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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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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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

“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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