Every Tuesday, the Going Out Guide highlights the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events at goingoutguide.com.
It seems like yesterday that hip-hop fans were passing around copies of a hot new hip-hop crew from Staten Island, whose rough-edged rhymes contained references to Eastern philosophy and the New York projects, and whose songs were littered with dialogue from kung-fu movies. “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” became one of the most influential albums in the genre, thanks to RZA’s dark, minimal production, the use of soul samples and the singular vocal styles of Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Clan’s debut album with a special edition of Wu-Tang Wednesday at Satellite Room when DJs spin the Wu all night. Make sure to ask for the Wu-Tang drink menu.
Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Satellite Room, 2047 Ninth St. NW. 202-506-2496. www.satellitedc.com. Free.
Your motto has been “Turn Down for What?” but maybe you’re now considering what that “what” could be. You’ve popped bottles, partied in the DJ booth and danced on tables in VIP areas, but that turn-up may be acquiring a slightly stale feeling. What to do? Take it back to the old days, when you hit the roller rink for elementary school birthday parties, then on first tentative dates as a middle-schooler. But now that you’re an adult, you can skate to more adult selections spun by DJs K-Meta and Mista Selecta. And because the Late Skate is officially billed as a pajama party, you can hit the floor in a terry cloth footie ensemble or a Beyoncé onesie if you so desire.
Friday at 11 p.m. Lanham Skate Center, 9901 Lanham Severn Rd., Lanham. 301-577-1733. www.lateskate.splashthat.com. $10.
It’s becoming more common for artists to allow fans to remix songs by their favorite artists: Steve Aoki, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5 have been reworked for official contests. But the Smithsonian is offering something different for its latest Smithsonian at 8 event: A chance for budding producers to remix animal sounds, sonified X-rays of stars and raw Appalachian folk into original music, which will be played by a DJ at Friday’s party at the S. Dillon Ripley Center. When you’re not dancing to the sounds of Tungara frogs or chisos katydids, listen to DJs and sound-effect engineers discuss how our brains process sounds and show off the latest mixing tricks. A cash bar will be available; VIP tickets include two drinks and reserved seats at the demonstrations.
Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $30 VIP.
Fish peppers were a staple of African American cooking in Maryland in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and possibly even in Colonial days. Their piquant flavor has been rediscovered by chefs in recent years, thanks to Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen, which uses fish peppers in its hot sauce, and gardeners interested in heirloom vegetables. The City Blossoms public garden has been growing its own chili peppers and is turning them into Flying Fish Pepper Barbecue Sauce. Get a taste during a special barbecue at Dacha Beer Garden. Grab a $5 pulled pork sandwich, listen to the 19th Street Band play bluegrass and sip German beers and Distillery Lane cider. If you like the sauce, take a bottle home for $5; all food and drink sales benefit City Blossoms. This is a great chance to enjoy the end of fall around a firepit at Shaw’s coolest new beer garden: Dacha closes for the season soon.
Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Dacha Beer Garden, 1600 Seventh St. NW. 202-524-8790. www.cityblossoms.org. Free.