Aziz Ansari, re-invented margaritas and Easter at the Lincoln Memorial top this weekend’s picks

March 28, 2013


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The weekend’s best in music, nightlife and family events:

Thursday:
Two long-running dance parties are calling it quits Thursday and each is hosting one final blowout. At U Street Music Hall, Nouveau Riche's DJs wrap up their thumping electro, house and moombahton parties with one last, epic party that's sure to bring out their dedicated fans. After four years of dancing with an eclectic mix of emigres, world-music-loving scenesters and DJs at Adams Morgan's Bossa, it's also time for the last Afrobeat 4 Ya Soul bash. Get your face painted in the striking dot patterns of Fela Kuti's famous wives, then shake it to African beats provided by  DJ Underdog.

Friday-Sunday:
Nope, the "PSY" performing this weekend at George Mason isn't the nattily attired South Korean man pretending to gallop on horseback. It's "PSY" (pronounce each letter individually), a performance by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, a Montreal-based acrobatics and circus troupe that takes after another big-top Francophone outfit, albeit with less mysticism and slightly more of a Tim Burtonish feel.

Friday-Saturday:
The team behind the long-running Glow dance party spent the winter remaking 30,000-square-foot dance club Echostage, adding a new sound system, a pair of 60-foot bars and a mezzanine with 30 bottle-service tables, and this weekend, Superstar DJ David Guetta will be among the first on the decks. Advance tickets for the French DJ's appearances sold out months ago, but the club says "a very limited number of tickets" will be available at the door each night, beginning at 9 p.m.

If you haven't noticed, the annual Craft Brewers Conference this week has transformed our fair city into one giant, beer-focused bar crawl, with two  top events yet to come. On Friday, Drink Local! shines a spotlight on our exploding brewing industry at Meridian Pint, where 20 breweries from the District, Maryland and Virginia will take over the bar’s 28 draft beer lines, including four on the patio, and serve 24 cask-conditioned ales, each for $5. Devils Backbone, the Brewer’s Art, 3 Stars and Mad Fox will pour special collaborations brewed with Meridian Pint’s in-house beer experts. If you just want to hit one event, Smoke and Barrel has been amassing kegs of more than 80 beers from the conference, and on Saturday, will serve up what's left at a special CBC Highlights brunch.

SATURDAY

Over the course of five nights, Smoke and Barrel expects to pour 82 different beers from more than a dozen breweries. Since you might not be able to attend every event, Smoke and Barrel’s beer experts will helpfully save kegs of some of their favorite brews for a special end-of-the-week brunch.

Comedian Aziz Ansari, who plays prodigal bureaucrat/club promoter Tom Haverford on TV's "Parks and Rec," has sold out DAR on previous visits, but with a mind-boggling four shows on Friday and Saturday, this time, a few choice seats remain.

Saturday:
A Bob Marley salute is one thing. But the Hamilton's Tribute to Bob Marley -- featuring a reggae band led by Junior Marvin, a member of the Wailers who played lead guitar on Marley's classic "Exodus," "Survival" and "Uprising" albums -- is quite another. Catch the show Saturday at 8:30.

Sunday:
Proof bar manager Adam Bernbach has a way of tweaking a familiar drink to make you take a new look at it. His Sunday night “Remastered Sessions” at Proof find Bernbach whipping up four different versions of the same cocktail, using different spirits and ingredients to create subtle (or not-so-subtle) flavor variations. This week, he’s taking on the margarita. Don’t expect something from your favorite Mexican restaurant – think homemade agave syrups and even one with olive juice.  Cocktails are served from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; expect to pay $10 to $14 per glass.

If you're celebrating Easter, here's reason to rouse yourself before dawn: For the 35th year, the Capital Church of Vienna  will host a traditional Easter sunrise service Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial, square on the steps of the towering monument. It might be a bit chilly, but if you’re in the mood for a rousing rendition of “How Great Thou Art,” it shouldn’t be anything a blanket and a sweatshirt can’t handle. See more Easter events, including egg rolls and the annual Easter Monday event at the National Zoo, here.

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Ryan Little · March 28, 2013