Why wait for the weekend?
Think all the fun happens on the weekends? Think again. Many bars and nightspots host events early in the week in the hopes of drumming up business. Without the Friday or Saturday night crowds, they'll be the most fun things you do all week. - Fritz Hahn
The Main Ingredient DJ Jahsonic gets the workweek started right with an unparalleled mix of '70s funk, '80s hip-hop and soul, vintage R&B and New Jack Swing for a crowd that loves to get down, despite the crowded dance floor. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Marvin, 2007 14th St. NW. 202-797-7171. www.marvindc.com. Free.
Sabor Mondays The operative word here is free: Free admission, free beginner and intermediate salsa lessons from professional instructors. Free open bar from 9 to 11 for all women. No wonder the place is packed and lively. You'll probably make a few friends by the end of the night, too. 9 p.m.-2 a .m. Lima, 1401 K St. NW. 202-789-2800. www.primop.com. Free.
The Arkives Crowds pack the house to listen to reggae and dancehall DJs on weekends, but it's more fun to stop by on Tuesdays when the Arkives band - and occasional guests from Jamaica - performs old-school ska and rocksteady classics. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Patty Boom Boom, 1359 U St. NW. 202-629-1712. www.pattyboomboomdc.com. Free.
Glow TuesdaysThe promoters of Glow, the weekly dance night renowned for bringing the world's biggest techno and house DJs to D.C., started hosting intimate sets at Lima last year. Now they've gone even more low-key at this weekly lounge event, which features local DJs spinning their favorite tunes and pizza and pasta served until midnight.10 p.m. Barcode, 1101 17th St. NW. 202-955-9001. www.clubglow.com. Free.
HariKaraoke HariKaraoke takes the art of singing in public to a new level at Whitlow's on Wilson. When you get up to croon songs by Elvis, John Denver, Guns N' Roses, the Eagles or Bob Marley, you're grabbing the mike in front of a full - and fully competent - band that offers more than 100 selections. Adding to the entertainment, lousy performers get gonged off, and the crowd isn't hesitant to cheer (or boo) whoever's on stage. 9 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month. 2854 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-276-9693. www.whitlows.com. Free. Fuzz On the last Wednesday of the month, the Velvet Lounge goes all trippy with Fuzz, a night of psychedelic jams, head-spinning electronic tunes and weird folk - a suitable soundtrack for the odd projections on the walls. Your hosts are Neville C., Provoke and Naraku, though they're frequently joined by guests, including Animal Collective "sound manipulator" DJ Geologist and former Cramps/Gun Club/Nick Cave guitarist Kid Congo Powers. Next event: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Jan. 26. 915 U St. NW. 202-462-3213. www.velvetloungedc.com. Free.