Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Here are four we think you can’t miss, with even more after the jump.
Wednesday: The Nationals had a great season and all, but there’s another D.C. team in the playoffs this year, so let’s give some love to DC United. (They need it, actually, after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls.) The second leg of the home-and-away conference semifinals is Wednesday in New Jersey, and the Pug is hosting a special viewing party for the team’s fans. Even better: It’s for charity. Former United defender Devon McTavish is hosting the event, where a $20 donation to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America gets you free Chocolate City beer from kickoff until the final whistle. (McTavish dealt with Crohn’s throughout his playing career; he told Steven Goff earlier this year that the disease is in remission.)
Friday: It may be held in a dark nightclub, but District Above Ground doesn’t have bottle service, Facebook photo albums, sneering doormen or even a cover charge. There’s just deep, banging house music with a relentless sound system and a team of champion selectors spinning for people who love to dance. (It never hurts to get back to basics.) DJs Kimozaki, Christopher and Cortega, fresh on a visit to D.C. from his current base in Nairobi, provide the sounds at the Spot.
Saturday: If you see a lot of sketchy mustaches in the next few days, it’s because we’re in the early stages of Movember, a month-long event during which men grow mustaches to raise money for (and awareness about) male cancer. You’ll probably spot more than a few on H Street on Saturday, as the H Street Movemberfest offers food and drink specials at 14 establishments with the purchase of a special Movember wristband. From 1 to 9 p.m., you can get $3 beers at H Street Country Club; $4 drafts at Boundary Road; 10 percent off everything at the Argonaut, Queen Vic or Shawafel; and 30 percent off meals at Inspire BBQ. (There’s an afterparty at the Rock & Roll Hotel with $3 beers beginning at 9 p.m.) All money raised goes directly to Livestrong and the Prostate Cancer Foundation; buy tickets in advance and you’ll be entered into a raffle for prizes from local merchants.
Saturday: Oktoberfest is over, and beer fans are leaving behind crisp German lagers and sweet pumpkin ales in favor of dark, strong beers perfect for keeping a body warm on a cold autumn or winter night. Get a taste of the season at Rustico’s Novemberfest in Alexandria, where dozens of taps will be pouring Christmas ales from St. Bernardus and Great Lakes, the rich, new Belgian-style quadruple from DC Brau, and a 2010-vintage keg of Dogfish Head’s high-octane Olde School Barleywine. (Just remember to bundle up, as the festival is held in Rustico’s parking lot.) The $25 admission includes a souvenir mug and 10 food and drink tickets; most beers will cost three to four tickets for a tasting pour, and six to eight for a full-size glass. Additional tickets will be on sale at the festival for $1 each.
Looking for more ideas? A James Bond-themed “Skyfall” party, Canadian hip-hop, beer tastings and a huge night of trace are among the ideas after the jump.
Tuesday, Nov. 6
If Drake is all you know about hip-hop from the Great White North, you owe it to yourself to check out Cadence Weapon . The Alberta emcee pushes boundaries on the mike — he’s the former poet laureate of the capital city of Edmonton — as well as in his rhythms, which range from freewheeling sax samples to woozy ’80s keyboards. He’ll be performing songs from the new “Hope in Dirt City” at DC9.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
It took a while for 3 Stars to get brewing in D.C., but now they can’t seem to slow down. The latest release is the Sea Change American Pale Ale , which is dry-hopped with zythos hops from the Pacific Northwest. Sample it at Meridian Pint tonight, beginning at 5 p.m. Six other 3 Stars beers also will be available on tap, including the LBJ lime basil saison and a version of Pandemic Porter brewed with locally roasted coffee.
Tonight’s show at Velvet Lounge is billed as the Attack of the Feral B-Boys. That’s perfectly accurate in the case of Thaylobleu: A group of long-standing D.C. hip-hop veterans have combined into a punk and garage rock outfit. Celeste Starchild and the psych rock of Chief Joseph round out the bill.
Thursday, Nov. 8
19th Bar will be transformed into a massive sound fortress for nine hours this evening, starting with an extended happy hour at 5 p.m. and going into the wee hours with 12 electronic music acts playing indoor and outdoor sets. Warning: There will be lots of bass.
Friday, Nov. 9
DJ Shea Van Horn (Mixtape, Town) is tapping his love of eclectic indie rock and electro for a new party at Number Nine. Friday Night Videos will feature Van Horn VJing a mix of music on the flatscreens in Number Nine’s upstairs lounge each week from 10 p.m. on, making it a natural pregame spot, especially since there’s no cover charge.
Saturday, Nov. 10
The 50th anniversary of “Dr. No” was celebrated with cocktail parties and $100-per-plate dinners last month, but the release of the new Bond flick “Skyfall” this weekend isn’t getting the same attention. One exception: James , a suave cocktail party at Science Club that’s raising money for the charity Refugees International. Expect two floors of Bond-inspired cocktail specials and music, and you should make an effort to look good: The dress code is “Bond or Bond villain” for men, and “femme fatale” for women. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased in advance; a $45 VIP ticket includes a reserved seat at a screening of “Skyfall” at the Loews in Georgetown before the party, special drinks, and more surprises.
The DC Beerathon is a citywide bar crawl in which 26 bars each pour a different beer. You pay $65 to sample as many beers at as many bars as you want from noon until 3 a.m. Some of the beer-and-bar combinations work well (Devils Backbone at Nellie’s, Allagash White at the Reef, Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout at Science Club). Some are less appealing (Heineken at Buffalo Billiards, Peroni at Darlington House, Blue Moon seasonal at Ben’s Next Door). Our advice, if you’re taking on this challenge: Check out the map, pick the beers you want to try and go to those bars so you don’t find yourself sipping Sol at Alero.
When trance fans dream, it might look something like tonight’s lineup at Echostage: Globetrotting DJs Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz will be spinning back-to-back for seven straight hours, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Both of these gifted remixers have sold out Glow on their own, so expectations are sky-high.