Your Weekend, Aggregated

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Each Friday we sift through the city’s full schedule of shows, exhibits, and happenings to tell you the one thing you shouldn’t (and should) miss each day of the weekend.

Friday, January 27
Bust:
Hollywood Ballroom in Silver Spring is hosting a Top 40s dance lesson tonight at 8 p.m. for just $15. This guide on the left is free.

Boom:
Never would have thought that a grocery store would make this list, but the Logan Circle Whole Foods offering up a one-day sale that is too good to keep to ourselves: 12-packs of PBR are going for $5.99. Yes, that’s $0.50 a can.

Saturday, January 28
Bust:
We’ll present this in a Ron Swanson-esque series of facts: “La Cage aux Folles” is playing at the Kennedy Center. It is a very, very popular play. It has won three Tony Awards. It was on most critics’ top-ten lists in 2010. It also stars the unnaturally tanned George Hamilton. George Hamilton gives us the willies.

Boom:
If you don’t know about Sockets Records, you should. The DC-based indie label has released more than 70 experimental recordings in the past eight years—including works by Bluebrain. The group is bringing the acts Protect-U, Imperial China, Buildings, and Cigarette to host an all-ages showcase event at the Black Cat tonight. Here’s a preview…

 

Sunday, January 29
Bust:
Full Boar, Stone Crusher, and Maximum Destruction are coming to the Verizon Center. No, these aren’t the names of WWE wrestlers, they’re monster trucks—we think… though truthfully, we have no idea. What we do know is a high-octane dose of Americana (AKA: the Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam Live Rally) is roaring, leaping, and stomping its way into Chinatown on the same day as the neighborhood hosts the Chinese New Year Parade. If you choose to go to the former, here’s a spoiler alert: big trucks smash smaller trucks.

Boom:
There are two types of magic: the funny kind and the David Blaine kind. If you like laughing more than you like watching a guy starve himself while drinking nothing but tablespoons of his own urine, you’ll love The Elephant Room. The act “combines the glory of a Styx reunion tour, with the transcendental power of a 200-year-old Zuni shaman and add a dash of trailer park ennui.” We loved it, people are raving about it, and it’s a great way to cap off your weekend. (Hint: At the time of publication, tickets to the Friday show were already sold out. Act quickly!)