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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Ruby Lee.

Kickstart the holiday season with Halloween-inspired races, a lottery for tickets to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and a spooky Edgar Allen Poe reading, plus live entertainment in dance, theater and music.


The reading will include Edgar Allen Poe classics like "The Raven." Photo by Flickr user Kevin Burkett under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The reading will include Edgar Allen Poe classics like “The Raven.” Photo by Flickr user Kevin Burkett under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

CultureBlast: Once Upon A Midnight Dreary…: Celebrate the spookiest time of year with a marathon reading of Edgar Allen Poe classics like “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven.” Sponsored by Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe and Grill and Hillyer Art Space, the evening promises to be a celebration of all things spine-tingling. Poe-themed costumes are encouraged, though not required, but the best costume gets a mystery prize. Bonus: Wine and beer will be available for the over-21 set. Books are also for sale, so if you can’t drink, you can at least snag a copy of Poe’s work.
Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Ct. NW. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Kaytranada with Teklun and DJ Kidd Marvel at U Street Music Hall: On the rise with no signs of slowing down, the Canadian DJ Kaytranada brings his electric, hip-hop infused beats to U Street for a night full of both original tracks and bootleg remixes. Originally from Montreal, Kaytranada has made a name for himself through releases like “Leave Me Alone” (feat. Shay Lia)” and “Talk is Cheap (Kaytranada Flip)” on YouTube and Soundcloud. The 21-year-old cites a variety of genres like disco, house and R&B as influences, so expect an eclectic sound that’ll get you grooving. Teklun and DJ Kidd Marvel open.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10 p.m. $20. Must be 18 or older.


Alice Russell & Yuna featuring Hollie Cook at Lisner Auditorium: Spend the night listening to a trio of talent as Alice Russell, Yuna and Hollie Cook take center stage at Lisner. All three women spotlight their internationally acclaimed voices with songs sure to please. Alice Russell dazzles with her soulful voice and rhythmic beats, both found in her latest release “Breakdown,” while Malaysian pop star Yuna will likely revive hits like “Lullabies” and “Rescue.” Hollie Cook, a London native, makes her D.C. debut with performances from her latest EP “Twice.”
Lisner Auditorium. 8 p.m. $25 to $30.

Dance Theatre of Harlem at Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Dance Theatre of Harlem makes its return this season to Shakespeare Theatre Company. The company focuses on its reputation as a multi-cultural dance institution, presenting racially diverse dancers who perform at the highest level. Friday marks opening night in the District, followed by three additional shows planned during the weekend.
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 8 p.m. $35 to $50.

The National Christmas Tree 2013. Photo by Flickr user Tim Evanson under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The National Christmas Tree in 2013. Photo by Flickr user Tim Evanson under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Ticket Lottery for National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: The National Park Service and National Park Foundation begin distributing tickets for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony through an online lottery system Friday at 10 a.m., proving it’s never too early to think about Christmas. Watch President Barack Obama celebrate the holidays Dec. 4, which will mark the ceremony’s 91st year. The lottery closes Oct. 20, so make sure not to miss this chance for a truly unique D.C. tradition. The lucky winners will be notified starting Nov. 3.
Lottery opens at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17 through Monday, Oct. 23. Apply online or call 1-877-444-6777 for tickets.


Toast at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop: Get engaged with “Toast,” a participatory performance act that calls on the audience to help brainstorm scientific inventions. Performers explore discovery in the two-hour show, asking audience members for suggestions. It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll end up on stage, with the audience contributing up to 80 percent of the show’s content. The performance focuses on the networks that weave people together. Check out the last show Saturday.
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 7:30 p.m. $16.82 with student identification.

SoMo featuring Francesco Yates and Dunson at The Fillmore: Known for recent songs like “Ride” and “Kings & Queens (Throw It Up),” SoMo will host the next stop of his tour Saturday at The Fillmore. The concert will mostly feature songs from his latest album, “SoMo.” Go for a night full of calm beats and smooth vocals as SoMo belts out hooks sure to stay with you long after the concert ends. Francesco Yates and Dunson will open.
The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. 8 p.m. $30.50.

Spook Hill Cider & Wine Run: Head over to the historic town of Burkittsville, Md., the site of horror classic “The Blair Witch Project,” for the second annual Spook Hill Cider and Wine 4-Mile Run. Get ready for a looped, mixed course of road and cross country, which offers magnificent and magnificently creepy views of orchards, vineyards and cemeteries. The race begins on legendary, haunted Spook Hill. Want to hear more about the scariness? Read up about the lore surrounding Spook Hill.
Burkittsville Ruritan, 500 East Main St., Burkittsville, Md. 8:30 a.m. $30.


Indie-rock group Bombay Bicycle Club. Photo by Flickr user Paul Hudson under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Indie-rock group Bombay Bicycle Club. Photo by Flickr user Paul Hudson under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Bombay Bicycle Club at 9:30 Club: Indie-rock fans are in for a treat as Bombay Bicycle Club takes the stage at 9:30 Club. The British group’s trademark aesthetic remains true in its most ambitious project yet. The band’s newest album, “So Long, See You Tomorrow,” took a year to record before its release last February. Look forward to new offerings like “Luna” and “Carry Me” along with all-time favorites like “Shuffle” and “Always Like This.” Milo Greene and Luxley will open.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Evita at the Kennedy Center: Experience some of theater’s most awe-inspiring music at the last night of “Evita” at the Kennedy Center. This Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of Eva, a young woman from the slums of Argentina, and her political rise to become First Lady. Songs include “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and “High Flying, Adored.”
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $39.

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Whether you’re looking to take your mind off midterms or are ready to get into the Halloween spirit, here are this weekend’s best events from festivals to bar crawls to inspirational speeches.


Big Wave Rider Greg Long speaks at National Geographic: Competitive surfer Greg Long nearly drowned in 2012 while surfing off the coast of California. Though he returned to surfing as soon as he recovered physically, the traumatic experience left him with emotional damage that would take years to heal. Long, who was named one of the National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year in 2013, will speak about his struggle to overcome self-doubt and return to the waves.
National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium, 1145 17th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. $24.

Matt Bai speaks at Barnes and Noble: As a former New York Times reporter and current Yahoo! News political columnist, Matt Bai has seen his fair share of presidential scandals. In his new book, “All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid,” Bai looks at the Gary Hart sex scandal of of the 1980s, exploring the turning point when officials’ personal lives gained a foothold in politics.
Bethesda Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md. 7 p.m. Free.



Rock duo JEFF The Brotherhood. Photo by Flickr user Alterna2 under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

JEFF The Brotherhood plays at Rock & Roll Hotel: Garage rock duo JEFF The Brotherhood will hit the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel. The Nashville-bred brothers, who have played with Ty Segall and Best Coast and have been featured on NPR, BBC and SPIN, are known for their summer-splashed, psychedelic tunes.
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 9 p.m. $15.

Art Walk in the Glen Echo Park: With a new photography exhibit, still-life paintings and silversmithing, Glen Echo Park is home to a vibrant community of artists. Tap into your inner artist at the park’s free Art Walk, which features glass studio work, stone carvings, Latin dance performances and art classes.
Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md. 6 p.m. Free.


Columbia Heights Day: This one-day-only festival will highlight locals with eclectic talents, from artists to jewelers to musicians who will perform live sets. The festival will play host to old-school festival fun like moon bounces, bocce, dunk tanks and pie-eating contests, along with dozens of vendors from Capital Kombucha to Rita’s Water Ice and the Peace Corps. Bouncing off the idea of Adams Morgan Day, the festival began in 2007 as a way to celebrate the Columbia Heights community.
Columbia Heights, 11th St. NW and Harriet Tubman School Yard. 11 a.m. Free.

Mark Bittman, author of "How to Cook Everything," will speak about his latest book Saturday. Photo by Flicker user Tim Sackton under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Mark Bittman, author of “How to Cook Everything,” will speak about his latest book Saturday. Photo by Flicker user Tim Sackton under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Mark Bittman at Lisner Auditorium: If you’re hoping to impress your crush with a home-cooked meal or just searching for the quickest breakfast recipe to make it to that 8 a.m. class, look no further. Mark Bittman, the lead New York Times Magazine food writer will come to campus to talk about his newest book, “How to Cook Everything Fast.” Whether you’re an aspiring chef or have yet to venture past making toast, check out this event for tips on time-crunch cooking.
Lisner Auditorium. 7 p.m. $15.

