Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events at www.goingoutguide.com.
Bruce Vilanch Q&A
Bruce Vilanch is one of the funniest men in America, even if most people know him only from his regular appearances on “Hollywood Squares.” Vilanch has been the head joke writer for the Academy Awards since 2000, starred as Enid Turnblad in both the Broadway and touring productions of “Hairspray” and made an indie comedy called “Oy Vey, My Son Is Gay.” Expect plenty of his trademark wit and encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture during a Q&A session at Cobalt this weekend. The event runs from 9 to 11 p.m., but you can skip the $10 cover charge if you’re in the door by 9.
Friday at 9 p.m. Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW. 202-232-4416. www.cobaltdc.com. $10; free before 9 p.m.
Port City Revival release party
Fresh from winning four medals at the Great American Beer Festival, Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company is set to reintroduce its Revival Oyster Stout. It’s a traditional British style of stout that uses oysters to add brininess and a smooth texture to the beer (trust us — it’s better than it sounds). Port City is again partnering with the War Shore Oyster Company on this beer, so it’s only natural that the tapping party pairs oyster stout with freshly shucked oysters. Head to the brewery tasting room Friday evening and grab a half-dozen War Shore oysters and a pint of Revival for $17 while supplies last. Each beer helps the environment, too: Five percent of all sales goes toward restoring the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster supply.
Friday from 5-9 p.m. Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria. 703-797-2739. www.portcitybrewing.com. Free.
’80s Dance Party 20th anniversary
The ’80s Dance Party was nothing short of a phenomenon in the 1990s, drawing hundreds of people to Adams Morgan’s Club Heaven every Thursday for their fix of Madonna, Duran Duran, Wham! and Kajagoogoo. While DJs spun songs found only on “Totally Awesome ’80s” compilations, John Hughes movies played on projection screens and bachelorette partiers sporting jelly bracelets danced next to college students. The event lost momentum when it left Heaven a few years back, but it’s making a return to Black Whiskey for its 20th-anniversary celebration. DJ Neal Keller says the focus is more on alternative and new wave hits these days, “but we still play all the guilty pleasures” — and when it comes to ’80s music, is there any other kind?
Saturday from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Black Whiskey, 1410 14th St. NW. 202-800-8130. www.80sdanceparty.com. $5.
Butch Warren memorial jam sessions
Butch Warren, who died Oct. 5 at 74, was one of Washington’s greatest jazz musicians. As the bassist in Blue Note Records’ house band in the 1960s, Warren recorded legendary albums with Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon and Sonny Clark, and toured with Thelonious Monk. But after these highs, Warren spent four decades battling drug addiction, homelessness and schizophrenia. In recent years, he had been rediscovered and became a frequent (if irregular) performer at jazz nights around town, including Westminster Presbyterian Church’s popular Friday jam sessions. Warren’s legacy will be remembered at a pair of jam sessions this Sunday — first at Westminster from 3 to 6 p.m. and later at Columbia Station, the Adams Morgan club where Warren performed for four years, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday from 3-6 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. 202-484-7700. www.westminsterdc.org. Free.
Sunday from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Columbia Station, 2325 18th St. NW. 202-462-6040. www.columbiastationdc.com. Free.
— Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson