It’s kinda gray and rainy for a bar hop, but bear with me: Tonight’s got the makings of a classic 20-something Ward 1 booze triangle. Here’s how it goes: Start in Mount Pleasant at Marx Cafe, where DJ Mark Williams is hosting Soundclash, his long-going reggae and Jamaican oldies night. (No cover charge.) From there, walk south to Adams Morgan (if you dare), and hit the Kids in America new-wave night at Dahlak. (Also no cover.) After you’ve danced to a couple Kim Wilde tracks, venture to 14th Street NW for Modern World at the Black Cat’s backstage ($5). Dance to ’60s Brit rock and Northern soul, admire women in retro flight-attendant garb. Then! Stumble eastward to either Liberation Dance Party at DC9 ($7), Red Fridays at U Hall ($5) or Elated at Liv, where British house outfit Kinky Movement is headlining ($10-$15). Dance more. Remember to drink water. Around 3 a.m., take a cab home.
Or, you can take the sophisticated route, and check out the Friday openings at E Street Cinema or West End (see our movie listings), swing by Flashpoint for Tattooed Potato’s The Nightmare Dreamer ($15), catch Swervedriver at Rock & Roll Hotel ($18-$20), or follow our jazz critic’s advice and see Lee Ritenour, aka “Captain Fingers,” at Blues Alley ($43).
Or stay home and heat up a DiGiorno, you old person.
Food Network goddess Giada De Laurentiis will be in conversation with WaPo‘s Bonnie Benwick tomorrow evening at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, talking about the TV chef’s new book, Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner. $35-$45, book included. 8 p.m. at 6th and I streets NW.
For the punks out there, City Paper favorites Regents headline DC9 with Imperial China and Ladder Devils. (We wrote about a “sweet collabo” between Regents and Ladder Devils recently; read here.) 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. $10.
Quebec’s Genticorum is an acoustic ensemble that specializes in Québécoise folk tunes, and the trio puts on a vividly entertaining show. 2011’s Nagez Rameurs revolved around old Canadian tales of fur trapping and sea voyaging. The group plays Saturday evening as part of D.C.’s Francophonie Festival. 7:30 p.m. at the Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. $25.
The Georgetown Theatre Company and Women in Film & Video are partnering to present the fifth annual SWAN Day, an all-day celebration of women in the arts. Check out the schedule here.
And finally: the Blossom Kite Festival kicks off on the National Mall at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, though the skies are threatening rain. (The festival’s schedule will change in the event of bad weather.)
‘Tis the season to haul your bicycle out of hibernation, and it could also be a fabulous time to learn how to fix your own bicycle from top to bottom. Sunday afternoon, Mount Rainier Bike Co-Op is hosting a training session for folks interested in volunteering at the shop. All ages are welcome, but youth 18 and under must bring an adult. Snacks provided! Training begins at 2 p.m. at the unassuming house at 3601 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, Md. Free. Learn more on Facebook.
Oh, and it’s April Fool’s Day. Don’t take it too far.
Fans of hand-held waffles, wrapped up like gyros, have been largely out of luck in recent weeks. That’s because the Grids Waffle truck is in the shop. That won’t matter so much this weekend, though, because the waffles are coming indoors. Tonight (Friday) kicks-off a new weekly pop-up event at Fruit Bat, where local food trucks take over the restaurant’s kitchen. Beginning at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday, Grids will be griddling up its staples, including the “Gridlicious” with bacon and syrup and “I Know What You Grid Last Summer,” featuring chocolate chips, strawberries, and whipped cream. Operator Lu Koa is also unveiling a new concept for the event called the “P-Griddy.” It’s a cheese pizza waffle with fresh basil. All waffles are $8. The makeshift waffle shop is staying open late both nights. At least until 2 a.m. Maybe even later depending on demand. Fruit Bat, 1236 H St NE, (202) 399-2323. (Chris Shott)