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Your Wonkette Weekend To-Do Listcicle isback. There are anniversary parties, Mayor Fenty eating chili, "water ice" ... and that's all at the first thing, tomorrow morning!


Friday:

  • Celebrate 50 years of chili dogs and milkshakes and the like at Ben's Chili Bowl's free anniversary festival (10:30 AM - 2 PM). Festival will include an exciting press conference, plus appearances by Mayor Fenty, Ben himself, and some water ice. [Ben's Chili Bowl]
  • Many, many bands and DJs at the Black Cat. At 9 PM ($10), there's Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears, Kitty Hawk, the Jet Age, and the Beanstalk Library. Then, half an hour later, a Queerpunk Dance Party will commence with DJs Joshua, Dean, and special guests Ron M (Motherfucker NYC) and Tommy Hotpants. This costs $5. [Black Cat]
  • The films Encounters at the End of the World and Boy A begin their five-day-only runs at the Avalon today. [The Avalon]
  • Lawrence of Arabia (A Mighty Motion Picture Of Action And Adventure!) begins its five-day run at the AFI Silver. [AFI Silver]
  • Jon Kaplan brings his acoustic guitar to the Afterwords Cafe at Kramerbooks, 10 PM. [Kramerbooks]

Saturday:

  • See Brooklyn based nu-jazz folk Oneida play with Apes and Dirty Faces ($10 advanced, $12 at the door) at the Black Cat. And then later, hang around for the Bliss Dance Party -- celebrating its eigth anniversary with DJ Will Eastman, guest DJ Pogo, and Wallpaper (9:30 PM, $10). [The Black Cat]
  • Watch Commercials & Experiments (a collection of weird commercials and insane short films) at the AFI Silver. 1 PM. [AFI Silver]
  • At 10 PM, hear blues/folk musician Mike Mulvaney at the Afterwords Cafe at Kramerbooks. [Kramerbooks]

Sunday:

  • Oh, it's time once again to toast Ben's Chili Bowl, this time by attending a free concert (1 PM, 9:30 Club) features Trouble Funk, EU, Wes Felton and Friends, Mambo Sauce, Sage Infinity, V. Rich, and Pancake Mountain. [9:30 Club]
  • Learn about the wonderful history of puppetry, specifically the Muppet Puppets, at the AFI Silver. The Art of Puppetry and Storytelling plays at 1 PM. [AFI Silver]
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