Who says there's nothing to do in DC on the weekends? In the coming days, for example, we've got M.I.A., a "Nightlife Tour," and some Burlesque! Although these are in Baltimore, Bethesda and Arlington, respectively. But you can totally drive to them from DC Proper.
* M.I.A. @ Sonar, "Hey, didn't get a ticket for M.I.A. at 9:30 Club? Don't fret, she'll be doing her thing at the always amazing Taxlo indie dance party. For $15. Sweet." [Sonar Baltimore]
* Dana Ellyn @ Long View Gallery, "I just got another notice fo a show from Dana Ellyn's fan list. She is a rather incredible artist whose vision and work is political, social and always meaningful. Her style is interesting in that the details are all meaningful. Nothing is there as decoration or as a purely aesthetic element. The subjects of Ellyn's paintings are cutting and painful at times, often with a humorous touch, and are always moving." [Metroblogging DC]
* Burlesque @ Arlington Drafthouse, "New York City's own Lady Aye, Neil O'Fortune and Clams Casino are pleased to present: Bump 'n' Grindhouse! The show first took New York by storm this summer, in a standing-room-only night at Coney Island's famous Sideshow by the Seashore, and now for one night only on December 1st Bump 'n' Grindhouse will take the stage at the fabulous Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, at 2903 Columbia Pike in Arlington. The show begins at midnight; admission is $10." [Brightest Young Things]
* Bethesda Nightlife Tour, "Young professionals group Things to Do D.C. is out to prove her wrong tonight with a special Bethesda Nightlife Tour, which stops at the Rock Bottom brewpub, Black Finn and Tommy Joe's before winding up on the dance floor at the Barking Dog. Of special interest is the grand opening of Black Finn, a new restaurant and bar in the old Willie and Reed's space, which is promising "retro and Top 40 dance music." The tour costs $15, which includes admission and drink specials at all four bars." [WP]