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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Isobel Mohyeddin.

This weekend, don’t miss your opportunity to sample new food, get out of the District and hear some unique tunes.


Sinatra at 100 Exhibit
Start off your weekend with some jazz. In honor of the legend’s 100th birthday, the American History Museum is opening an exhibit of Frank Sinatra’s life and career entitled “Frank Sinatra at 100.” The display pays tribute to Sinatra’s contribution to the American music industry by showcasing iconic items and portrait photography highlighting the iconic singer’s achievements in jazz, pop, as well as his film career.

14th St and Constitution Ave, NW 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free to the public.


Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Get excited for Thanksgiving early with the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade this Saturday. Travel out to Silver Spring, Md. this weekend to catch a parade full of massive balloons, floats and other marching groups (including the Washington Redskins Marching Band) in support of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District.

Begins in downtown Silver Spring, Md. at Ellsworth Drive and Veterans Place at 10 a.m.


U Street & Shaw Neighborhood Food Tour
Finish off the weekend with a trip around some of D.C.’s coolest areas. This culinary tour will take you through the neighborhood of U Street and Shaw. Along the way, you’ll learn about the culture and the history of the area all while sampling some of the local food.

Tour begins at 11:30 a.m. across from U Street Metro Station, exact address given at time of ticket purchase. Tickets range from $68 to $89.

Macy Gray
The five-time Grammy nominee is known for her raspy vocals reminiscent of Billie Holiday. On hits like “I Try,” Gray mixes R&B, soul and pop. Her latest album “The Way” features uplifting tracks about female independence and overcoming drug addiction.

The Howard Theater. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $35.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Max McCrory.

Sleep is overrated. Instead, spend your weekend sampling food, ice skating and dancing at the Verizon Center.

Take your favorite form of procrastination to the next level. The Internet Cat Video Festival, a compilation of about 100 of the cutest and funniest cat clips pulled from the web, makes its way to D.C. this weekend. The festival also will also feature events with local cat rescues.

American Film Institute Silver Spring Theatre. 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. Thursday through Sunday. Tickets cost $7 to $12.

Calling all foodies. The all-day, Emporiyum, is running at Union Market on Saturday and Sunday. It features more than 80 restaurants and chefs from all over the world, including the recently opened Milk Bar, Luke’s Lobster and District Doughnuts (who doesn’t love a good doughnut?).

Dock 5 at Union Market. 1309 5th St. NE from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $40.

If you want to burn off all of those calories that you just ate at the Emporiyum, then head over to the National Gallery. Their annual ice skating rink in the Sculpture Garden opens this Saturday to kick off the holiday season.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. 6th and Constitution avenues. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 with your student ID. Skate rental is $3.50.

End your weekend with some tunes. The Weeknd, who gave us the summer hit “Can’t Feel My Face” is coming to D.C. After dancing the whole night, you’ll feel refreshed to start the week again.

Verizon Center. 601 F St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $46.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter John Glasfeld.

Midterms are over, so it’s time to treat yourself with a relaxing weekend full of films, beer, tunes and some of the best photography that D.C. has to offer.

Open to the public from Friday to Sunday, the Alexandria Film Festival showcases the cream of the filmmaking crop. Come in at any time of day to see a plethora of short films from local, national and international independent filmmakers. There’s also plenty of time to meet and chat with the directors themselves.

Beatly Central Library. 5005 Duke St, Alexandria, Va. from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and AMC Hoffman Theater. 206 Swamp Fox Rd, Alexandria, Va. from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Assuming that you’re at least 21, the D.C. Beer festival is this weekend’s real hotspot. This Saturday only, Nationals Park is home to dozens of independent and unique craft breweries. For $40 per person, come for the beer and stay for the food trucks, lawn games and disc jockey sets.

1500 S Capitol St. SE from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you’re in the mood for more than brews , then you can head over to the Lincoln Theater to hear a classic rocker, The Pretenders’ guitarist and singer Chrissie Hynde. After listening through her latest solo album “Stockholm,” don’t miss the chance to let Hynde’s music wash over you, letting her break and then rebuild your heart after every song.

1215 U St. at 6:30pm.

You can end the weekend with some calm and contemplative photography. FotoweekDC, the District’s annual festival to showcase photography is back. With exhibits scattered at venues across the District, from the Newseum to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, you can view images that capture human emotion, history and culture. Entry to festival events is $6.

