It's like the Las Vegas desert around these parts this weekend. Stay cool, rock out to some shows around town or catch screenings of Spiderman or Take This Waltz.
BOOKS, OPEN MIC, ART, DANCE
The Union of Concerned Scientists study the art of keeping cool in Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living. Politics and Prose. Saturday. 6 p.m. Free.
DCypher: DCoded Joy of Motion Dance Center presents new works by Laura Edwards, Ama Henry, Maurice Johnson, Aurelia Michael and Viktor Wallace. Atlas Performing Arts Center. Saturday. 8 p.m.
Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow's Stocking the Fridge, featuring new works from the artist's past 31 Days in July projects and one from the first week of 2012 edition. Works are inspired by the morning news, most are a reflection of current events. The Fridge. Saturday opening reception. 7 p.m.
WKS Fashion Trunk Show at Jordin's Paradise. Sunday. 11 a.m.
Florence Williams, author and contributing editor at Outside, discusses her new book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, an informative and humorous study in the breasts' life cycle. Politics and Prose. Sunday. 5 p.m.
S+S (Singer-Songwriter) Open Mic at Busboys and Poets/5th&K. Sunday. 7:30 p.m. $5.
Broadway ROCKS! A night of music from Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys, Dream Girls, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Rock of Ages, The Lion King and more, sung by Broadway performers Rob Evan, Morgan James, LaKisha Jones and Doug LaBrecque. Wolf Trap Filene Center. Friday. 8:15 p.m. $20 - $52.
Civilian Art Projects and Sasha Lord present Summer Scream 2 with music from electro-pop band Video Love, Heavy Breathing and Janka Nabay and interactive art and dancers. Comet Ping Pong. Friday. 10 p.m. $10.
If you're missing out on Coldplay and Robyn at the Verizon Center this weekend, no worries. The Swedish DJ and producer takes the stage at U Street Music Hall. Saturday & Sunday. $30. Tickets sold at door for Saturday. Sunday's set is SOLD OUT.
Nostalgic for your youth? No Scrubs: 90's Dance Party with DJs Will Eastman and Brian Billion. 9:30 Club. Saturday. 9 p.m. $15.
Hasidic Jewish hip-hop singer Matisyahu & reggae-pop band Dirty Heads perform at Wolf Trap. Moon Taxi opens. Sunday. 3 p.m. $38 in-house, $29 lawn.
Pop-rock singer Trevor Hall performs at Rock and Roll Hotel. Justin Young and Justin Trawick open. Sunday. 7 p.m. $15.
An unusually true and bittersweet portrait of human relationships, Take This Waltz stars Michelle Williams as 28-year-old Margot, happily married to Lou, played by Seth Rogan. On a flight home she meets Daniel, an artist who turns out to be her neighbor, and their mutual attraction is undeniable. Avalon Theatre/E Street Theatre. Opens Friday.
A special screening of Frederick Wiseman's documentary, La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet, a riveting and immersive look into the world of the Paris Opera Ballet, from rehearsals to production design to costuming. Paris Opera Ballet's artistic director Brigitte Lefevre will appear in-person. AFI Silver Theatre. Friday. 7:15 p.m.
Whores' Glory, Michael Glawogger's third film in his globalization trilogy, following Megacities and Workingman's Death, is an explicit documentary of global prostitution. It's an intimate look into the lives of ordinary women who live in worlds where poverty and survival dictate their choices. Winner of the Orizzonti Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. E Street Cinema. Opens Friday.
H.P. Lovecraft Double Feature with screenings of the horror master's The Whisperer in Darkness and The Call of Cthulhu. Artisphere. Saturday. 8 p.m. $8.