doors at 7 p.m. $15.

Wednesday

OCD: Moosh & Twist Concert: The hip-hop duo from Philadelphia keeps it real with the single, “How We Do,” playfully explaining that while they call themselves brothers, they actually “met in math class.” Their sound is a goofy take on OFWGKTA style with sweeter lyrics. Stick around for a second show – MK with Beckwith and DJ Nav – which begins at 10 p.m.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. Doors at 7 p.m. $15.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Happy Hour: Hit this cash-only bar for a reminder of the songs your mom used to sing on road trips: The Machine and Devolutionary will DJ alternative ’80s dance music until closing time. There’s no cover charge, and Miss Whiskey’s has a plethora of board games for those not looking to dance.
Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar, 1104 H St. NE. 9 p.m.

Thursday

July Talk Concert: The foursome from Toronto, which has toured with Tegan and Sara and Weezer, slay pop beats like “Paper Girl” and “Guns + Ammunition” with a rough rock n’ roll edge. They’ll will be on tour all summer, but be sure to catch them before they blow up.
DC9 Nightclub, 1940 9th St. NW. Doors at 8:30 p.m. $10.

John Nemeth at Hill Country: See the BMA Male Soul Blues Artist of the Year as you munch on barbecue ribs. Nemeth played more than 1,000 shows between 2007 and 2011, but the hardworking Idaho native shows no signs of slowing down after the release of his 2014 album, “Memphis Grease.”
Hill Country, 410 7th St. NW. 9 p.m. Free.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Regina Park.

The second half of February is still frigid, so keep toasty with dinner specials across the District and DJs known for their global sound. Before you chow down, enjoy Mardi Gras even if you’re under 21, or avoid the bar scene and learn to make a real drink at Mixology 101.

Tuesday

Mardi Gras with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band: For those who are not yet 21 but would still like to enjoy the annual Carnival celebrations, The Hamilton is hosting this free concert. Straight from the streets of New Orleans, the Dirty Dozen have been playing together since 1977.
The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free.

Mixology 101: If you’d rather make drinks on Mardi Gras, this one-night-only workshop is for you. Learn to make high-end cocktails from Chad Spangler, who was named the 2012 Best Bartender by the Washington Post Express and the 2013 Most Imaginative Bartender by GQ Magazine.
Chaplin’s, 1501 9th St. NW. 6:30 p.m. $45 in advance, $55 at the door, 21 and older.

Wednesday

Das German at Doner Bistro: Doner Bistro is hosting a “Das German” Party for the Germanophiles in us all. International DJs Dianamatic, Wolfblister, Slammer and IndaNile will be spinning everything from pop and electro to rap – and, of course, it will be in German (auf Deutsch). And who could forget the bier specials?
Doner Bistro, 1654 Columbia Road NW. 7 p.m. Free, 21 and older.

Cutting Agency and Fractal Cat at Gypsy Sally’s: Cutting Agency is an experimental group founded in the District that merges DJ groove with the live-music sound of a five-piece band. The group has shared the stage with big names like Magic!, Ramsey Lewis, Lettuce and others.
Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 Water St. N.W. 7 p.m. $10

Thursday

Chocolate Puma at U Street Music Hall: U Street Music Hall is bringing Gaston Steenskist and René ter Horst, two of the Netherlands’ most celebrated electronic musicians, to the District. The duo, called Chocolate Puma, will collaborate with D.C.’s very own Brad Piff.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10 p.m. $10

Chinese New Year Celebration at The Fainting Goat: For those interested in a little culture with their Chinese food, check out this celebration. Executive chef Nathan Beauchamp will serve a family-inspired dinner consisting of food that’s traditionally eaten for good luck, such as Szechuan goat, clams with XO sauce and steamed bass. Imported Tsingtao beers for $4 will be available, as well as “good luck” cocktails. The Fainting Goat will also have traditional lion dances and kung-fu movie screenings.
1330 U St. NW 6 p.m. $35

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Ease into February by attending a free jazz concert and Sangha meditation session, or take the new month by storm with a Monday evening happy hour and two DJ sets during the week.

