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Vinyl that looks like art, dusty old records and plenty of music nerds are the hallmarks of the DC Record Fair, which returns to Penn Social on Sunday.
(Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Friday: When Byrds singer and guitarist Gene Clark released a solo record called "No Other" in 1974, it tanked spectacularly. His record label deemed it uncommercial, and it promptly hit No. 144 on the charts. Decades later, Clark's psychedelic melange of country rock, folk and gospel is finally getting recognition. A team of indie-folk stars, including members of Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes and Wye Oak, are performing "No Other" in its entirety just a handful of cities as part of the "Gene Clark No Other Tour." Catch it Friday at the 9:30 Club. Tickets, $25, are available here.

Friday-Saturday: Comedy doesn't have to be intellectual in order to be funny, but it's a lot more rewarding when the punch line is more than a catchphrase. If "Git-R-Done!" never did anything for you, Tim Lee is a PhD turned comedian who (eureka!) actually found a way to make PowerPoint presentations funny. He returns to Washington for performances Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 6 and 8 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25-$40; $10 for students and military.

Friday-Saturday: Bicycles and tiny cars have quietly become the polite vehicles of choice for navigating the Washington streetscape. That's why there's something thrillingly escapist about the epic rumble of rude, road-hogging, Mini Cooper-crushing monster trucks. The Monster Jam, which roars into Verizon Center on Friday and Saturday, gives such souped-up beasts as the Grave Digger and Iron Outlaw their due, and on nothing less than 66-inch tires. Things get rolling at 7:30 p.m. Friday  and 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday: Baseball season is just around the corner, but Natsfest is your chance to catch up with the Washington Nationals before the team reports to spring training in February. Meet the players, including newcomer Doug Fister, new manager Matt Williams and stars such as Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth; get autographs; meet the Racing Presidents; and enjoy more activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Tickets are $10-$20 in advance, $15-$25 at the door. Get tickets and a full schedule here.

Friday:  Waxahatchee is Katie Crutchfield, an exceptionally literate songwriter whose earnest one-woman show took off late last year with the release of “Cerulean Salt,” a record that seamlessly blends ’90s-style indie rock and, if you ask us, a hint of twee singer-songwriter sentimentality. The singer's star is rising (and so is her twin sister's; Allison Crutchfield is a member of Swearin', which will swing through town in coming months); consider the Black Cat show Friday a must-see. Tickets are $13.

Saturday: You managed to survive the Polar Vortex, but the Maryland Polar Bear Plunge is a different animal entirely. Join thousands of brave, swimsuit-clad souls who will barrel into the frigid Chesapeake Bay on Saturday at Sandy Point State Park to raise money for the Special Olympics of Maryland. After you've returned to shore and feeling returns to your extremities, you can celebrate your dual accomplishments at the post-plunge party, complete with DJs and, yes, plenty of hot chocolate. Sign up at A minimum donation of $75 is required.

Sunday-Feb. 1: Sunday marks the beginning of Meat Week 2014, which usually falls just before Ask Your Doctor About Lipitor Week. Area barbecue restaurants will be offering seven days of specials on ribs, pulled pork, brisket and anything else one might cook in a smoker for eight to 16 hours. Hosts include Rockville's Urban Bar-B-Que Company (Jan. 26), Penn Quarter's Hill Country Barbecue Market (Jan. 27), Del Ray's Pork Barrel BBQ (Jan. 29) and Bethesda's Smoke BBQ (Jan. 30). Visit  for the full schedule.

Sunday: D.C. has long been home to a vibrant community of crate diggers, and as newer collectors join their ranks, or are just curious about having a tactile relationship with their music, the D.C. Record Fair has fed their demand. The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Penn Social, and the record nerdery will keep going afterwards at Union Arts during the Analog Underground. There will be open turntables with sign-up from 5 to 6 p.m., with DJ Stuart Hudson taking over afterwards. Crafted Cocktails DC will handle the mixology.

Sunday:  Sackler Gallery's unusual, buzzy exhibition, "Yoga and the Art of Transformation," which was paired with yoga classes in the museum's halls, goes out this weekend with one last sun salutation. Sunday is the last day to see the show, which traces the roots of current yogini culture to ancient India.