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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

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3. What to Do

A Pop-Up Project features art exhibits in unlikely locations (left); BloomBars hosts a wide variety of performances (right).  

Track down the art scene’s flavor of the moment at A Pop-Up Project, a roving mini-museum (free) that debuts a new exhibit at a different location each month. A just-shuttered boutique at 1781 Florida Avenue in Adams Morgan is the site through May, showcasing portraits of boxers and musicians by photographer Jules Arthur, who counts Jay-Z among his collectors.

Stay up all night at BloomBars, a nonprofit event space in Columbia Heights that showcases everything from capoeira and belly dance performances to hip-hop open mikes. Check out the Sunrise Cinema series, held on the last Saturday of each month, which screens indie movies after the other bars have closed, from 2:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Shop for jarred unicorn burps, cans of primordial soup, and saber-tooth dental floss at the Museum of Unnatural History, a prehistoric-themed exhibition space that displays taxidermy dinosaurs, surrealist dioramas, and other invented artifacts from mythical explorers’ trips to the ends of the earth. The museum raises funds for 826DC, the local arm of Dave Eggers’s nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young writers.

Go to an official museum and still have fun at the National Pinball Museum ($13), which opened last December in Georgetown. Its interactive exhibits offer a surprisingly exhaustive history of American pop culture, containing everything from wooden arcade games from the thirties to a special edition 3-D Avatar machine, which is set up for play on the third weekend of every month.

Published on Apr 28, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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