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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.


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.


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.


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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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Emily Holland.

Kick off the first weekend of February with a free concert, a free art festival and free chocolate. And your weekend doesn’t have to end on Saturday night. Sunday features a resurrected cocktail bar and a killer DJ set.


Free Concert Series by Washington City Paper at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art: Two bands will take over the Smithsonian Museum of American Art on Friday. Part of Washington City Paper’s concert series, indie-pop group Art Sorority for Girls and rock band lowercase letters will play back-to-back shows. There will be snacks at the museum and free beer tastings.
Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Eighth and F streets NW. 6 p.m., Free, All ages.

Datsik: Ninja Nation Tour at Echostage: Producer Datsik brings his tour to Echostage along with special guests, including Waka Flocka Flame. The night is sure to be filled with new DJ mixes, but maybe Waka Flocka will pull out those old favorites like “Hard in Da Paint” and “No Hands.”
Echostage, 2135 Queens Road NE. 9 p.m., $30, 18 and older.


Chocolate Lover’s Festival in Old Town Fairfax: This annual festival kicks off its first day on Saturday and is a hot spot for chocolate lovers from the District. Sample all kinds of chocolate and other sweets like cake and brownies. And if you’re stumped about what to get that special someone for Valentine’s Day, you can even pick up some chocolate to go.
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, Va. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PRAVA Fest at Pike & Rose: PRAVA Fest, a winter arts festival, features local artists as well as artists from New York, Boston and abroad for a night of performances and artistic expression. The festival is an immersive, multi-sensory experience and free to the public with an online RSVP.
Pike & Rose, 11580 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, Md. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Free.


Animal Collective DJ Set at U Street Music Hall: Head to U Street for a DJ set straight from the fellas of Animal Collective. Members Deakin, Geologist and Avery Tare will spin through the night in U Hall’s dark basement.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10 p.m., $10.

The Passenger In Exile Pop-Up at Bar 7: Hit cocktail bar The Passenger closed its doors Jan. 1, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. Though the bar is on hiatus after shutting down its location in Mount Vernon Square, in the interim, various “The Passenger in Exile” parties will pop up across the city. The first will take place this Sunday at Bar 7, and you won’t want to miss the return of The Passenger’s signature cocktails.
Bar 7, 1015 1/2 Seventh St. NW. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Everly Jazi.

End your first week back on campus with a quiet couple days of yoga and a book discussion. And from a smaller concert of talented local bands to icy fun with friends, there are a ton of ways to get off of Foggy Bottom.


Teen Mom DIY Show: Local band Teen Mom will play a house show at the Bathtub Republic along with Brooklyn band Honey Wild and D.C. group Big Hush. Big Hush will start the night with crisp dream pop tracks and strong guitar riffs, alluding to Teen Mom’s soft, pop-influenced tracks, while Honey Wild will take it back to surf rock days.
The Bathtub Republic, 3119 11th St. NW, 8 p.m. $5. 

Questlove DJ Set: Questlove is best known for playing drums in The Roots. But since his start with the band, Questlove has produced multiple albums, written a notable memoir and appeared on television shows and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” Late this Friday night at The Howard Theatre, Questlove will put on a DJ set with his collection of over 50,000 vinyl records sure to get everyone dancing.
The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW, 10 p.m. $20.


Ice Yards: A winter wonderland will be waiting for you and your friends at The Yards Park near the Navy Yard Metro station. Just like the summer favorite Splash Yards, Ice Yards will feature activities for adults including live music and DJ sets, ice bars, fire pits and even hot tubs. Spend the day at this snowy village and forget about the cold.
The Yards Park, Third and Water streets SE, 2 p.m. Free. This event is 21+.

Scott Timberg Book Discussion: Scott Timberg, a culture writer and former arts journalist, will discuss the decline of traditional media. The digitization of music, books and other mediums has led to economic challenges that Timberg believes could make our society less creative. His book focuses on the familiar Los Angeles arts scene, a collaborative environment for many creative artists.
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 6 p.m. Free.


Katherine Meloan Concert: New York organist Katherine Meloan will play at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday. Meloan, who was awarded the Bronson Ragan Award for musical performance, will play the Cathedral’s 10,650-pipe great organ.
Washington National Cathedral, 5:15 p.m. $10.