And be sure to catch “Pride,” a British film about gay activism in the 1980s, and “Gold,” an Irish film about one man’s enlightening return home.

Monday

Imani-Grace Cooper at The Kennedy Center: This Howard University music major will sing the tunes of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald. Cooper has performed at Blue’s Alley and other local joints, but this will be her first show on the Millennium Stage.
The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 6 p.m. Free.

Late-night brews at Meridian Pint: If you’re not quite ready to let go of the weekend, head to Meridian Pint after dark for half-priced ($3) draft beers. The oddly timed happy hour is a result of Meridian’s meticulous cleaning of the lines that move beer from kegs to cups.
Meridian Pint, 3400 11th St. NW. 11 p.m. to close. 

Tuesday

Sangha Meditation at Sixth & I: Find inner-peace – or at least 30 minutes to yourself – at this meditation session and conversation. Sangha is an ancient Buddhist form of meditation that celebrates “not doing.” Be sure to RSVP online.
Sixth & I Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 5:45 p.m. Free.

Damien Jurado at Rock & Roll Hotel: With the Jan. 21 release of his 11th studio album, Jurado has been on the scene long enough to have grown stale. Instead, his sound has evolved from lo-fi funk to experimental rock, and he continues to switch up his technique.
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. Doors at 7 p.m. $15

Wednesday

“Pride” at NPR Headquarters: Catch this film about gay activists in Margaret Thatcher’s United Kingdom as they fight for union rights in the summer of 1984. The film won the Best British Independent Film award last year, and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
NPR Headquarters, 1111 North Capitol St. NE. 7 p.m. Free.

DJ Sliink at U Street Music Hall: Sliink has shared the stage with A-Trak, Diplo, Skrillex and the like as his up-tempo style and relentless beats keep crowds coming back for more. The New Jersey native has released EPs with major labels like Fool’s Gold and Mad Decent. The show is bound to be wild.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10 p.m. $10

Thursday

Viceroy at the 9:30 Club: While lyrics like “I call you Tuesday night/We have a groovy time” read as the antithesis of another mid-week party anthem, the effect is the same: Viceroy gets the crowd moving. He’s opened for well-known DJs like Diplo, remixed Passion Pit and been featured in music mags from Vice to Nylon to discuss his full-bodied, eclectic sound with hints of disco and funk.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 9 p.m. $15

“Gold” at Capital Irish Film Festival: Solas Nu, the only organization in the United States dedicated to modern Irish arts, will present indie comedy “Gold.” The flick revolves around James Nesbitt, who heads back to his hometown where he finds his ex-wife and daughter still living with the harsh reality of his estrangement.
E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. $6

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You may not be looking forward to the first full week of classes, but there are plenty of ways to let off some steam after lecture.

This week, check out London Grammar in concert, go to a #BlackLivesMatter workshop or jam at Club Heaven and Hell.

Tuesday

John C. Reilly & Friends at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue: John C. Reilly will play musical host in a night of folk, bluegrass and country music. During the “special night of community through music and tradition,” he and some special guests will team up to perform on stage.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 7 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 day of show.

Silence Is Violence Workshop at Capitol Hill: Following the events in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City, theater artists from the D.C. area will gather for a night to respond to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The event will feature poems, monologues and other artistic works by Young Playwrights’ Theater students and members of D.C.’s art community. The event will be open-mic style.
Capitol Hills Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. NW. 7 p.m. Free.

Wednesday

Giraffage at U Street Music Hall: San Francisco producer Charlie Yin has turned bedroom beats into dance floor staples as Giraffage with his R&B remixes and vibe-laden solo tracks.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10 p.m. $15.

Multi-Instrument Open Mic in Adams Morgan: Club Heaven and Hell will provide a drum kit, bass amp, keyboard and PA system for this event, where you can meet some like-minded performers or just jam for a few hours Wednesday night.
Club Heaven and Hell, 2327 18th St. NW. 7 p.m. $5.

Thursday

London Grammar at the 9:30 Club: British electronic pop trio Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic “Dot” Major will hit the 9:30 Club stage with more fans on this side of the pond than ever before. The band made its U.S. television debut on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” a year ago and its classic yet funky songs have been featured in Dior and Sony commercials.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 6 p.m.

