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Through Sunday: It's been four years since the last Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival, and if you miss this one, know this: You won't see comedian Tig Notaro, one of last year's best-selling comedians; Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman from "Parks and Recreation"; Nick Kroll from "Kroll Show" and Funny or Die; and plenty of other rising comedians who will be famous in coming years. It kicks off tonight with a performance starring Notaro. See our list of picks for the weekend here. Read: Meet Tig Notaro: Belle of the Bentzen Ball.
Friday-Saturday: The fifth annual VelocityDC Dance Festival offers an exceptional array of physical movement under one roof. You'll see swing, flamenco, tap, ballet, step, Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance among the 20 companies and performers scheduled to take the stage at Sidney Harman Hall this weekend. Performances are Friday at 8 p.m and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.
Saturday: Pennsylvania Avenue becomes an open-air food court as the annual Taste of D.C. event attracts more than 70 of the city's restaurants and food trucks for al fresco tastes from noon to 7 p.m. Go highbrow with offerings from Central Michel Richard, Circa and Teak Wood, or keep things simple with pizza from Pete's Apizza, burgers from BGR and half-smokes from Ben's Chili Bowl. Read: Your Taste of D.C. primer.
Saturday: It's not a birthday party without balloons, and Artisphere happens to have 150 floating around to celebrate three years in Arlington. These aren't just any balloons: It's Andy Warhol's "Silver Clouds" exhibition, which attendees will have special access to starting at 8 p.m. at the Night of 1,000 Andys, along with a dance party and concert featuring the MarchFourth Marching Band, left, electro-pop duo Javelin, locals Ingelside Collective and DJ sets by Baby Alcatraz and Ian Svenonious. Go dressed in your Pop Art finest or Warhol's silver-wig-and-turtleneck look and you'll fit right in.
Saturday: Distillery Lane Ciderworks grows 45 different varieties of apples on more than 3,000 trees to make its range of hard and non-alcoholic ciders. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the farm during its first fall festival, the "It's All About the Apples" fall festival, which includes guided tours of the orchard, cider tastings, cooking and beekeeping demonstrations, live music and, of course, apple picking.
Saturday: No better time than a rainy, chilly night to hole up in a club and dance yourself silly. And here's where you should be doing said dancing on Saturday night: Liv. Mix-master DJ Spinna and Stevie's vast discography are at the heart of Wonder-full, Spinner's traveling Stevie Wonder tribute event. Wonder-full is so legit that Stevie himself has called during the party to give it and those gathered in his name his full blessing. Get the full Stevie Wonder immersion experience with Spinna on the decks at Liv.
Saturday: Author and sex columnist Dan Savage discusses his new book, "American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics," during one of the featured events of the Jewish Literary Festival, which runs through Wednesday at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center. Savage's conversation begins at 8 p.m.
Saturday: You probably don't think of Politics and Prose as a place to grab a beer, although the popular bookstore does serve brews from D.C. Brau, Great Lakes and Port City during trivia night and selected author readings. This weekend, Politics and Prose will be hosting its first beer tasting, which promises to be one of the most literate beer events in the city. Guests will taste small pours of eight Oktoberfest lagers and pumpkin beers and vote for a favorite in each category; the most popular picks of this weekend's Fall Beer Tasting will make it onto the store's forthcoming fall beer menu. As you sip, local author and historian Garrett Peck will talk about the history of brewing in D.C. Peck is the author of "Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren't," so he's well versed in local beer culture.
Sunday: Los Angeles rocker Hanni El Khatib plays the sort of fuzzed-out garage rock that makes your brain feel like it's speeding over a highway rumble strip. Much of his music exists in that sweet spot previously occupied by early White Stripes and Black Keys: testosterone-soaked, swaggering anthems of woe and redemption that can make an entire room bang its head in unison. He's joined by Bass Drum of Death at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Sunday.
Sunday: A trio of the city's top DJs, DJs John Jazz, Jahsonic and Keenan Orr, will be on the ones and twos at Patty Boom Boom on Sunday for the club's third Batti Party, a fundraiser for Jamaican LGBT support effort J-Flag. Expect reggae, soca, dancehall, rock steady and roots music to flow from the club's killer speakers.