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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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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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

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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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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

“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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

“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.

Thursday

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

Friday

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

Saturday

“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

Sunday

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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

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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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Ruby Lee.

With only three weeks of classes left in the semester (yes, it’s that soon), take advantage of D.C.’s arts scene before the cold weather comes and finals strike.

This weekend’s lineup includes performances like a free show by college-age indie band Jack + Eliza, plus an opening party at FotoWeekDC, a Bollywood film festival and a food market showcasing vendors like Momofuku and Shake Shack.

Thursday

Stars at 9:30 Club: Synth-pop takes center stage at the 9:30 Club as Stars performs a mix of old and new. After releasing their first album over 14 years ago, Stars has maintained a presence in the music industry because of their sonically elaborate and emotionally stirring tracks. Look forward to classics like “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” and “Thunderstruck” as well as songs from their latest album, “No One Is Lost.” Hey Rosetta! will open.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25.



GEMS with Tei Shi and VÉRITÉ at U Street Music Hall: If you’re looking for a night of intoxicating pop and dark vocals, then head over to U Street Music Hall for performances by Gems, Tei Shi and VÉRITÉ. D.C.-based duo GEMS offers dreamlike, heartbreaking pop tracks that bring out your inner existentialist – see their hit “Medusa,” which includes lyrics like “I used to feel so free, the way we used to be, time got away from me.” Follow-up performances by Hype Machine favorites Tei Shi and VÉRITÉ promise layered female vocals and addictive pop hooks. Look forward to Tei Shi’s “Bassically” and VÉRITÉ’s “Strange Enough.” Flash Frequency will DJ between sets.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. 8 p.m. $12.

Friday

Jack + Eliza In-Store Performance at Hill & Dale: New York-based indie duo Jack + Eliza will make an afternoon appearance at Georgetown record store Hill & Dale. Teen Vogue, New York Magazine and Paste Magazine have all noted the sophomores at New York University and Columbia University for their surf-rock revival style. Fans of She & Him and The Beatles will be thrilled with Jack + Eliza’s overlapping vocals and guitars in songs like “Hold The Line” and “Secrets” from their first EP “No Wonders.” Stop by for a free performance and ask them to sign a copy of their EP. If you can’t get enough, check them out as openers for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at the 9:30 Club.
Hill & Dale, 1054 31st St. NW. 4 p.m. Free.



FotoBazaar 2014 Opening Party: Continue FotoWeekDC 2014 festivities with a celebration of local photography and get a sneak peek at FotoBazaar, the District’s massive for-sale gallery. Hosted at FotoBazaar Central, a staggering 25,000-square-foot exhibition space, this Opening Party promises fun for all. Partygoers can look forward to photobooths, live DJs and the chance to meet some of D.C.’s coolest photographers and curators while sipping on drinks from the open bar. All proceeds go to FotoWeekDC, a non-profit organization.
51 N St. NE. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $15 presale and $20 day of. This event is 21+.

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden skating rink. Photo by Flickr user Miranda Celeste Hale under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden skating rink. Photo by Flickr user Miranda Celeste Hale under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Ice Skating at National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden: Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with this quintessential winter tradition. This night will mark the opening of the ice skating rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Glide along the ice as holiday music plays and enjoy the beautiful tree-lined backdrop filled with sculptures. Tip: Check out the rink at night when it’s lit up for the most festive vibe.
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 700 Constitution Ave. NW. Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. $7 admission with student ID. $3 skate rental.

Saturday

Smithsonian Presents: The Beyond Bollywood Film Festival: Part of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s Exhibition “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” the film festival promises both short and feature films for your Bollywood fix. Films range from comedies to dramas, focusing on the lives of Indian immigrants and American Indians. Follow-up discussion with Indian American directors and actors will cover topics like migration, cultural connections and identity within the Indian American community.
National Museum of Natural History, 1000 Constitution Ave. NW. 1 to 9:15 p.m. Free.

The Capital City Showcase: Laugh off work-week stress at The Capital City Showcase, a show dedicated to highlighting the District’s art scene, which will take over The DC Arts Center for a night jam-packed with comedy specials. Capital City promises fun for all in a variety format that features some of the District’s best local performers, including Danny Charnley, Dana Fleitman, Zia Hassan and The Sweater Set.
The DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 10 to 11:30 p.m. $10 online and $15 at the door.

Sunday

TV on the Radio at 9:30 Club: Indie rock favorites TV on the Radio will perform on the eve of the release of their fifth studio album, “Seeds.” Known for their eccentricities, TV on the Radio draws their influence from sources ranging from the Pixies to Nancy Sinatra. The resulting mix of punk, rock, soul and funk guarantees you’ll be on your toes all night. Expect fan favorites like “Wolf Like Me” and “DLZ” along with new songs like “Careful You.” Natasha Kmeto will open.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. $52+ on StubHub.