The Walking Dead Bar Crawl: To celebrate the return of AMC’s cult series “The Walking Dead,” hundreds clad in zombie costumes will walk the streets, where they’ll enjoy drink specials from local participating bars and even zombie-inspired makeup stations. The walker with the best costume will be awarded a $200 bar tab, so be sure to don your grimiest attire and perfect your zombie groan.
Penn Social, 801 E St. NW. $30. This is a 21-and-older event.


Taste of D.C. returns this weekend. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Taste of D.C. returns this weekend. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Taste of D.C.: Take a trip to Pennsylvania Avenue for Taste of D.C., a culinary spectacle from Saturday to Sunday. With over 40 restaurants like Ben’s Chili Bowl, District Doughnut and Carving Room making an appearance, you’ll have access to all of D.C.’s best bites in one place. Once you’ve satisfied your hunger, check out the festival’s other features, like a beer garden with live music performers and a wine walk with 50 varieties of wine. Tip: Make sure to bring cash to sample the “tasting” menus at each booth.
14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Noon. $10.

Steven Pinker at Politics & Prose: Steven Pinker, a Harvard professor and cognitive scientist, recently released “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.” At his talk Sunday at the cafe-turned-bookshop Politics & Prose, Pinker will discuss the psychology behind social media and how changing times are altering the way that we write.
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 1 p.m. Free.

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Gear up for a D.C. weekend that offers festivals, a free film screening and a thrifty pop-up shop.


Entrance to the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user "Gray Lensman QX!" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Entrance to the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user “Gray Lensman QX!” under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Rock n Roar at the National Zoo: At the National Zoo’s annual “Rock n Roar,” you’ll sample from wine and beer vendors, dance to tunes by this year’s headliner, The Fray, and help benefit animal care and conservation, all in the company of the zoo’s 300 species of animals. Reserve your student tickets online and don’t forget to bring a blanket and lawn chair for the outdoor event.

The National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $45 for students.

“The Music Lovers” Film Screening: The Library of Congress presents a free screening of Ken Russell’s 1970 classic musical film “The Music Lovers,” a bizarre tale about the marriage of a homosexual and nymphomaniac. The film, screened as part of the library’s September “Film Nights” series, stars Richard Chamberlain and Glenda Jackson.

Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Screening begins at 7 p.m. Free, although RSVP is required.


Promotional poster for the All Things Go Fall Classic. Photo courtesy of All Things Go.

Promotional poster for the All Things Go Fall Classic. Photo courtesy of All Things Go.

All Things Go Fall Classic: Head to Union Market for the inaugural All Things Go Fall Classic, hosted by D.C.-based music blog All Things Go. The festival, co-founded by 2011 alumnus Zack Friendly, will feature indie pop headliners Tove Lo and Future Islands along with food vendors like Takorean and Dolcezza.

Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. Noon to 10 p.m. Tickets: $50 general advance, $60 at door.

Snallygaster DC: The third annual “gargantuan beer jamboree” will be held Saturday, promising over 250 craft beers plus live music and food trucks for six hours of boozy belligerence. Listen to DJ sets by Brau Brothers and Brett, snack on bites from D.C. Empanadas and GBD Chicken and Doughnuts and of course, drink beer, all in support of non-profit Arcadia Food.

The Yards, First and N Streets SE. 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets: $30.

The Yorke Exchange at Source DC: Not in the festival mood? Check out The Yorke Exchange, a pop-up thrift boutique specializing in quality women’s contemporary wear. Browse the racks on the second floor of artistic venue Source DC.

Source DC, 1835 14th St. NW. 1 to 6 p.m. Free.


“I Remember U” Live Mixtape Experience: This free concert event combines poetry, spoken word, emceeing and beats for a unique performance in tribute to U Street’s ‘90s-era music scene. Performers include Ra Brown, Asheru, Poem-Cees and DJ Stylus.

Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Event begins at 6 p.m. Free.

Jack White at the Merriweather Post Pavilion: Jack White is the jack-of-all-trades: Originally the frontman of The White Stripes, White has since collaborated with or become a member of bands like The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. Witness the legendary musician/producer/music video director (and occasional actor) live Sunday alongside songstress Olivia Jean, whose debut album will be produced by White himself.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. Doors 6 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40 to $70.

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Don’t let the last weekend of summer go to waste. Here are a slew of parties happening throughout the weekend, from Bao Bao’s first birthday to a 2000′s-themed dance party. Plus, two evening art shows.


Fatboy Slim performs at 9:30 Club. Photo by Flickr user thisisbossi.

