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9th & Beats Opening Weekend through Saturday

A new art and music venue has opened in the Shaw neighborhood offering something for folks of all ages.

9th & Beats features music, art, comedy and more, and for at least part of the time will be open to customers of all ages.

"I think the idea of a new all-ages venue in D.C. is just fantastic," said Dave Mann, who along with photojournalist Rachel Eisley, founded 9th & Beats.

The venue offers all-ages concerts; music, comedy and burlesque more that are 18 and over; and revolving art installations.

"What we're looking at is a community-oriented, multiuse venue," said Mann, who is also behind the Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival.

One highlight of 9th & Beats will be its weekly Thursday night Rebels With a Cause series. Each Thursday evening will be open to all ages and feature a younger act. Tickets will be $5, with funds going to a designated nonprofit.

The new 9th & Beats is located in the venue space of the Old Dominion Brewhouse, though it will have a separate entrance. No alcohol will be served during the Rebels With a Cause series but will be available during other shows.

This Friday night features comedy headlined by Seaton Smith, and Saturday afternoon live music titled Hometown Sounds followed by an art slam that evening.

Mann sees 9th & Beats as a place for locals and a destination for all. He's especially excited about the potential of a place for all-ages music.

"It's interesting to see how much more motivated a local music scene can be if it has the all-ages label to it," Mann said. " You're not telling certain people you're not allowed here because of your age." When: Friday doors at 8 p.m.; Saturday Hometown Sounds from 2 to 7 p.m.; Saturday's Art Slam from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Info: Friday's comedy show (18 and over) is $10 in advance, $12 at the door; Saturday's music and art slam shows are both free and all ages; 1219 9th St. NW; 9thandbeats.com

National Children's Museum at National Harbor opening Friday

The National Children's Museum found a new home in National Harbor. Celebrate the grand opening this Friday, then do some shopping. And on Saturday, catch "Story Man" Baba Jamal Koram.

When: Opening is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; Story Man at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday

Info: $10 general admission; ccm.org

Bethesda Art Walk Friday

Bethesda studio and galleries open their doors for this free event.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday

Info: bethesda.org/bethesda/art-walk

The Big Bubble Bash at Tallula & EatBar Saturday

Sip more than 24 sparkling wines and Champagne at this sixth annual event in Arlington.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

Info: $30; tallularestaurant.com

Four Bitchin' Babes at the Birchmere Friday and Saturday

Enjoy an evening of music and comedy at the annual Four Bitchin' Babes show at the Birchmere. Local Marcy Marxer of the popular Hank Williams tribute show has recently joined the group.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Info: $35; birchmere.com

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Robert Fulton

Examiner Correspondent
The Washington Examiner