Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Stone Soup Films’ Lights! Camera! Fashion! First Dibs Kickoff Party
3330 Cady’s Alley NW
Lights! Camera! Fashion! is back for a second year. Shop designer clothes donated by DC’s stylish women (yes, they really exist—this town isn’t quite the bastion of ill-fitting Ann Taylor like the rest of the world might believe it is) and feel good about spending: Stone Soup Films does pro-bono production work on promotional films for DC nonprofits. Meaning: looking good never felt so good.
Deal nearby: Billy Martin’s Tavern
Friday, March 7, 6 p.m.
Oskar Blues Brewery Beer Dinner
RFD, 810 7th St. NW
Five courses from RFD’s super-solid kitchen, known for its elevated bar food, will be paired with five tastings from Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery. Cheese and charcuterie, melon and prosciutto salad, crawfish and andouille gumbo, burgers, and a flourless chocolate torte will meet their match in longstanding favorites (Dale’s Pale Ale, Ten Fidy Russian Imperial Stout) and lesser-known suds (G’Knight Imperial Red Ale, Gubna Imperial IPA). Pro-tip: Be sure to savor the flavors – none of the offered beverages will be below six percent ABV.
Deal nearby: Irish Channel
Saturday, March 8, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Smudge! Comics Expo
Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
The sometimes-embattled Artisphere might find its reinvention in comics and illustration. It’s hosted the DC Conspiracy comics collective, and is today home to the inaugural Smudge! Expo, a “new comics arts expo meant to showcase independent comics and inspire attendees to become storytellers themselves.” The national heavy-hitters of SPX, Smudge exhibitors are not, but the several dozen displaying their work include the well-respected Matt Dembicki, the dreamy G.E. Gallas, and the utterly charming Rachel Comics.
Deal nearby: Joe’s Place Pizza and Pasta
Sunday, March 9th, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
VideoFreex With Portapaks
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW
The National Gallery of Art’s routine Sunday repertory screenings gets a little throwback-weird today, when it will show selections of videos produced by the Videofreex collective. Active between 1969 and 1978, the Freex used Portapaks— battery-powered, self-contained, single-operator analog videotape recording systems with instantaneous playback—to pioneer the recording of images and sound for community television, activist causes, and other alternative channels (think pirate TV stations). This screening includes Videofreex-conducted interviews with Fred Hampton of the Black Panthers and Youth International Party organizer Abbie Hoffman, and Freex members Parry Tesdale and Skip Blumberg will be present for discussion.
Deal nearby: Mehak Indian Cuisine