Every Tuesday, the Going Out Guide staff highlights the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events at www.goingoutguide.com.
The highlight of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s annual Artini gala is its cocktail competition, in which at least 10 local mixologists create original cocktails inspired by works in the gallery’s permanent collection. In the weeks leading up to Artini, the mixologists hold “Feature Nights” at their bars and serve their cocktails. (It’s doubly rewarding, as a portion of the proceeds benefits the Corcoran’s NOW program for young and emerging contemporary artists.) The 2014 series kicks off at the W Hotel’s P.O.V. Lounge, where Joe Ambrose will be shaking up his drink, which draws on Childe Hassam’s colorful landscape “A North East Headland.” Upcoming nights to watch include The Gibson (Feb. 18), Quill (Feb. 25) and Farmers Fishers Bakers (March 5).
Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. P.O.V. at the W Hotel, 515 15th St. NW. 202-661-2400. www.corcoran.org/artini. Free.
Several nights a week, Flash serves as an incubator for rising electronic-music talent, hosting the buzzed-about and the soon-to-blow in its tight Shaw venue. There are almost always artists worth seeing, but having King Britt on the decks free of charge makes it a mandatory stop this week. Few in his field have consistently made an impact in multiple genres for as long as he has. As a DJ, King Britt has been globe-trotting for a couple of decades, playing everything from big-room bangers to abstract ambient sounds. His production résumé covers techno, hip-hop, soul and world music. And his projects as a curator have unearthed the work of folk artists and re-imagined them in modern contexts. Joining King Britt for this special mid-week session are such D.C. hip-hop maestros as DJs Ragz, Oso Fresh, Throdown, Jon Q and Irie X.
Wednesday at 8 p.m. Flash, 645 Florida Ave. NW. 202-827-8791. www.flashdc.com. Free.
Looking for a way to combine your love of classical music and your love of freshly made beer? The local genre-crossing classical ensemble All Points West is gearing up for its performance at next month’s Atlas Intersections Festival with a five-hour open rehearsal at the Atlas Brew Works in Ivy City. Listen to the ensemble’s piece “DarkCity,” which incorporates works by Duke Ellington and Aaron Copland, while touring the five-month-old brewery and sampling a few beers. Pints are $5 during the event.
Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. Atlas Brew Works, 2052 West Virginia Ave. NE. 202-832-0420. www.atlasbrewworks.com. Free.
The Human Rights Campaign’s annual Her HRC celebration is too big to confine to one night or one venue. The lineup for the party at Town is solid enough: DJ Rosie (Lure at Cobalt, Club Hippo), DJ India (Ozio, Madam’s Organ) and DJ Dee Dub (Lure at Cobalt, Zeba Bar) are among the female DJs providing dance music from 8 p.m. to midnight. At midnight, the action moves to Phase 1, said to be the country’s oldest continually operating lesbian bar, where the beats go until 3 a.m. The next morning, the party reconvenes at Hank’s Oyster Bar for a special extended Presidents’ Day Ladies Brunch.
Dance party: Sunday at 8 p.m. Town Danceboutique, 2009 Eighth St. NW. www.hrc.org/events. $15; $40 for party and brunch; $75 VIP (access at 7 p.m.).
Brunch: Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hank’s Oyster Bar, 1624 Q St. NW. 202-462-4265. www.hrc.org/events. $25, includes food but not drinks.