Bike Rack Sunday Yoga: Local sports shop The Bike Rack will host a Sunday evening vinyasa yoga class for all experience levels. End your week on a relaxing note with fellow D.C. yogis, and strengthen your focus (and patience) for the semester to come.
The Bike Rack, 1412 Q St. NW, 6 p.m. $5.

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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.


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.


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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This post was written by Hatchet reporters Jeanine Marie and Rachel Miklaszewski.

This week is all about de-stressing, from a Hispanic film festival featuring award-winning works to holiday-themed bashes and a concert with a drag queen DJ. Plus, Beyoncé’s choreographer is in town to help you dance away the finals funk.


Pleasurekraft at U Street Music Hall: Pleasurekraft is a collaborative group that plays clubs around the country, and they’ve worked with DJs from Deadmau5 to Sasha & Digweed. They are best known for 2012’s “Tarantula” and a series of remixes of the same name. Their latest release, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” is a four-song album that features a light touch of EDM, masterfully blended techno beats and surprising instruments, like maracas.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. Doors at 10 p.m. Free before 11 p.m. for 21+, $15 otherwise.

Promotional poster for "Mapa."

Promotional poster for “Mapa.”

La Nueva Ola: Films from Mexico, Cuba & Spain: This four-day filmfest, presented by GALA Hispanic Theatre and the Spanish and Mexican embassies, begins with a screening of two acclaimed Hispanic films. Director Susan Casares will present her 14-minute short film, “Tryouts,” winner of the Official Selection of the 2014 SPAINred Filmmakers Competition, followed by a screening of “Mapa,” a full-length feature and “Best Documentary” winner at the 2012 Sevilla Film Festival.
GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation.


“Come in From the Cold” exhibition: Attend the opening reception of the new juried exhibit at the Foundry, a gallery that features paintings and drawings from artists in the D.C. area. This month’s selections relate to the winter months, celebrating both the cold outside and the refuge of the warm inside.
The Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St. NW. Reception 6 to 8 p.m. Free.

HOMO for the Holidays: JD Samson, a drag queen DJ best known as a member of underground electro-feminist group Le Tigre, and indie-drag queen Pu$$y Noir will kick off the holiday season with groovy music and scandalous dance moves. The event is hosted by Brightest Young Things and will be filled with “Mean Girls” references, candy cane pasties and lots of glitter. Holiday attire is strongly encouraged.
Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. Doors at 8 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 night of.


Dance Like Beyoncé: James Alsop, dance choreographer for stars like Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Lopez and Queen Bey herself, will hold three-hour-long dance workouts Saturday afternoon. The workout does not guarantee it will “Upgrade U” to flat abs or a perfectly sculpted booty, but it’s definitely a good way to de-stress and spend time with the notoriously sassy choreographer. Alsop’s recent work is featured in “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé and “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez feat. Iggy Azalea. Be sure to RSVP online because space at the pop-up studio is limited.
Cedric Terrell Studio, 415 Walker Ct. SE. Sessions available noon to 1 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. Free.

Rockin’ the Holidays with GMCW: Wear your best (worst) holiday sweater to The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s annual holiday concert. GMCW will perform classic tunes like “Little Drummer Boy” and “Hallelujah” with their signature choral twist. The Washington Post called the group “one of the world’s best male choruses,” and with an invitation like “don we now our gay apparel,” how could you not?
The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $25 to $59.


“Thank You” Classes at Ride DC: Skip pricey Soul Cycle and crowded HelWell for a day of cheap(er) indoor cycling at Ride DC. The studio is celebrating its first year of business with 45-minute classes for just $12. Burn calories, save money and give yourself another great excuse to avoid Gelman Library.
2217 14th St. NW. Classes begin at 10 a.m. $12 per class.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at 9:30 Club: You may not recognize his name, but 28-year-old jazz artist Troy Andrews, a.k.a Trombone Shorty, has been touring the globe since he was 12 years old. The Louisiana native hit the road with Lenny Kravitz as a teenager, played at the White House in 2012 and took the stage at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Shorty blends his smooth jazz roots with strains of funk and hip-hop to make creative, world-renowned beats with his ensemble, Orleans Avenue, which played at Lollapalooza this year.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 8 p.m. $35

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Being stuck in D.C. for Thanksgiving break doesn’t have to be a bad thing. With holiday events like a Thanksgiving dance party and tree lightings, the District might actually be one of the best places to spend the holiday.

