Monday, Aug. 7
Psychotronic Film Society's Schlocky Horror Clip Show at Smoke and Barrel: On Monday nights, the long-running Washington Psychotronic Film Society screens weird, cult and forgotten films — the kind that might be mocked on “Mystery Science Theatre 3000.” But for this event, WPFS president Carl Cephas, also known as Dr. Schock, has compiled a feature-length collection of his favorite horror movie clips, short films and TV shows. Expect the unexpected. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Tuesday, Aug. 8
One Minute Play Festival at the Round House Theatre: The premise behind the fourth annual One Minute Play Festival sounds like a dare: 40 playwrights are given exactly 24 hours to write plays that last exactly one minute, then one weekend to work with the actors and directors who will bring them to life. There are usually plays in this marathon of bite-size moments you wish would last just a little longer, but that's part of the charm. The festival repeats on Wednesday night. 8 p.m. $15.
Drag Bingo at Nellie's Sports Bar: The popular drag brunch at Nellie's can sell out weeks in advance, but if you hit the U Street bar for Tuesday night happy hour, you can grab a prime seat for the weekly drag bingo with Ba'Naka and Sasha. The hosts mix loads of sass and musical performances into the games, and there are new themes and prizes each week. Afterward, stick around for karaoke. 7 to 9 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, Aug. 9
Union Craft Brewing anniversary at Roofers Union: Baltimore's Union Craft Brewing celebrated its fifth birthday last weekend with a sold-out bash. If you didn't make it up to Charm City, don't worry: Roofers Union is hosting a D.C. version of the anniversary party, with 10 Union taps, including two new beers, alongside Old Pro, Duckpin and other favorites. All Union pints cost $7 all night. 5 p.m.
Little Dragon at the 9:30 Club: There's a lot of buzz around Little Dragon's new album “Season High,” the first release in three years from the Swedish electro-pop group. Their Aug. 8 show at the 9:30 Club sold out quickly, but a second night has been added for fans of warm, hazy '80s nostalgia. 7 p.m. $35.
Thursday, Aug. 10
'Top Gun' at the Library of Congress: The Library of Congress Outdoor Film Festival limits its selections to movies that have been enshrined in the Library's National Film Registry, so you know you'll never get a dud. This week's selection is “Top Gun,” which was added to the Registry in 2015, and it's hard to imagine a more appropriate setting to cheer for Maverick and Goose than the Library's north lawn, across the street from both the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Bring a picnic, though food trucks usually park on East Capitol Street. 8 p.m. Free tickets available but not required through Eventbrite.
Fleetmac Wood at U Street Music Hall: Fleetwood Mac's classic “Rumours” turned 40 this year, and what better way to celebrate than hearing Fleetmac Wood — a.k.a. DJs Roxanne Roll and Smooth Sailing — remix and reimagine cuts from the album alongside the originals? (In their hands, “Second Hand News” is a natural disco stomper.) The dress code for their “Rumours Rave” is "1977 or your best celebratory sparkles.” 10 p.m. $10 in advance.
'Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald: Revealing Her Life As a Visual Artist' at Glenview Mansion: Interest in Zelda Fitzgerald has rekindled in recent years, with the publication of the biographical novel “Z”; the Amazon series “Z: The Beginning of Everything”; those dualing biopics starring Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson. You might be familiar with Zelda the writer, but how much do you know about Zelda the artist? Roberta S. Mandrekas, the president of the annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, discusses Fitzgerald's output, from landscapes to paper dolls, at this lecture. (As a reminder, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald are buried in Rockville.) 7 p.m. Free.
Friday, Aug. 11
Otakon at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center: After 18 years in Baltimore, one of America's largest anime conventions is moving to D.C. It's Otakon, a celebration of Japanese culture, from anime and manga to arcade games, karaoke and cosplay. Expect Q&A panel sessions with anime directors and voice actors, free video game sessions, art displays, movie screenings, dance parties and costume contests over three packed days. $80-$95 in advance, $100 at the door.
Summer Soiree at the Ritz-Carlton: For the month of August, the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown has transformed its outdoor courtyard into “Rosé All Day,” a pop-up bar featuring pink wine in multiple forms: By the bottle or glass, frozen; or in cocktails. This Summer Soiree features DJs and half-price happy hour drinks all night. 4 to 11 p.m. Free.