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Maybe you have a secret fantasy about going to a rave in a museum, or maybe you’ve got a fetish that compels your hips to shake when you see a statue of Buddha. Either way, the Asia After Dark series at the Freer is where you want to be. DJ Rekha will be on hand to spin everything from bhangra to dancehall and hip hop. Since she’s pals with M.I.A., maybe she’ll even drop in Tom Morello’s rocked-out cover of “Paper Planes” or that crazy new /\/\/\Y/\ track with the Suicide sample.
If you’d rather act like the awkward kid at the eighth-grade dance, you can ignore the music entirely. Check out Lalkaare Sheran De’s bhangra moves, enjoy a few cocktails, or walk through the Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas exhibit. But if someone does catch you getting your groove on in front of a Tibetan masterpiece, don’t be embarrassed. Let your freak flag fly high.
Thursday, July 15, 6:30–10:30 PM at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW. $20 (includes one free drink). (202) 633-1000.