Plus, with a life-size gingerbread house, Zoolights at the National Zoo and a Relient K concert, this weekend offers plenty of opportunities to let out your inner kid.


Dig in on Thanksgiving classics at The Black Squirrel. Photo by Flickr user David Goehring under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Dig into Thanksgiving classics at The Black Squirrel. Photo by Flickr user David Goehring under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

1940’s-themed Thanksgiving Dance Party: The Kennedy Center presents “A Night at the Stork Club,” a 40s-themed swing dance party where guests can jam to music by crooner Johnny Boyd (and burn off that Thanksgiving food coma in the process). Head over early for free swing dance lessons at 6 p.m., and stick around for the dance party at 7 p.m.
Millenium Stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW. Dance lessons at 6 p.m., party from 7 to 9 p.m. Free

“Thank You Thanksgiving” at The Black Squirrel: For a Thanksgiving meal minus the cost and hours of preparation, head to The Black Squirrel for the pub’s sixth annual “Thank You Thanksgiving.” You’ll find a full buffet of Turkey Day classics like stuffing, mashed potatoes and even pumpkin beer, all for just $7 per guest. You can start noshing at noon, but the pub won’t close until 2 a.m., so there’s plenty of time for late-night eats. Friendsgiving, anyone?
The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW. Noon to 2 a.m. $7


Life-size gingerbread house unveiling: Instead of spending hours frosting a store-bought gingerbread house only to have it collapse into a sugary mess, visit the Ritz Carlton’s annual life-size gingerbread house, which will be unveiled at Tysons Corner on Friday. While you marvel at your childhood dream, sip some hot spiced cider or hot cocoa provided by the hotel. The house, constructed by the Ritz Carlton pastry team, will be on display through Jan. 2.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, third-floor lobby, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, Va. Opens 4 p.m., Nov. 28, on view through Jan. 2. Free

Zoolights at the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user cliff1066 under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Zoolights at the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user cliff1066 under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Zoolights at the National Zoo: Starting Friday night, the National Zoo will become a winter wonderland replete with over 500,000 LED lights for the annual “Zoolights” celebration. The zoo will offer guests two 150-foot snow-tubing tracks ($3 per ride), a “Gin-GRR-bread Habitat Competition” with the theme “Bao Bao’s Blizzard Bash” and live musical performances. As you unleash your inner child, the zoo will serve older guests special winter treats, like spiked hot chocolate and mulled cider, to remind you of your real age. Can’t make it to the opening? Come back any night through Jan. 1 (excluding Dec. 24, 25 and 31) to get in on the festivities.
The National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 28 through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Free


“Feverland” exhibit at Project 4: Saturday is the last day to see “Feverland,” a solo exhibit at Project 4 Gallery by D.C. local and Maryland Institute College of Art instructor Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann. With her paintings – patterned, emotive collages of color – Mann aims to celebrate the “connections and clashes” of differing elements in the world. Her thought-provoking work has diverse sources of inspiration, from Beijing opera costuming to lattice-work and sequins, making her exhibit a treat to both the eye and the mind.
Project 4 Gallery, 1353 U St. NW, No. 302. Open noon to 6 p.m. Free

CityCenter First Annual Holiday Tree Lighting: Didn’t win tickets to the National Christmas Tree Lighting? Don’t worry. Head to CityCenter for its first annual holiday tree lighting and help start a new tradition. The event will feature warm holiday drinks, like hot cocoa from RareSweets and tea from Mango Tree, and a live performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of D.C. CityCenter will collect nonperishable food items for D.C. Central Kitchen, and those who donate will be entered in a raffle to win prizes from CityCenter retailers.
The Park at CityCenterDC, 825 10th St. NW. 6 p.m. Free


Relient K 10th Anniversary Tour: If you’re still not done reminiscing about your childhood this weekend, you’ve got one last chance. The Fillmore will host rock band Relient K’s 10th anniversary concert Sunday, celebrating the 2004 album “Mmhmm.” Don’t even try to pretend you don’t remember every word to hits like “Be My Escape” and “Must Have Done Something Right.”
The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md. 8 p.m. $30

MSTRKRFT at U Street Music Hall: If you’d rather jam out to some more recent tunes, head over to U Street Music Hall for a DJ set by MSTRKRFT (pronounced Master-craft). But don’t be late. The late-night concert is free, and tickets will be handed out at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. The duo behind MSTRKRFT experiment with house, hip-hop, grime and punk beats to create a grungy yet upbeat sound, like in “Heartbreaker” and “Work On You.”
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10 p.m. Free

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Weekend Outlook: Escape from the cold

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Nadia Meher-Zaman.

