From DJ events at Newseum and Phillips, museums are the hot dance-party spot these days. That trend continues Friday at the National Museum of African Art's Africa Underground, an event featuring DJ Spyda (dropping West African beats) and old-school reggae band Kurow and the All Stars. $25; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The summer's most exciting temporary party space is Vitaminwater Uncapped Live, a pop-up hosted by Brightest Young Things. The event series kicks off Friday with a multi-room party DJed by the groove-loving Fatback crew. There'll be funk and disco in the main room, slow jams in a separate lounge, and garage-rock down in the basement. Free; 9:30 p.m.
Tittsworth and Alvin Risk
Partly known for tattooing pigs and losing all sorts of weight, our buddy Tittsworth is first and foremost a killer disco, house, and electro DJ. Saturday at his home venue of U Street Music Hall, Tittsworth will spin alongside friend and producer Alvin Risk in celebration of their new collaborative EP, 2 Strokes Raw. $10; 10 p.m.
Rivaling only the Homo/Sonic party for the best gay dance night in town, the ongoing Mixtape throwdown happens in the Black Cat's main room on Saturday. Expect DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Baller to play everything from funky chart pop to 80s new wave-- anything that will get bodies moving. $10; 9:30 p.m.
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