What You're Doing This Weekend

Craft Beer Countdown, chocolate festivals, Independent Film Festival

What are you doing this weekend? We offer you a starting point:


  • The D.C. Independent Film Festival continues, with this weekend's highlights including "Defining Beauty: Ms.Wheelchair America," (Saturday, noon); a Blood Red and Zombie White Wine Tasting (Saturday, 8 p.m.), and "Who Bombed Judi Bari?" (Sunday, 5 p.m. See complete schedule here.
  • Since one just isn't enough, two different chocolate festivals are happening this weekend: the Chocolate Lover's Festival in Fairfax, Va. and the Chocolate and Candy Festival is returning to Bel Air, Md. Sample sweets from chocolate/candy/cake vendors, enter raffles and more. Fairfax fest is Sat.-Sun., March 3-4; Bel Air event is Saturday only.
  • Yelp Drinks Week has bars and restaurants across the city are serving specialty drinks for 50 percent off -- just mention Yelp to get the discount. Highlights include pisco punch for $4 at 8407 Kitchen Bar (8407 Ramsey Ave, Silver Spring) and Zeba strawberry lemonade for $4 at Zeba Bar (3423 14th St NW). See the full list of participating bars and restaurants here. Through Sunday .


  • Head to Smoke and Barrel (2471 18th St. NW) for a Craft Beer Countdown. At 10 p.m., all drafts go down $1. At 11 p.m., all drafts go down another dollar. At midnight... well, you see where this is going. The kitchen stays open until 1 a.m. serving the full menu. 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; no cover.
  • The D.C. Independent Film Festival features "The Bright Side of the Moon" at the U.S. Navy Heritage Center (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). The film opens as a kidnapped woman arrives at an isolated cottage. Her kidnappers demand a $5 million ransom from her husband -- but he doesn’t want to pay it. Happy hour 6-8 p.m.; movie 7 p.m.; $10.
  • The 1933 Marx Brothers movie "Duck Soup" is playing at the Alden Theatre (1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, Va.). Although the movie was panned upon its debut, it's now considered a classic. Groucho historian Frank Ferrante introduces the film that was banned by Mussolini. $5-$8; 8 p.m.


  • Attend the premiere screening of "My Wedding and Other Secrets," a film about forbidden love and family secrets at National Geographic Live (1600 M St. NW). Director Roseanne Liang based the screenplay on the real-life relationship struggles she experienced while dating her European New Zealand boyfriend Stephen, against the wishes of her traditional Chinese parents. The film screens in both Mandarin and English. 7:30 p.m.; $10 for one film, or $24 for a three-movie package.
  • Trey Songz take the stage at DAR Constitution Hall (1776 D St. NW) as part of his Anticipation 2our to promote his mixtape "Anticipation 2." He's currently working on his fifth studio album, "Chapter 5. 8 p.m.; $58-$75.
  • Join in on a stargazing experience at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Participants will have the chance to view the skies through a powerful professional telescope as well as smaller, portable ones. 6:45 p.m.; free.
  • Eight of the most accredited Bhangra dance teams in North America will be at the Warner Theatre (513 13th St.) to perform at the third annual Elite 8 Bhangra Invitational. The event serves to spread Punjabi culture to people of all backgrounds. 6:30 p.m.; $25-$40.


  • Join the new DC branch of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC) at The Passenger (1021 7th St. NW) for bra decorating, cocktail specials (naturally) and deals on D.C. Brau. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 4-7 p.m.; no cover.
  • If you haven't yet seen "Red," your time is drawing short -- the critically acclaimed, six-time Tony Award winner ends its run Sunday at the Arena Stage (1101 6th St. SW). The play details painter Mark Rothko's struggles with a series of grand-scale paintings for an elite hotel when an assistant challenges his artistic integrity. 2 and 7:30 p.m.; $40-$85.


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