Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Here are four you can’t miss this week.
Thursday: Smoke and Barrel’s mix of barbecue, bourbon and craft beer has made it a fixture on our itineraries over the past 12 months. At its one-year anniversary party , the Adams Morgan eatery will focus on what it does best. A quarter-slab of house-smoked barbecue ribs is $5. Everything on the stellar draft list, including DC Brau rarities, a trio of beers from California’s Firestone Walker brewery and even some Oktoberfest brews, is $5. And a selection of bourbons - think Four Roses Small Batch and Elijah Craig 12-year-old, not bottom-shelf blends - are $5 all night.
Saturday: Gaia is an immersive experience that combines video art, choreography, DJs, live musicians and cuisine, all created around earth-inspired themes. A core of Gaia artists welcome guests not just to observe the artists but to participate, as the staging is spread out throughout the space, rather than being a center focus. The last two major Gaia shows sold out at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, but until recently, Gaia hasn’t had a regular home. With its new green roof garden, Twelve Lounge on H Street NE has proven to be a good fit for the troupe. This time, the event will feature the Circus of Wonders, including a magician and a self-described “bubble fairy.”
Update: Carlyle House’s gaming night has been cancelled. There’s no word on a makeup date yet.
Plenty of bars will let you play board games while you drink. But when’s the last time you paired an adult beverage with a dice game or a rousing hand of whist? Alexandria’s Carlyle House is open late this weekend for
a night of games that date back to the mid-18th century
, when the house was built. Learn the ins and outs of whist, sept and other card games - and how to play once-popular dice games Newmarket and Shut the Box. (Because it’s a museum event, you can also view antique games and accessories.) Hors d’oeuvres and two drinks, which will be served on the house’s terrace, are included in the price of the ticket.
Sunday: Summer officially ended last week, but we’re still having trouble letting go. If you’re still craving one more day of dancing with your toes in the sand, head for New York Avenue Beach Bar on Sunday. DJs Divine and Bill Source are best known as the musical gurus at Daylight , a night of old-school house, hip-hop and funk at Bohemian Caverns. This week, though, they’re moving to the sandy confines of the New York Avenue Beach Bar. Relax at a picnic table with a frozen margarita, grab a snack at the Rito Loco burrito food truck, play cornhole or just groove. Admission is free, but RSVPs are required.
Baseball viewing, an opera pre-party and DJ Spooky are coming your way after the jump.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
With a spot in the playoffs clinched, the Washington Nationals are ready to take on the hated Philadelphia Phillies and win the NL East. If you can’t make it to Philly for the game, the next best thing is rooting for your team at Duffy’s Irish Pub. Every TV will be on the Nats, the play-by-play will be on full blast, and the plethora of food and drink specials includes half-price wings, $10 pitchers of Miller Light and $20 pitchers of Sam Adams Oktoberfest.
D.C. United’s Barra Brava supporters group is hosting a mini-golf tournament at — where else? — H Street Country Club to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and United for D.C. Putt with United players, have a few happy hour beers, and enter a raffle to win season tickets or lunch with one of the team’s owners. (How cool is that?) Admission is $10 per person, and you can enter solo or with a team of up to four. Beers start pouring at 5, and the first putters swing at 6:30.
Friday, Sept. 27
Asia After Dark returns to the Sackler Gallery this week, and it looks bigger than ever. DJ Spooky spins dance music while 1940s films of Anna May Wong screen. Percussionists will teach visitors how to make and play traditional drums. Curators lead tours of current exhibitions. Bartenders from Ping Pong Dim Sum shake up Asian-inspired cocktails while Fraiche cupcakery passes out spicy sweets. Tickets are $25 ($30 at the door) and include one free drink.
The One Love Massive event group continues to stage progressive dance music parties at the venue that was once the East Coast’s temple of bottle-popping club culture. Bay Area bred and Panamanian born rap duo Los Rakas headline a night of Latin-influenced hip-hop and dance music at Love.
Saturday, Sept. 28
Before the Washington National Opera’s free Opera in the Outfield simulcast at Nationals Park, the Brightest Young Things crew is hosting the Fly Ball, a party in the Stars and Stripes club. Beyond the photobooth and DJs, there will be a fortune teller and a dating coach to go with the “Don Giovanni” theme. There’s no charge to enter, but space is limited and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sunday, Sept. 29
The Tilted Torch variety shows at Bossa are a little different than most local burlesque and vaudeville shows. (The intimate club is lit with candles, which sets the mood right from the start.) Belly dancing, burlesque dancing, poi dancing and singers are all on this month’s schedule.