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Happenstance Theater is experiencing a bout of depression. Set in 1930s America, Impossible! A Happenstance Circus poses a simple question: What’s a circus like without the funding? Gone are the brass bands, manic lions, and fear-inducing clown getups. Instead, it’s a visual showcase of skill, talent, and passion created by the performers themselves. The Happenstance team conjures a theatrical collage and creates a circus built on imagination. Read more >>> The show runs Jan. 31 to Feb. 9 at Round House Theatre Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $15–$25. (240) 644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org. (Tim Regan)
It’s not a proper Super Bowl weekend without some chili and booze. Jack Rose Dining Saloon is having its annual “Eat for Free, and Drink for Almost Free” Super Bowl party from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Customers can enjoy a free bowl of chili with corn bread, as well as $5 punch, pints, and whiskey. Bar snacks like duck fat fries with black truffle mayo and Sriracha ranch sauce will also be half-off regular prices. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW. (202) 588-7388. jackrosediningsaloon.com. (Raphaella Baek)
OH AND ALSO
Tonight: The Velvet Lounge hosts local rock groups Collapser, Drunk Tigers, Railsplitter, and Sunset Guns. 9:30 p.m. at 915 U St. NW. $8.
Tonight: The American University Independent Arts Collective presents a night of death metal featuring Morbid Saint, Ilsa, Noisem, and Genocide Pact. 8 p.m. at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $10–$12.
Tonight and Saturday: American Dance Institute presents Hapless Bizarre, a lively new piece by choreographer Doug Elkins that combines comedy, romance, and dance. 8 p.m. at 1570 East Jefferson St., Rockville. $15–$30.
Saturday: On its recent second full-length, Trouble, Brooklyn indie-rock band Hospitality channels less pop and more pathos. On tracks like “Inauguration,” palpitating bass ushers in heady-husky vocals and artfully disorienting riffs from vocalist and guitarist Amber Papini, and drummer Nathan Michel responds with percussive outbursts. Local Dischord affiliates Soccer Team, now at work on a second full-length album, open the show. Read more >>> Hospitality performs with Soccer Team at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $12. (202) 388-7635. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Chelsea Bryan)
Saturday: Dot Dash and History Repeated perform at Comet Ping Pong with St. Petersburg, Russia’s The Gumbas and DJ Baby Alcatraz. More details on Facebook. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.
Saturday: Local magazine The Intentional kicks off its new music series, D(C)IY, with a show featuring Humble Fire and Baby Bry Bry at The Alamo in Petworth. 8 p.m. at 719 Shepherd St. NW. $5 suggested donation.
Sunday: In the 1950 film noir Gun Crazy, a fired carnival markswoman tells the gun-loving Army vet she just married, “I got a funny feeling, I want to be good.” A few scenes later the beret-wearing gunslinger, played by Peggy Cummins, has persuaded John Dall to take part in a series of robberies. The film opens the National Gallery of Art’s series “Recovered Treasure: UCLA’s Festival of Preservation.” Read more >>> The film shows at 4:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Steve Kiviat)
Sunday: The University of Maryland presents for colored folks…, a combination of two choreopoems: Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf and Keith Antar Mason’s for black boys who have considered homicide when the streets were too much. 3 p.m. at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Free.