Conversation with Artists at The Phillips Collection: Sculptor, photographer and multimedia artist Paul Pfeiffer will sit down with a GW associate professor of art history, Alexander Dumbadze, to discuss his art.
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 6:30 p.m. $20.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Samuel Pfister. 

This weekend, you can catch a metal concert, see a car show or ask Comedy Central writers what it’s like to work alongside Jon Stewart.

Friday

Wings Denied at the Black Cat: Progressive rock band Wings Denied returns to the District after a tour with stops in Athens, Ga., and Chattanooga, Tenn. The group recently released an album, “Mirrors for a Prince,” which will be available at the show.
The Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Doors at 9 p.m. $12

Auto Show at the Walter E. Washington: This Friday marks the beginning of the 2015 Washington Auto Show. Scores of exhibitors will display their latest models as well as classics, plus recent innovations like the Toyota I-Road. Attendees will have the chance to win prizes and meet guests, including D.C. sports figures like NFL legend Charley Taylor and the Capitals’ Brooks Laich.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. $12

Saturday

“The Daily Show” Writers’ Tour: Writers and producers behind “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” will perform so-called “political-ish” comedy. Afterward, audience members can ask questions about the production of the satirical show.
600 I St. NW. Doors at 7 p.m. $20

Architectural Adaptation at The National Building Museum: Be the first to experience the museum’s latest interactive exhibit on the heels of last fall’s wildly popular maze. This exhibit, which opens Saturday, will have more than 60 three-dimensional models suspended from second-floor balconies that Danish architect Bjarke Ingels designed to exhibit his idea of “hedonistic sustainability,” a philosophy that environmentally friendly structures need not be defined by pain and sacrifice.
National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 student admission to exhibitions.

Sunday

Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists at U Street: Bry Bry leads The Apologists, also known as the crooners and screamers behind the laid-back punk band. The band’s first release, “I Learned To Drown Myself Out,” is a take on matters of the heart. They have a strong following in the District.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. Doors at 7 p.m. $15

Choreographers’ Showcase in Maryland: Spend the day at the University of Maryland for the 32nd Annual Choreographers’ Showcase. The afternoon is packed with performances from local choreographers, and finalists will be selected by judges Zvi Gotheiner and Keith Thompson.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, intersection of Stadium Drive and Route 193. 3 p.m. $15 to $25.

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As the semester winds down, go out with a bang by exploring a new exhibit at Freer Gallery or shopping at fashion trucks all weekend.

Saturday

9th Annual Upshur Street Arts and Crafts Fair: Twenty-five local artists will gather in the Petworth neighborhood and D.C. musicians will perform all day, courtesy of Listen Local First D.C., which promotes the city’s music culture. It’s the perfect place to shop for last-minute gifts. Be sure to grab some warm pierogis or goulash soup from Domku between vendors as you take advantage of the balmy December weather.
800 block of Upshur Street. NW. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

Zen, Tea and Chinese Art at Freer Gallery: Check out the opening of the latest exhibit at Freer Gallery of Art, which explores the Chinese roots of Japanese cultural expressions like Zen Buddhism, tea and ink painting. The exhibit aims to synthesize the rich history of these dichotic cultures through ancient paintings and ceramics, and runs until June 2015.
1050 Independence Ave. SW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free.

Sunday

Fashion Truck Market at The Yards Park: So-called mobile boutiques will take over Navy Yard this weekend. This community of entrepreneurs pushed back against restrictions in the food truck-friendly District last spring, and it seems to have found its footing. The event will showcase sellers like Street Boutique, a Parisian-themed shop no bigger than your dorm room.
Tingey and 4th streets. SE. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

Paperhaus at U Street Music Hall: If you missed Kraftwerk last weekend, have no fear: Paperhaus will perform a rendition of the group’s famed “Trans-Euro Express” at U Street Music Hall and host a listening party for their upcoming, self-titled album. The electroclash sound of local duo Alex Tebeleff and Eduardo Rivera is reminiscent of bands like the Talking Heads and the modern psychedelic artists of MGMT.
1115 U St. NW. Doors at 8 p.m. $5.

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