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16 things to do in the D.C. area over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend

By Going Out Guide staff

January 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

One Eight Distilling marks its third anniversary in Ivy City Saturday with discounted whiskey and gin cocktails. (One Eight Distilling)

Friday, Jan. 12

DC in D.C. at the Newseum: Expect to see a lot of superhero costumes around Washington this weekend in honor of DC in D.C., a three-day celebration of comic books put on by DC Comics, the publishers behind Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Highlights include a screening of the animated “Batman: Gotham by Gaslight” on Friday; themed panel discussions on comic book history and diversity on Saturday; and a pop-up shop outside the Newseum with classic graphic novels and other merchandise for sale, costumes on display and signing sessions featuring DC-related actors, artists and writers. Through Sunday. Free admission.

Europa Galante at the Library of Congress: This acclaimed Italian baroque orchestra is a frequent guest at concert halls in Europe and the U.S., but this week, it can be found in the Library of Congress' Coolidge Auditorium. The occasion is a concert co-sponsored with the Embassy of Italy, performing Vivaldi violin concertos and other pieces in honor of one-time Speaker of the House Nicholas Longworth, who was an accomplished violinist. 8 p.m. Free; registration required.

Des Demonas at Comet Ping Pong: Des Demonas sound like the kind of band you might stumble across on a “Nuggets” box set or an imported “Garage Bands of the '60s” compilation: driving tambourine, fuzzed-out guitars, skronky Farfisa organ riffs, whip-crack drums. But the local quintet brings an updated urgency on songs like “The South Will Never Rise Again” and “Do No Wrong.” Des Demonas releases its debut album at Comet Ping Pong with openers Quattracenta and DJ Baby Alcatraz. 10 p.m. $12.

Antibalas at the Hamilton: Brooklyn’s Antibalas has been among Afrobeat’s foremost ambassadors and innovators for two decades. In 2017, the 12-piece band returned with its first album in five years, “Where the Gods Are in Peace,” a cosmic appraisal of oppression and survival expressed through jazz-, hip-hop-, and punk-inflections of the genre. 8 p.m. $20-$25.

Saturday, Jan. 13

'Big' at the AMC Loews Uptown Theatre: Looking for something to do with the kids on weekend mornings to beat the winter blahs? Weekend Morning Movies at the AMC Loews Uptown fits the bill. Each week features a different family-friendly selection at the historic Cleveland Park movie house, such as this weekend’s screening of the Tom Hanks classic “Big.” You don’t have to have kids in tow to appreciate the chance to see “Back to the Future” (Jan. 20-21) or “The Princess Bride” (Feb. 10-11) on the Uptown’s huge screen. Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. $5.59.

One Eight Distilling third anniversary party: The Rock Creek whiskeys and Ivy City gin from One Eight Distilling have found their way into local cocktail lounges and home bars over the past three years, and the Ivy City distillery is throwing a party to celebrate. Cocktails made with One Eight spirits in the tasting room cost $10 at opening, and prices will drop $1 per hour until 8 p.m. Free tours of the production facility are offered on the hour from 1:30 through 4:30 p.m., and food trucks will be parked outside. 1 to 10 p.m. Free; food and drink priced individually.

Oliver Brewing's 25th anniversary party: When Oliver Brewing opened its doors in Baltimore in 1993, there were 446 breweries and brewpubs operating  in the United States, according to the Brewers Association. As of June 30, there were 5,562, with thousands more being planned. Oliver is a survivor, but it hasn’t rested on its laurels: The company expanded from a  brewpub basement to a new, larger facility in 2015 and is canning its traditional English-style ales and modern IPAs and sour beers to send them far beyond Charm City. To mark a quarter-century in business, Oliver is throwing a party with a performance by Jerry Wade Music, food trucks and the release of six beers, including collaborations with the Brewer’s Art, 3 Stars and Manor Hill, in cans. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Fetty Wap at the Fillmore: It has been a few years since Fetty Wap crooned his way into our hearts, serenading his ride-or-die woman over ray-gun synths on “Trap Queen.” Since then, the New Jersey native has been trying to figure out how to follow up a song that has half a billion YouTube views. It hasn’t been easy, but as Fetty prepares his long-delayed second album, he needs to remember that his strong suit is all that crooning. 8 p.m. $35.

Cherry Poppin' Daddies at Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom: Just over 20 years ago, a horn-driven ska-punk band called the Cherry Poppin' Daddies became the unlikely face of the Great Swing Dance Revival, thanks to the pulsing and tom-toms on the hit single “Zoot Suit Riot,” which were like catnip to young Lindy Hoppers. The Daddies couldn't build on the success of “Zoot Suit Riot,” but the band is still plugging away, recently recording tributes to the Rat Pack and the Cotton Club. They're visiting Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom for a night of nostalgia, complete with a free dance lesson, beginning at 8. 9 p.m. to midnight. $30.

Sunday, Jan. 14

Tribute to Dolores Kendrick at Busboys and PoetsDolores Kendrick, who served as Washington's Poet Laureate for nearly two decades, passed away in November at the age of 90. Friends, students and fellow poets gather at the original Busboys and Poets on 14th Street NW to share memories and verses in her honor. 7 to 9 p.m. Free.

The Old-School Hip-Hop Bar Crawl: D.C.'s coolest bar crawl returns to U Street for a Sunday afternoon excursion, thanks to Monday's holiday. Six bars are participating, each with different DJs, drink specials and musical themes — “Pharell vs. Timbaland vs. Kanye” at Amsterdam Lounge, for example. The final destination is Provision No. 14, where the all-star team of Jahsonic, Harry Hotter and Casper trade off on the decks. 3 to 11 p.m. $20 in advance, $30 at the door.

Black Alley at the Fillmore Silver Spring: Black Alley was founded in Southeast Washington. As one of the most respected acts in the District, the group has performed with the likes of Common, Mack Wilds and Marsha Ambrosius. Black Alley’s sound — which it describes as “hood rock” — is a mix of soul, rock and hip-hop. 8:30 p.m. $20.

Fifth Column Reunion at Eighteenth Street Lounge: Fifth Column was one of D.C.'s most important nightclubs the late '80s and early '90s, the kind of place where you might even find Bill Clinton blowing his sax. (No, really. That happened.) Since old clubbers never really say goodbye to the late nights, a group of Fifth Column employees and regulars are hosting a reunion at Eighteenth Street Lounge to mark what would have been the club's 30th anniversary, soundtracked by some of its original DJs. 9 p.m. Email fifthcolvmn@gmail.com to get on the guest list.

Monday, Jan. 15

Women's Voices Theater Festival: If you see a play in the Washington area this winter, there’s a good chance that it’ll be the work of a female playwright. More than 20 productions from female playwrights and theater-makers will hit stages as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Shows include Sarah DeLappe’s “The Wolves” at Studio Theatre, which chronicles the drama of a season of girls’ winter indoor soccer; Timberlake Wertenbaker’s American Revolution-themed “Jefferson Garden” at Ford’s Theatre; and Annalisa Dias’s “4,380 Nights” at Signature Theatre, about a prisoner languishing in Guantanamo Bay.  Various times and locations.

Martin Luther King Jr. birthday parade: Since 1979, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday has been honored with a parade on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard SE. Community leaders and organizations set out from the intersection with Good Hope Road in historic Anacostia at noon and march to the Barry Farm Recreation Center, where a health and community fair is held. An annual two-mile Peace March, which has counted Donnie Simpson, Dick Gregory and Nick Cannon among its attendees, begins at 10 a.m. and also finishes at Barry Farm. Free.  

'Let Freedom Ring' at the Kennedy Center: The annual “Let Freedom Ring” concert honoring Martin Luther King Jr. returns with the Let Freedom Ring Choir and Grammy and Tony-nominated singer Vanessa Williams. Ticket distribution begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Hall of Nations. 6 p.m. Free.

— Fritz Hahn, Jennifer Abella, Adele Chapin, Macy Freeman and Chris Kelly

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Going Out Guide

16 things to do in the D.C. area over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend

By Going Out Guide staff

January 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

One Eight Distilling marks its third anniversary in Ivy City Saturday with discounted whiskey and gin cocktails. (One Eight Distilling)

Friday, Jan. 12

DC in D.C. at the Newseum: Expect to see a lot of superhero costumes around Washington this weekend in honor of DC in D.C., a three-day celebration of comic books put on by DC Comics, the publishers behind Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Highlights include a screening of the animated “Batman: Gotham by Gaslight” on Friday; themed panel discussions on comic book history and diversity on Saturday; and a pop-up shop outside the Newseum with classic graphic novels and other merchandise for sale, costumes on display and signing sessions featuring DC-related actors, artists and writers. Through Sunday. Free admission.

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