Thursday, January 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
#coping Opening Reception
Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
The institutionalized style of the title of Claire Briggs’ Artisphere exhibition is #coping (pound sign and all). It’s a “series of crocheted wall hangings of common expressions that reflect the power of the words and the range of issues we cope with at any given moment”— meaning the employment of something as fleeting as a social-media hashtag is surprisingly fitting. Briggs’ art is reminiscent of the yarn-bombing craze that Artisphere happily embraced last year, but has the added gravity of serious, sometimes painful, emotions. #Coping’s free and runs until March 15. Its public opening reception is tonight from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., with a talk and Briggs will talk about her work with curator Cynthia Connelly at 7 p.m.
Deal nearby: Joe’s Place
Friday, January 10, 7 p.m.
Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW
A few years back, legendary beer bar Brickskeller changed hands. But its new identity isn’t much different: the Bier Baron has hardly revamped the divvy, townie vibe that was the Brickskeller’s hallmark, and has kept up the tradition of monthly beer events. Tonight, stop by for the Bier Baron’s annual stout bonanza. Taste a number of stouts that the bar’s beer director stashed away during 2013, including Founder’s Breakfast Stout, Goose Island Bourbon County 2012, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Du Claw Sweet Baby Jesus, 2012 New Holland Night Tripper and 2011 Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout. (We'll cheers to that.)
Deal nearby: Odeon Cafe
Saturday, January 11, 11 p.m.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW,
DJs Shea van Horn and Matt Bailer bring their long-running alternative dance night, Mixtape, to 9:30 Club tonight. Though the sweaty, frenzied DJ night does change venues (it’s recently been held at Black Cat), no matter the locale, those of us seeking electro, indie, and nu-disco thrills can take advantage of 9:30’s larger space and get moving. Mixtape is gay-forward (BYT and the Washington Blade frequently herald it as one of the best gay dance nights) but that shouldn’t stop those in pursuit of a night of high-powered, danceable – but still alt – jams.
Deal nearby: Julia’s Empanadas
Sunday, January 12, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
”Powerful City” Video Premier
Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW
Matta Fact makes chilled-out, melodic hip-hop that infuses strains of jazz and progressive rock and is a self-described “unassuming powerhouse.” Join him as he unveils his video for “Powerful City,” featuring label-mates Phenom and MC Logic. Busboys & Poets’ Langston Room will provide a setting driven by social justice for the premier, which we deem appropriate as “Powerful City” is something of an anthem for the unsettling range of inequity in DC.
Deal nearby: Fast Gourmet