A weekend of thinking inside a box, nostalgic dance parties, romanticism, and humorous political cartoons that foresee what's in store this year.
• A special screening of Young Goethe in Love at E Street Cinema. Director Philipp Stolzi's captivating story is based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's autobiographical The Sorrows of Young Werther. Set in the throws of Romanticism, young Goethe falls in love with Lotte, only to find out her hand in marriage has been promised to another man. The screening runs to Feb. 2.
• Art Soiree: Apocalyptoon 2012 at Artisphere. Mixing politics and art, the pop-up exhibition takes a humorous look at what 2012 will bring. The exhibit features original works by renowned editorial and political cartoonists including Kal of The Economist, Tom Toles of The Washington Post, Jeff Danziger of the Los Angeles Times, Daryl Cagle of MSNBC, Matt Wuerker of Politico, Damien Glez of La Monde and Dan Piraro of Bizzaro. The exhibit runs to Sunday. Free.
• Mirror to the World: Documentary Photograph 2012, a photographic narrative — storytelling in photos and words — opens at Photoworks Gallery. The exhibit curated by documentary photographer and author Frank Van Riper features photographs from Indonesia, Italy, China, the Pacific Northwest, and Washington, D.C.
• DC Hearts Jonathan Toubin benefit show at Comet Ping Pong. Comet Ping Pong, Civilian Art Projects, Sasha Lord and Bikram Yoga Capitol Hill bring a benefit and dance party for the soul DJ, who was injured in a freak accident last December. Featuring performances by Chain and the Gang, Cane and the Sticks & Deathfix w/ DJs Kid Congo Powers and Baby Alcatraz. 10 p.m. $10.
• An opening reception for Kay Jackson's Thinking Inside the Box at Addison/Ripley Fine Art. The D.C.-based artist's small-scale boxes examine the world in which we live. 6 p.m.
• Occupy D.C.'s riled masses raise money with OccupyTheStage Presents: Rhymes of Resistance at Busboys and Poets/5th&K. A night of dynamic speakers, poets, and hip-hop artists featuring Zein El-Amine, Henry Mills, Adonis, Safiyyah Abdullah, Ala Yaktieen, Radio Rahim and Leftist. 6 p.m. $5.
• Benevole - N St. Village - A Night of Royalty at the Dunes. A benefit for the women of N Street Village. An evening of empowering women, hors d'ouvres and high heel shoes. 7 p.m. $25.
• DJ Dredd presents "1958" A Dance Party at Rock and Roll Hotel. Wax nostalgia with Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna. 8 p.m. $13.
• The World's Most Provocative Programs: Television Out of the Box opens at Goethe-Institut. A selection of the world's most innovative productions screened at various venues coinciding with the International Public Television Conference, an annual producers' screening and discussion showcase. Screenings run until Feb. 4. Free, reservations required.
• Art + Coffee with silkscreen artist Kristina Bilonick at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 1:30 p.m.