Weekend’s best: ‘Pump Me Up,’ a mind-numbing Oscar marathon and barleywine

February 21, 2013

The weekend is packed with activity, including the opening of the Corcoran's buzzy chronicle of '80s D.C.; a mildly insane Oscar Best Picture showcase that could last nearly 24 hours; and a spotlight on modern design at Artisphere. Here's what you should see and do:

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"Clouds," from "The Next Wave:  Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century" at Artisphere. (Kvadrat, Denmark)

Get your heart pumping

Some of us (ahem) might find it a little upsetting that the '80s are already part of a museum exhibit, but put that aside for a moment and make sure not to miss "Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s," opening Saturday at the Corcoran. From go-go music to graffiti to the punk and hardcore scenes, the exhibition explores the culture that was swirling as the city grappled with drugs, murder and corruption. Newspaper clippings, concert posters, clothes, instruments and much more will be on display. Then on Sunday, catch the District-centric Funk-Punk Throwback concert at the 9:30 club.

Play Oscar catch-up ...

On Saturday, watch five Best Picture nominees for $40, or all nine nominees for $60 in one interminable -- er, we mean awesome -- day.  If you choose the five movie option, the films include "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty." You can find them screening at AMC Loews Rio, Potomac Mills 18, or Hoffman Center in Alexandria. If you're crazy and can live on popcorn alone, see all nine, in a row, at the AMC in Georgetown, beginning Saturday at 10 a.m.

... then hit an Oscar watch party

Wear your finest pajamas to Snuggle With the Stars, an Oscars screening at the Navy Memorial theater that's hosted by DC Shorts, in conjunction with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. The party includes drinks by mixologist Gina Chersevani and snacks from Whole Foods.

Experience the globe in a single venue

Over the next three weekends, music, dance, theater, film and spoken word will converge on H Street NE, as the Atlas Performing Arts Center celebrates its fourth Intersections Festival. It's a showcase of performances that highlight the city’s performing arts groups and artists and explores the idea of a "new America" and its unique culture. See celebrated composer/pianist Vijay Iyer, watch the Our City Film Festival (which features films about the District) or watch a performance by Dissonance Dance Theatre.

Stop and smell the orchids
In conjunction with its current orchid exhibition, the Museum of Natural History hosts an Orchids of Latin America Family Day on Sunday, celebrating the notoriously delicate flowers with a day of face-painting, lessons on orchid potting and opportunities to talk about the blooms.

Sip barleywine
It's time again for the Barleywine Festival, a tribute to the high-alcohol, high-hops, high-malt beer style, hosted by Mad Fox Brewing this Saturday and Sunday.  Mad Fox will serve three of its own brews, including one aged in Catoctin Creek rye barrels, as well as 30 others assembled from Brooklyn Brewery, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, 21st Amendment and JW Lee’s Harvest Ale from England.

Scope out the best in design

Clinically obsessed with Edison bulbs, Louis Ghost chairs and Domino Magazine? Join the club, and then check out the The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century, a massive exhibition opening at Artisphere on Thursday featuring more than 100 objects currently "happening" in design, curated by Apartment Zero's Douglas Burton. These products from Spain, Italy, Belgium, the U.K., Scandinavia and the United States just might be what you're sitting on, sleeping in, and lighting your home with in five years. An opening reception is Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m.

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