Pork belly bun from Momofuku, a vendor at Emporiyum. Photo by Flickr user Arnold Gatilao under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Pork belly bun from Momofuku, a vendor at Emporiyum. Photo by Flickr user Arnold Gatilao under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The Emporiyum Food Market: Want to check out the latest it-foods and sample treats like chocolate-dipped pretzel rods or Maine-style lobster rolls? Head over to The Emporiyum Food Market on its final day in D.C. This one-of-a-kind marketplace highlights a mix of delightful new treats. Some of the vendors lined up include Momofuku Milk Bar (known for their enticing Crack Pie), Mast Brothers, Shake Shack, Astro Doughnuts and Taco Bamba Taqueria. A live DJ and cocktail samples are an added bonus. Ticket pays for admission, a complimentary tote and samples, so it’ll only be extra if you want some full-sized treats.
Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20.

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This weekend, you can become an expert in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” a Flip Cup World Series champion and a National Gallery of Art-certified artist.

Well, you better get started.

Thursday

Brews & Banter at Folger Theatre: What motivated Shakespeare to write “Julius Caesar?” Why is it important? And what in the world is the “Ides of March?” Find out at Folger Theatre’s new series, “Brews & Banter,” a pre-show discussion where patrons get a behind-the-scenes look at current plays on the Folger stage. Thursday’s discussion will center on the theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” over beer and snacks (goblet not included). Helen Hayes Award-winning actor Louis Butelli, who plays the role of Cassius, will lead the discussion, so have your questions about the famous political tragedy ready.
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 6:30 p.m. $15

Wayward Broads: Art Show and Opening Night Party: “Wayward Broads” presents 18 art screen prints based on literary, historical and mythological depictions of women, which will be displayed at the Adams Morgan coffeehouse Tryst for one month beginning Nov. 4. The works are by local artist Heidi Phelps, who uses evocative, intricate prints to highlight the ways women like Joan of Arc have been both praised and condemned for acting against the status quo. Stop by the reception Thursday for drink specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres while you contemplate Phelp’s newest creations.
Tryst, 2459 18th St. NW. 7 p.m. Free.

Friday

An exhibit at FotoWeek 2012. Photo by Flickr user Elvert Barnes under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

An exhibit at FotoWeek 2012. Photo by Flickr user Elvert Barnes under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

FOTOWEEKDC Opening Party: The seventh annual FOTOWEEKDC kicks off Friday with an opening party featuring everything you ever really wanted in an art show: Live entertainment by Haerts and Pleasure Curses, an open bar, photobooths, bites from Farmers Fishers Bakers and GRK and the latest and greatest in photography, from the White House News Photographers Association’s “The Eyes of History” to this year’s FotoWeek contest winners. Oh, and you’ll also be donating to the nonprofit FotoWeekDC.
FotoWeekCentral at The Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence, 2801 16th St. NW. 7:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets $55 week of, $65 day of. This is a 21+ event.

Guerrilla Queer Bar: Once a month, The Welcoming Committee brings together hundreds of members of the LGBT community to take over a traditionally straight bar for one night, and aptly calls the event “Guerrilla Queer Bar.” Their mission? To support the LGBT community in the area and use “takeovers” to experience the entire city, and not feel restricted to gay bars.
Venue will be announced the day before the event. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5. This is a 21+ event.

Saturday

Drawing Salon at the National Gallery of Art: Perfect your sketching skills at the National Gallery of Art’s monthly workshop, where practicing artists and museum educators lead a discussion and sketching session based on works from the museum’s collection. This month’s topic is Venetian painter Titian, known for his portraits. The session is free, and all art materials are provided. Make sure to complete the required registration online.
National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Free, registration required.

McFadden's will host the World Series of Flip Cup. Photo by Flickr user J R under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

McFadden’s will host the World Series of Flip Cup. Photo by Flickr user J R under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

World Series of Flip Cup: It might not come as a surprise that the ninth annual World Series of Flip Cup tournament will be held at Foggy Bottom bar McFadden’s. But did you know players get unlimited beer with registration? Register your team of six to eight players ($40 per player) online and face off against other self-proclaimed champs of America’s favorite drinking game. If you want to join a team but skip the alcohol, don’t worry – participants are encouraged to use water during the game.
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 1 to 5 p.m. $40 per player. This is a 21+ event.

