$5 – $10 – $20: An entertainment guide for the cash-strapped college student

If you have $5

Head over to Busboys and Poets, the caf?/bookstore at 2021 14th Street N.W., Saturday at 11 p.m. You can grab a delicious bite to eat, or for just $3, you can spend an evening with Jack D. Ripper, Bat Guano, and possible world destruction by watching the Stanley Kubrick classic “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” It might be relevant to today. Maybe.

If you have $10

Grab a meal at American City Diner at 5532 Connecticut Ave., it’s time to take in another film. This time it’s “Working Girl,” a 1988 Best Picture nominee starring Melanie Griffith as a woman looking to make it in New York out from under the thumb of her boss. Sigourney Weaver and Harrison Ford also star, and the milkshakes are delicious, so make a stop on Wednesday night.

If you have $20

Scrounge up two more and get to Black Cat for an evening of neo-soul with Bilal. The new school crooner has done work with Talib Kweli, Common, and the Roots, and his training is at the Mannes Music Conservatory in New York, so his art is firmly entrenched in the high and the hip-hop, reminding us that the two aren’t always different.

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