Fatboy Slim performs at 9:30 Club. Photo by Flickr user thisisbossi.

Hot in Herre 2000s Dance Party at the 9:30 Club: DJ Duo Will Eastman and Brian Billion are back to host their third “Hot in Herre” dance party at the 9:30 Club. The party will showcase hits from the 2000′s (think Missy Elliot, Outkast, Kelly Clarkson and more). You won’t even have to pretend you don’t know every word to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” because everyone else will be shamelessly belting the lyrics along with you. Eastman and Billion are known for selling out shows, so buy your tickets ($15) in advance.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets: $15.

Rosslyn Summer Film Festival Presents “Anchorman”: Not only is this event both Will Ferrell-related and free, but it’s also the Rosslyn Film Festival’s last summer screening. As if you need another reason to go, the festival also offers a pre-show scavenger hunt at 7:30 p.m. that could win you VIP seating. But whether or not you choose to participate in the hunt, it’s best to arrive early to the 8 p.m. show for a good seat. Don’t forget to bring a blanket, lawn chair and some snacks.

Gateway Park, 1200 Lee Highway. For pre-show events, arrive at 7 p.m. Film begins at 8 p.m. Free.

Art After Dark at the Art Museum of the Americas: Join the Art Museum of the Americas for a night of art, food trucks, live music, prizes and more at the 5th installation of their “Art After Dark” series. The museum exhibitions and outdoor garden will stay open until 1 a.m. Though the $50 cover charge seems pricey, it gives you access to live music by DJ Shea van Horn and others, performance art, a gorgeous outdoor venue and a selection of beer, wine, champagne and sangria. Still not convinced? Check out photos from Art After Dark’s third installation, and complete the museum’s online survey for 10-percent-off tickets. Just remember to leave your heels at home for easy walking through the museum’s outdoor garden.

Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets: $50. This is a 21+ event.


Bao Bao’s First Birthday at the National Zoo: Celebrate the birthday of D.C.’s most prized possession. (No, not the Declaration of Independence or the National Gallery of Art, the other prized possession.) The National Zoo’s adored panda cub Bao Bao turns 1 year old Saturday, and naturally the entire city is invited to celebrate. Hosted by Bearitos, a kids’ healthy snack company, the party will take place at the entrance to the zoo’s Clint Fields Plaza and include games, giveaways, free samples of Bearitos snacks and the opportunity to sign a birthday card for the baby panda.

Clint Fields Plaza at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

Bao Bao in his habitat at the National Zoo. Photo by Sharon Sipple.

Bao Bao in his habitat at the National Zoo. Photo by Sharon Sipple.

Red Wanting Blue and The Alternate Routes at The Hamilton: All-American rock bands Red Wanting Blue and The Alternate Routes join forces for their “Sounds Like Summer” tour, which hits D.C. Saturday evening. With soulful, bright rock riffs from their album “Little America,” released in July, Red Wanting Blue is the perfect complement to The Alternate Routes’ warm, rough-around-the-edges rhythm. Catch the bands live at The Hamilton, and make sure to grab your tickets online before they sell out.

The Hamilton DC, 600 14th St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8:30 p.m. concert. Tickets: $17 in advance, $20 at the door.


Denim Customization Style Workshop with Topaz + Arrow: DIY-enthusiasts and fashion gurus alike can learn how to dye, bleach, fray and embellish denim at Topaz + Arrow’s August workshop Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $37.50, and include materials, instruction, complimentary drinks provided by Honest Tea and Boulevard Brewing Company and snacks provided by Meats & Foods and KIND. Walk away with a customized denim piece you can brag about and that can’t be found anywhere else.

Wild Hand Workspace, 716 Monroe St. NE, Studio No. 8. 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets: $37.50, pre-registration required.

Karma Yoga Bruch III at Epic Yoga DC: At this fundraiser event, you can perfect your om and enjoy a healthy brunch all while giving to charity. For a minimum donation of $20, guests are invited to a one-hour all-level yoga class followed by a vegan brunch, with grub provided by Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar, Chef Anu and The Waterhole Community. Proceeds will go toward the Howard University chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a nonprofit that raises funds to build water purification systems for communities in El Salvador.

Epic Yoga DC, 1323 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets: Minimum donation of $20.

