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Weekend update: Plan ahead for January, February and March

(Michael Austin/For The Washington Post)

Here’s the rest of what’s inside Weekend:

• A guide to the weekend’s best events, including an Elvis birthday celebration with burlesque dancers, a hip-hop/classical collaboration in Columbia Heights and a Tony-nominated play starring Holly Twyford.

• Down-home cooking comes to Columbia Heights as Acre 121 serves up smoky barbecue, house-made sauces and condiments and live music several nights a week in the former CommonWealth Gastropub space.

• In a sandwich-crazed city, it’s torta time. We pick out three of the Mexican sandwich staples worth seeking.

• At Northside Social, the meet-the-winemaker events are way more than a wine tasting. With five small plates and generous pours, they’re perfect for a date night.

• Saturday’s Beauty Pill show is the culmination of the band’s “Immersive Ideal” project, in which the D.C. rock quintet transformed Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre into a recording studio over 2-1/2 weeks last summer.

• Often labeled the female Hamlet, the titular character in Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” is one of the most complex women in all of theater.

• Irish contemporary artist Aoife Collins (her first name is pronounced EE-fa) takes mundane, mass-produced items and transforms them into objets d’art through hours of labor.

• On screen, Ann Hornaday gives “Pariah” four stars: “[Director Dee] Rees ... captures the angst and brimming brio of Alike’s journey with extraordinary sensitivity and observant wit, infusing an otherwise familiar coming-of-age tale with humor, style and an ear for dialogue and music that grounds the movie in street-wise verisimilitude.”

• “Norwegian Wood” “excels at ambience with an otherworldly melancholy that saturates each scene.”



Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.

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