If youâ€™re looking for something to do this weekend,Â then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan February 8, 9 and 10. Also, we’re testing out a new (more organized) list — so here goes!
Friday, February 8
- Learn about wolves at National Geographic: The National Geographic Museum will host a discussion on the “The Hidden Life of Wolves,” where participants will get an “intimate look at a long-misunderstood creature.” The presentation starts at 7:30 pm.
- Latin Rock and Reggae dance party: “Good Vibes” takes overÂ TropicaliaÂ on Friday night, with live music from Anexo Social, Kickoman and DJ Rockactivo. Doors open at 7 pm; tickets are $5.
- A Mardi Gras and Carnaval Festival at the Black Cat: TheÂ Mardi Gras and Carnaval show at the Black Cat will feature the music ofÂ Johnny Grave and The Tombstones, Black Masala and Norman Rockwell. The show will also have sideshow performances by Muloch’s Midway and burlesque performances from Palace Productions. Tickets are $12; doors open at 9 pm.
- Try the late-night menu at TakEATEasy: The new restaurant spot at 1990 M Street NW opens this Friday, February 8 from the same brothers who brought youÂ neighborhood favorite,Â Fast Gourmet, at 14th and W Streets NW. TakeEATEasy will be open fromÂ 11 am until 5Â am, and the late night menu will serveÂ gourmet sandwiches.Â
Saturday, February 9
- Discuss Tacos at the National Museum of American History:Â If you’re a fan of the taco, theÂ National Museum of American HistoryÂ will hold a discussion on Saturday from 1:30 until 4 pm called Taco Nation/Planet Taco: How Mexican-American Food Conquered the World. HistorianÂ Jeffrey Pilcher, syndicated columnistÂ Gustavo Arellano and Smithsonian curatorÂ Rayna Green will lead the panel.
- Grab your mask and head to the Mardi Gras Masquerade:Â Art Soiree productions and Alliance Francaise are throwing a Mardi Gras Masquerade at theÂ Washington ClubÂ (15 Dupont Circle NW).Â The eventÂ â€” which includes an open wine and beer bar,Â French pastries and a five-piece brass bandÂ â€” is $60 and begins at 9 pm. Attire is black-tie optional and masks are highly encouraged.
- Two events at the 9:30 Club: If you’re feeling ambitious on Friday night, the 9:30 Club is holding an early show at 7 pm (Crash Boom Bang is headlining) and then a dance party with DJs Bob Mould and Richard Morel, starting at 11:30 pm. Head over to SatelliteÂ RoomÂ during the break in sets for aÂ “heavenly” boozy shake or some comfort food.
Sunday, February 10
- Grab some brunch: Get you and start your day off with some eggs and a mimosa or two. Here are some favorite placesÂ the Borderstan contributors like to brunch.
- Aretha Franklin tribute at the Howard Theatre: Ada Dyer and The “A” Band will play a tribute show to Aretha Franklin on Sunday. The show starts at 8 pm, doors open at 6 pm, tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show.
- Music at DC9: Willy Mason and Nina Violet take the stage at DC9 on Sunday evening. The show starts at 8:30 pm, doors open at 8 pm.