RAW:natural born artists at Penn Social: RAW:natural born artists hand selects artists in the creative spheres of visual art, film, fashion, music, beauty, photography, modeling and performing arts for showcases across the country. The arts organization comes to Penn Social on Sunday for a night of artistic discovery and inspiration. Guests can expect a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery and more, including 43 featured artists. Cocktail attire is recommended for the 21+ event.

Penn Social, 801 E St. NW. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 cash only at the door. This is a 21+ event.

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We’d rather not discuss how many weekends are left until classes begin, and we’re sure you don’t either.

Keep summer alive with these weekend events, sure to help you check a few items off your D.C. bucket list.

Paramore performs on the Parahoy! cruise earlier this year. Photo by Flickr user Laurence Dion, used under cc-by-2.0

Paramore performs on the Parahoy! cruise earlier this year. Photo by Flickr user Laurence Dion, used under cc-by-2.0


Charles Feelgood at U Street Music Hall: If you’re interested in blowing off steam from a long week, U Street Music Hall has the performer for you. D.C. area-based DJ Charles Feelgood brings his electronic dance jams to the basement at U Street. Tickets are $10 in advance for ages 18 and up and the event is free before 12 a.m. for anyone 21 and older.

#HIPSTERHEIGHTS 90s Party at Liv Nightclub: Tonight is full of throwbacks, and this one will take you all the way back to the 90s. The party features old school 90s rap, a 90s dress competition and live performances. Entrance is free before 10 p.m. for anyone 21 and older.


Guys & Dolls Vintage Party at Penn Social: As if the world needed another hipster throwback, vintage vendors from D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Philadelphia will flock to Penn Social for a shopping soiree from noon to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Façon Magazine and Shop Love DC, guests will compete for the title of best-dressed and the first 75 guests will get “swag bags” – we can’t make this stuff up. So if you’re down to shop for new styles (or just curious to find out what’s in a “swag bag”), reserve your spot for free online.

DC BRGR Bash in Shaw: For a burger celebration just as intense as its title lets on, head over to the DC BRGR Bash for great food and drinks. Ten burger connoisseurs across the DMV area will compete for best burger (BRGR?) between noon and 6 p.m. – and you can be one of the lucky judges. After enjoying the burgers, beer and live music, guests will head to grease-stained ballot boxes to crown the victor. Day-before ticket options start at $30.

The DC Scoop at Union Market: Burgers not your style? Trade savory for sweet between 1 and 4 p.m. at this celebration of everything ice cream-related: from gelato to ice-cream sandwiches, popsicles and more. On the hit list are Shake Shack’s legendary custards, Carmen’s Italian Ice, Nice Cream and other D.C. favorites. Entrance is free. Ice cream prices will vary.

De La Soul 25th Anniversary at Howard Theatre: The hip-hop trio from Long Island, N.Y. famous for their laid-back rhythm and eclectic style will celebrate 25 years of sound this Sunday. Now working on their eighth album, De La Soul combines funky beats with soulful lyrics to form a style known as “jazz rap.” Doors for the 6 p.m. show open at 8 p.m., and general admission tickets are $37.45 – and selling out fast.


Capital Fringe 2014 presents The 27 Club: As part of Capital Fringe’s summer theater festival, The 27 Club will honor the six rock legends who met their deaths at the age of 27. The performers will help the audience peer into the lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain with excerpts from letters and stagings of real-life conversations and events. Tickets for the 8:45 p.m. show are $17.

Adam Lambert performs with Queen. Photo courtesy of Queen + Adam Lambert Facebook page.

Adam Lambert performs with Queen. Photo courtesy of the Queen + Adam Lambert Facebook page.

Queen + Adam Lambert at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Confused? Excited? A combination of both? After this duo performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival last September, Lambert and Queen decided to join forces again for a 19-date tour that ends with a showing this Sunday. Hear timeless classics like “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” at this (truly) one-of-a-kind event, beginning at 6:30 p.m. While general admissions is sold out, you can still snag lawn tickets starting at $45.

Free Hitchcock film screening in Alexandria: As part of their “Hitchcock in July” event, the Beatley Central Library will offer a free matinee screening of the 1959 Hitchcock classic “North By Northwest” this Sunday at 2 p.m. In this thriller, the innocent New York advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is mistaken for a government agent, and must figure out how to escape from the mysterious foreign spies who pursue him. Also, it’s Hitchcock and free.

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Friday, May 3, 2013 2:43 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

With finals starting next week, it’s next to impossible to find a spot in Gelman. So accept the inveitable, ditch the books and check out these awesome weekend events.

Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Photo used under Creative Commons License.

 – Visit 40 countries in a day at The Around the World Embassy Tour – after all, embassies are technically foreign soil. Yes, we mean there are opportunities for alcohol. Explore the mansions on Embassy Row and enjoy free food, music and cultural entertainment. Saturday 10. a.m to 4p.m.

– Skip Chipotle this weekend and try one of these Mexican eateries offering deals and discounts in honor of Cinco de Mayo. But as you chow down on that chimichanga, just keep in mind that Cinco de Mayo isn’t actually Mexican Independence Day.

– For your annual fix of mint juleps, flashy hats, and horses with weird names, head to Penn Social’s 5th Annual Kentucky Derby Party. The charity event will help raise money for the Perry Center Young Leadership Council. Saturday  from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Get your tickets here.

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Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 1:53 p.m.

Weekend Outlook


Photo courtesy of Steve Evans under the Creative Commons License.

Venture into the city for a Valentine’s date night, or treat your single self to some weekend events.

- Have an ardent appreciation for bacon? Or perhaps a ruthlessly deadpan sense of humor? Or maybe just an obsession with Nick Offerman, AKA Ron Swanson of “Parks and Recreation” fame? Then go see the actor and comedian live at The Warner Theatre Friday. Offerman will perform twice, once at 8 p.m. and once at 10:30 p.m., and tickets are $29.50.

- Displaying the power of a collaborative effort, The Vivid Solutions Gallery’s “Soul of the City” exhibit, presented through the InstantDC program, features the work of nine local photographers, and is free to the public.

- If you’re still super desperate for a Valentine, just be warned of these archetypal D.C. singles you’re guaranteed to find through online dating.

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Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 12:02 p.m.

Weekend Outlook


Mardi Gras beads adorn a fence in New Orleans. This weekend, Mardi Gras celebrations will take place in the District. Photo courtesy of Derek Bridges under the Creative Commons License.

It’s a festive, celebratory weekend with food, skivvies and Mardi Gras beads right in our backyard.

- Get in the mood for Mardi Gras at the Black Cat Friday. With three musical acts, a burlesque show and a series of sideshow spectacles, the Carnivale features all you’d want in a Mardi Gras weekend. Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are $12.

- Take advantage of D.C.’s greatest eateries at Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week going on through Sunday. For $20.13 and $35.13 for three-course lunch and dinner meals, respectively, you can enjoy food from over 50 restaurants throughout the Washington area.

- Brave and altruistic souls will traverse the city in nothing but undergarments Saturday for Cupid’s Undie Run. Benefiting The Children’s Tumor Foundation, the charity run starts at 2 p.m. at the Capitol.

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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 8:01 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

Washington National’s pitcher Jordan Zimmermann will attend NatsFest this Saturday with his teammates, greeting fans and signing autographs. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons License.

Inauguration festivities may have left you feeling exhausted, but the city hasn’t slowed down one bit. Muster up the energy to enjoy a weekend out.

- Eager to show off your D.C. sports pride? Head to NatsFest Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., where Nationals players will meet fans and sign autographs. Tickets for the event, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, are $20.

- Can’t afford tickets to an actual Daft Punk show? No worries, 9:30 Club has your back, presenting “One More Time — The Tribute to Daft Punk” Thursday at 10 p.m. With tickets running at only $17, there’s no excuse for die-hard fans not to attend.

- Ignore the notion that vinyl is antiquated, and head to the D.C. Record Fair Sunday at Penn Social. Tickets to the event, which features live music, start at just $2.

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Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 9:37 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

Shown here at the 2009 presidential inauguration, then President-elect Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden and Jill Biden on the steps of the Capitol. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons contributor BrokenSphere under the Creative Commons License.

It’s inauguration weekend – there’s no excuse to not go out in a celebratory mood.

- I’m not entirely sure whether or not you’ve heard, but a presidential inauguration is taking place this weekend. The swearing-in ceremony,parade and a multitude of inaugural balls make this one of the most exciting times to be in the District.

- Renowned rapper Talib Kweli will perform at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar for a DJ set Saturday night. The best part? The event is completely free.

- The Park at 14th is celebrating  the inauguration all weekend, but a special appearance from rapper Common makes their Saturday night event all the more fun. Tickets for the 10 p.m. party are $20.

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