Going Out Guide for Saturday

Immersed in music: Children's performer Justin Roberts, who counts plenty of parents among his fans, is at National Geographic on Saturday.
Immersed in music: Children's performer Justin Roberts, who counts plenty of parents among his fans, is at National Geographic on Saturday. (Copyright Todd Rosenberg Photography)
Saturday, October 24, 2009

It has come down to this: You missed the Going Out Guide's six other sections this week, and now it's Saturday morning and you find yourself with nothing to do. Well, we have you covered. Here is a handful of our favorite things going on this weekend.


"Alt-kid" is a horrible name for a musical genre, but it does capture something of the draw of Roberts, who has received accolades as an inspired, parent-friendly children's performer while being compared to the likes of Buddy Holly and Nick Lowe. Parents know that a children's performer with genuine cross-generational appeal is a rare thing indeed, making Roberts's success not surprising in the least. Saturday at noon and 3 p.m. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700 or http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/concerts. $18; 12 and younger $12.


One way to keep up with Washington's shifting art scene is to visit the artists in their own environments. This two-day open house, which includes the Logan Circle, Dupont Circle and U Street neighborhoods, allows you to go from studio to studio, see works in progress and chat with painters, sculptors and other artists. Visit http://www.midcityartists.com for a map of participating locations and schedules. Saturday and Sunday at various art spaces in the Dupont/Logan circle neighborhoods. Free.



Before coming to Washington last year, this festival, produced by the Film Noir Foundation, showed exclusively in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The films, with their gritty crimes, shadowy figures and prescient narration, were a big hit here, and now the festival is back with a new batch of vintage films. Among the offerings: A newspaperman (Kirk Douglas) violates journalistic ethics to get his story in Billy Wilder's "Ace in the Hole," and "Gun Crazy" is a cult fave in the vein of "Bonnie and Clyde" -- the crazy gun-toter in this case is a tough-as-nails dame. Saturday through Nov. 4. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720 or http://www.afi.com/silver.


Jesse Thorn's highly amusing syndicated radio show, on XM and public radio stations across the country, finds the host interviewing bands, authors and comics about "anything that's awesome." Thorn, in town for the Bentzen Ball comedy festival, will be recording a live show featuring Fugazi's Ian MacKaye and actress Mary Lynn Rajskub of TV's "24." There's no admission charge, but space is limited. Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Renaissance Washington Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. 202-898-9000. Free.


Do good while enjoying happy hour at the Barking Dog in Bethesda: A $10 donation at the door, which goes straight to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, is good for $2.50 beers, $4 wine and discounted appetizers, plus a raffle for signed Capitals and D.C. United items. Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. The Barking Dog, 4723 Elm St., Bethesda. 301-654-0022.

-- Going Out Guide staff

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