Cold weather got you down? Though weekends no longer include beer gardens, picnics or rooftop bars, there’s still plenty to do.

Take a look at our guide to this weekend’s indoor events, from music acts like Dillon Francis to a dance performance and free film screening, and get into the holiday spirit without the chill.


Brian Posehn at the Black Cat: Kick off the weekend with comedian and actor Brian Posehn at the Black Cat. Known for his humorous stories about stoners, his role as Brian Spukowski on “The Sarah Silverman Program” and his unmistakeable beard, Posehn offers the perfect stress-free zone after a long week.
Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Doors at 8 p.m. $20

The NPR Headquarters. Photo by Flickr user Joe Loong under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The NPR Headquarters. Photo by Flickr user Joe Loong under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

NPR’s All Crafts Considered: NPR will host the annual holiday arts and crafts sale at its D.C. headquarters, where you can purchase handmade gifts from over 50 local vendors, including NPR employees themselves. While you peruse, you’ll also enjoy live music, food and refreshments. Just be sure to reserve a ticket online before you head out.
NPR Headquarters, 1111 North Capitol St. SE. 3 to 8 p.m. Free.


Dillon Francis at Echostage: Don’t miss rising EDM star Dillon Francis as he DJs his debut album, “Money Sucks, Friends Rule,” at Echostage. From the reggae-influenced track “We Make it Bounce” to Middle Eastern-infused “Get Low,” the artist has something for every taste. Just don’t forget your kandi bracelets.
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. Doors at 9 p.m. $35

Ballet with Loni Landon at American Dance Institute: This thought-provoking performance at the American Dance Institute features new works by Runqiao Du, a world-renowned dancer from Shanghai, alongside the Juilliard-trained Loni Landon. Inspired by an intricate 3D sculpture of a single body with two heads, this ballet performance explores the roles that individuals have in society and the idea of multiple identities.
American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson St., Rockville, Md. 8 p.m. $16.25 with student ID


Jesse Boykins III. Photo by Flickr user Thijs Ros under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Jesse Boykins III. Photo by Flickr user Thijs Ros under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Jesse Boykins III at U Street Music Hall: Enter the musical world of Jesse Boykins III, who will mix trippy instrumental beats with soulful vocals at U Street Music Hall. He’ll play R&B vibes and smooth, experimental electronica sounds from his newest LP, “Love Apparatus.” DJ Underdog will open.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets $18 online, $22 at door

Belinda Rathbone Book Event at Politics & Prose: Art lovers and curious minds alike are invited to meet Belinda Rathbone, the daughter of Perry Rathbone, who headed the Museum of Fine Arts when it smuggled a painting by Raphael into the U.S. from a shady Italian art dealer. Stop by Politics & Prose and solve this art mystery one step at a time with Rathbone’s in-depth, informative account.
Politics & Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 1 p.m. Free


Promotional poster for "Evolution of a Criminal."

Promotional poster for “Evolution of a Criminal.”

“Evolution of a Criminal” free screening: Catch a free film screening of “Evolution of a Criminal,” which follows the transformation of real-life criminal Darius Monroe from a care-free teenager to a terrorizing thief. The true plot twist? Monroe directed the film himself. Brace yourself for an evening of drama: This flick goes beyond clichéd plots of a good kid gone bad.
Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 5 to 7 p.m. Free

Holiday sale at The Mansion on O Street: Beat the holiday rush and head over to The Mansion on O Street, a luxury hotel with an antique interior, to buy unique gifts for your friends and family, from antiques and jewelry to home furnishings, art and sculpture. Don’t forget to bring your own shopping bag to this eco-friendly event, where all proceeds benefit the O Street Museum Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence program.
The Mansion on O Street, 2020 O St. NW. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free

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