If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, 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 over Tropicalia 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: The Mardi Gras and Carnaval show at the Black Cat will feature the music of 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 you neighborhood favorite, Fast Gourmet, at 14th and W Streets NW. TakeEATEasy will be open from 11 am until 5 am, and the late night menu will serve gourmet sandwiches.
Saturday, February 9
- Discuss Tacos at the National Museum of American History: If you’re a fan of the taco, the National Museum of American History will hold a discussion on Saturday from 1:30 until 4 pm called Taco Nation/Planet Taco: How Mexican-American Food Conquered the World. Historian Jeffrey Pilcher, syndicated columnist Gustavo Arellano and Smithsonian curator Rayna Green will lead the panel.
- Grab your mask and head to the Mardi Gras Masquerade: Art Soiree productions and Alliance Francaise are throwing a Mardi Gras Masquerade at the Washington Club (15 Dupont Circle NW). The event — which includes an open wine and beer bar, French pastries and a five-piece brass band — 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 Satellite Room during the break in sets for a “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 places 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.