Sunday

Mansions on the Moon at The Hamilton: Emerging songwriting trio Mansions on the Moon fuses electronic, indie pop and ambient rock sounds, creating a unique blend of influences. Since forming three years ago, the group has toured with artists like Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa, released a mixtape with Diplo and produced Mac Miller’s chart-topping track “PA Nights.” Catch the group, which released a self-titled album just last month, at The Hamilton. The Walking Sticks will open.
The Hamilton Live, 600 14th St. NW. 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets $14 to $17.

Rusko at U Street Music Hall: Ambient rock not your style? Head to U Street Music Hall to hear dubstep artist Rusko’s upbeat, raunchy sounds. The English artist, known for tracks with bass-heavy beats and stabs of synth like “Cockney Thug” and “Woo Boost,” recently released his latest EP, “!” Smalltown DJs and Mathias will open.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10:15 p.m. $20.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Jeanine Marie.

There’s more to do this Halloweekend than dress up and gorge on candy.

If you need a break from the Halloween madness, dance to Smallpools, jazz and The Glitch Mob, munch shish kabobs at a local beer garden or take the Metro to King Street for photography “beyond the print” at Torpedo Factory Art Center instead.

Thursday

Free Wine and Cheese Tasting at Sonoma: Get the weekend started with a classier afternoon snack than fall ale and Peanut Butter Cups at Sonoma Bar & Restaurant. Known for its California cuisine, the restaurant keeps customers toasty with a fireplace and its extensive wine list. Local cheesemakers will share free samples to end National American Cheese Month the right way.

Sonoma Bar & Restaurant, 223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free, 21+ event.

Lettuce at the 9:30 Club: The old-school group with a ’70s soul will celebrate its 20th year as a band at the 9:30 Club. Lettuce has played alongside hardcore rappers like Wu-Tang Clan and Schoolboy Q, but has always stayed true to its smooth songs and funky Brooklyn roots.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors at 8 p.m. $20.

Friday

Smallpools at the 9:30 Club: This early show featuring the alt-pop sounds of Smallpools and the mellow-electro melody of opener Magic Man is the perfect party-starter for later Halloween plans. Smallpools is best known for its not-so-sleepy song “Dreaming,” which was featured on the FIFA 2014 soundtrack, but you may have heard The Chainsmokers Remix before the original tune.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors at 5 p.m. $18.

After-Hours Costume Party at Fantom Comics: Attend a Halloween soirée with an unusual theme, “gender-bending comic book characters.” Fantom Comics’ new location in Dupont Circle will host a cash bar with happy hour-priced drinks and a costume contest, in which cross-dressing and gender-bending are highly encouraged.
Fantom Comics, 2010 P St. NW. 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. This is a 21+ event.

Saturday

Fish ‘n’ Shhhish! at Dacha Beer Garden: Start November with a celebration dedicated not to pumpkin spice or apple cider, but fish peppers, a historical, spicy “secret ingredient” and a 19th-century mutation of the serrano pepper. The event is promoted by City Blossoms, a community youth organization with a focus on urban farming, and proceeds will go to its Harvest Campaign. Besides the great cause, Fish n’ Shhhish! is a great excuse to grab a beer, munch on Dacha’s shish kabobs and spend some time outside before the cold weather hits for good.
Dacha Beer Garden, 1600 7th St. NW. 1 to 6 p.m.

U Street Jazz Jam at Dukem Restaurant and Bar: For late-night Ethiopian eats and live jazz music, there’s no place better than Dukem. The menu features Ethiopian specialties like sambusas, crispy pastries with veggie or meat filling and kifto, minced marinated beef often served with traditional flatbread. There’s plenty of time to dance off calories from the ethnic cuisine: Dukem stays open until 3 a.m. on Saturdays.
Dukem Restaurant and Bar, 12th and U Streets. NW. Doors at 10 p.m., show at 11 p.m.

Sunday

Inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Photo by Flickr user roman.petruniak under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Photo by Flickr user roman.petruniak under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Post-Photography Exhibit at Torpedo Factory Art Center: Take the Blue Line to King Street to see photography with a material twist. The 14 American artists used glass, fabric and wood to experiment with storytelling through photographs. Torpedo Factory Art Center is a nonprofit organization and home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the country. The exhibition is on display until Nov. 30.
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St., Alexandria, Va. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Glitch Mob at Echostage: Unapologetic and intense, The Glitch Mob will take over Echostage with futuristic dance tracks like “We Can Make the World Stop” and “Can’t Kill Us.” Mob began in 2006 as a hodgepodge of Los Angeles-based DJs and has since developed a more singular sound and identity with its latest album, “Love Death Immortality.” Mob’s songs have the catchiness of Deadmau5 and a quirkiness like that of Die Antwood, and the show is sure to get your heart racing.
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road. NE. Doors at 7 p.m. $27.50.

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