Going Out Guide: Nightlife Agenda

December 2, 2013

Every Tuesday, the Going Out Guide highlights the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events on www.goingoutguide.com.

Repeal Day celebrations

On Thursday, Americans will toast the 80th anniversary of the adoption of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution — the one that ended Prohibition. Naturally, this is a wonderful excuse for a party, and there are multiple chances to celebrate Repeal Day this week. On Thursday, Jack Rose Dining Saloon will convert its three floors to a Roaring Twenties party with burlesque dancers, cigar girls and draft flights of historic whiskey; bartenders will shake up vintage cocktails and punches in the dimly lit basement “speak-easy.” Admission is free, and cocktails and punches cost $7 to $9. Feeling extra festive? You can grab unlimited sparkling wine for $20 all night. Flapper dresses and vintage suits are requested; cocktail attire also will work.

Thursday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW. 202-588-7388. www.jackrosediningsaloon.com. Free.

On Saturday, the D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild is throwing its annual Repeal Day Ball at the Hill Center. A legion of the city’s bartenders — including Chantal Tseng (Mockingbird Hill), Todd Thrasher (PX/Bar TNT), Adam Bernbach (2 Birds 1 Stone), Frank Jones (The Gibson) and Jamie McBain and Duane Sylvestre (Bourbon Steak) — will be slinging original drinks or Prohibition-era favorites. The Red Hot Rhythm Chiefs will provide a soundtrack of swing and hot jazz, and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served all night. The party has the feel of a bartenders’ prom, and you should dress like it: 1920s and ’30s outfits are preferred, but black tie is also acceptable.

Saturday at 9 p.m. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. www.dccraftbartendersguild.org. $100; $150 VIP tickets include early admission at 8 p.m.

JD Samson and MEN

If you loved Le Tigre, you’re going to love “Labor,” the new record by JD Samson and MEN. Polished and dance-floor ready, it’s got a sheen and immediate appeal that was sometimes lacking on the former Le Tigre singer’s last album. This time, Samson occasionally channels Robyn (on the perky, bubbling single “All the Way Thru”) or labelmate Le Roux. The group is renowned for its raucous live shows, which mix gender politics, sexuality and performance art into one giant party. This Comet Ping Pong show, which also features Mary Timony’s Ex Hex and funky local group Coup Sauvage and the Snips, should be more of the same.

Sunday at 9 p.m. Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-0404. www.cometpingpong.com. $15.

The KickDrums

The KickDrums were plucked from an ocean of industry hopefuls in 2004, when 50 Cent chose their beat over hundreds of others for the soundtrack of “Get Rich or Die Tryin.’ ” Since then, their journey has taken them from the street rap scene of their native Cleveland to creating tracks for Kid Cudi and Kanye West, and finally an evolution of their sound into an electronic strain of alt-rock. When founding member Matt Penttila left the duo, Alex Fitts turned the KickDrums into a solo act showcasing big-beat, danceable indie rock.

Sunday at 8 p.m. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. 202-483-5000. www.dcnine.com. $8.

Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson

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