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, February 3
The 18th Street strip in AdMo should be reserved for young professionals with little willpower, zero alcohol tolerance, and cash to burn—which is why we scoff at The Reef’s 5-7 p.m. Kiddie Happy Hour, where parents can dance with their little ones as they nibble on menu specials. If we want to see an awkward father-daughter dance, we’ll just dial up YouTube.
We know most of your Friday afternoon is dedicated to ostensibly working while you figure out where you’re going to tie one on when 5 strikes. Head over to Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse where you can experience the unreal union of Muppets and vino. Swill handpicked selections from the Washington Wine Academy, and then enjoy the delightful Muppets film. Just don’t get too Gonzo, or you might wake up feeling a little Fozzy, or worse yet, with Miss Piggy in your bed #WineGoggles.
Saturday, February 4
The 9:30 Club has some exciting acts coming up, from Fred Armisen’s on-the-road adaptation of his eccentric, smash-hit Portlandia to Andrew W.K.’s too-goo-to-be-true decision to play I Get Wet in its entirety. One deviation from this excitement is the Augustana show. “You don’t know me; you don’t even care,” not only are these lyrics from their breakthrough hit Boston, but it also feels like an address to the usual 9:30 crowd. When we go party at this club, we party hard.
Thanks to the Jersey Shore and every party hosted by the European Club in college, house music has gotten an unfortunate reputation. Give it a shot at redemption tonight when you check into DC’s grooviest lodge, Rock & Roll Hotel. Start upstairs on the roof deck and down some seasonally appropriate liquid courage (think: mulled wine and Irish coffee). Then head downstairs to beat the beat up to our fair city’s own Micah Vellian, who has produced for Fatboy Slim and Mike Skinner. Admission is free, and fist bumping is optional, but strongly encouraged.
Sunday, February 5
Everyone is gearing up for some fierce competition today, but we’re not thinking about a head-to-head matchup between conceptual art and a collage—which is what is precisely going down at the final day of The DC Arts Center Decathlon. The best part of a normal decathlon is the possibility of an errant javelin throw, not the presentation of competitive piece of edgy printmaking. Thanks to the risqué Go Daddy commercials, going up against the Super Bowl will always be a losing battle—especially when the best weapon in your arsenal is a highbrow art competition.
While we’re sad to see the NFL season come to an end, we’re pumped about an awesome face-off between the two pigskin powerhouses and the pending overdose on meat and multi-layered dips. If your girlfriend is willing to let you, er, if you are willing to brave bustling bars, there are some nice options like the Patriots-friendly Murphy’s, where the discounted drinking starts at 10 a.m., or Capital City Brewing Company, where life’s greatest pairing (beer and wings) is on the cheap.
For a full list of places in and around the District to watch the big game, check out this guide.