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Weekend events: Crafty Bastards, Oktoberfest, Depressed Buttons

September 30, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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Crafty Bastards vendor Jennifer Strunge in her studio (Photo by Joshua Yospyn)


Rebirth of the Cool: Poolside BBQ at Capitol Skyline Hotel. Hosted by 30 Americans artist Kehinde Wiley, the event is way for guests to experience the artistic subculture that Wiley describes as "a truer example of my lived life." BBQ + booze the night away as you wistfully contemplate another summer's evaporation.

• Jenny Owen Youngs performs with Hank and Cupcakes at Red Palace. The indie-pop artist whose 2007 single "Fuck Was I" introduced her to the mainstream, talks her new album, Avril Lavigne, and cancer.

Great Big Plans by Jenny Owen Youngs



• Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair at Marie Reed Learning Center. Looped Yarn Works, Seeing in Fabric, The Small Object, and Figs + Ginger are among the more than 100 vendors at the all day fair. Dangerously Delicious Pies, Hill Country Barbecue and Amsterdam Falafel, among others will be dishing out eats.

• Germantown Oktoberfest at Ridge Road Park is precisely why October is a wonderful time of year. The festival runs from 11 a.m. until dusk.


Depressed Buttons featuring Clicks & Whistles and DENMAN at U Street Music Hall. Depressed Buttons is the new DJ trio of the indie-synth group The Faint. Clark Baechle, Todd Fink, and Jacob Thiele are embarking on a new project, releasing their first EP Qwerty last December.

Mad Decent WKND -Goodbye Athens, GA 4-30-11 by Depressed Buttons

Lithuanian Sweetheart is the final play in the Lithuanian Trilogy at Artisphere. Two brothers, one an SS volunteer, join with a farmer's daughter (cue inappropriate jokes) to survive. 3 p.m.

"Site Aperture"'s opening weekend at Flashpoint. Curator Danielle O'Steen brings together four artists in this site-specific installation. The exhibit challenges the traditional notions of space, with the artists working with materials ranging from dirt to Styrofoam.

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