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Celebrated Tropixxx party rocker Mathias and vibrant Catch A Vibe party host DreSoulHigh have joined forces to bring some of D.C. and Baltimore’s most sought-after underground all-stars to the main stage of The Howard Theatre for a brand new party, Catch That. Both hosts curate famously intimate throwdowns at one of the U Street Corridor’s favorite dives, Velvet Lounge, but Howard Theatre’s massive dance floor and a matching, ultra-talented line-up allows them to maximize the party’s potential turn-up. Read more >>> The event begins at 11 p.m. at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $10–$15. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Casey Embert)
Declaration in Shaw is hosting an Oscars viewing party on Sunday. They’ll serve movie-themed pizzas ($17) paired with bottles of Prosecco ($20). Additionally, there will be actor and actress speciality cocktails ($8) like “A Dancing Ryan” and “A Streep Statement.” Whoever arrives in the best outfit will win a $50 cash prize. The award show begins at 8:30 p.m. Declaration, 804 V St. NW. (202) 627-2277. declarationrestaurant.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Bid adieu to MLK Library and support local artists at ALB’s Rock the Stacks, a benefit concert featuring sets by Benjy Ferree, The Fort Knox Five, and a supergroup called The ALB All-Stars, as well as cocktails from Room 11. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 7 p.m. at 901 G St. NW. $75.
Friday: R&B artist Ledisi teams up with the NSO Pops and The Mellow Tones, an ensemble from the Duke Ellington School for the Arts, for an evening of jazz, funk, and ballads. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $29–$99.
Friday: Tennessee-based songwriter LOLO, who also did time on Broadway in the original cast of Spring Awakening, plays an early show at DC9. 7 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
Saturday: It’s hard to be a modern day opera composer and harder still to write a new opera that sticks, much less more than one. Jake Heggie was behind 2010’s enthralling Moby-Dick, one of the Washington National Opera’s best productions in recent years. But his opera that’s become known as a modern classic is Dead Man Walking, a Louisiana nun’s account of being spiritual advisor to a convicted murderer on death row. Heggie’s opera, written with Terrence McNally, the Broadway veteran librettist, debuted less than two decades ago and has since become part of the contemporary opera repertory. Read more >>> The opera runs Feb. 25 to March 11 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. $45–$300. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.(Mike Paarlberg)
Saturday: Local dance ensemble Ron K. Brown/EVIDENCE presents Walking out the Dark, a new piece that explores the different ways families and friends support each other, at Dance Place. 8 p.m. at 3225 8th St. NE. $15–$30.
Sunday: D.C. native and Duke Ellington School alumnus Brian Settles sculpts the music of his saxophone into drawn-out, nearly drone-like meditations on the relationships and purpose of time, space, and sound in music. You can hear his sax cry sweet sounds of joy and celebration when he plays with trombonist Reginald Cyntje or push boundaries when he plays in Michael Formanek’s Ensemble Colossus. The bandleader bassist and tenacious tenor-man break musical ground together when they perform as a duo as part of the final “Jazz In The Basement” concert series at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library before it closes for renovations. Read more >>> The Michael Formanek/Brian Settles Duo performs at 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. (202) 727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
Sunday: The National Gallery of Art opens its latest exhibition, The Urban Scene: 1920–1950, a collection of drawings and prints by American artists. Noon at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
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