Weekend Outlook

This Valentine’s Day weekend, belt break-up songs, see a documentary for a unique movie date and listen to open mic performances.

Friday

Sing-Along: Break-up Songs III

If you’re among the many who dread Valentine’s Day, get ready to belt some break-up songs at this alternative Valentine’s Day event. A People’s Choir is hosting their third annual pre-Valentine’s Day breakup song sing-along, during which participants can sing and dance along to the break-up songs they voted for on the group’s Facebook page. The event promises to be a fun sing-along for all the broken-hearted this usually romantic holiday.

DC9 Nightclub, 1940 9th St. NW. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday

‘Through a Lens Darkly’

Celebrate Black History Month by watching “Through a Lens Darkly,” a documentary that explores how photography has shaped identity, aspirations and social emergence for African Americans in the U.S. After the screening, Thomas Allen Harris, the film’s director, writer and producer, and Aaron Bryant, the photography curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will hold a discussion about the film.

Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 3 to 5 p.m. Free.

Sunday

Jazz & Verse Open Mic Poetry & Jazz Night

Head over to Busboys and Poets for an open mic and poetry night. The lineup will feature a diverse collection of local spoken word, open mic and jazz performers to help you wind down before the week. The event is hosted by Matt Gallant, a local teacher and slam poet, and features a performance by the Bruce Krohmer Trio before artists from the audience take the
stage.

Busboys and Poets @ Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 5 to 7 p.m. $5 at the door.

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