The 20 best things to do in D.C. this weekend and next week


’80s Night at Death Punch Bar

Anyone going to clubs in D.C. in the ’90s, in the ’00s or even the ’10s, probably indulged in the cheesy good-time-guaranteed fun of the ’80s Dance Party at Club Heaven/Heaven and Hell, where the crowds donned Madonna-style dresses, Izod polos (collars popped, of course) and bachelorette sashes to dance to the best of Prince, Duran Duran and John Hughes soundtracks every Thursday night. The fun eventually came to an end, after short stays at Tropicalia and Songbyrd, but now the ’80s are back in Adams Morgan. Longtime host and DJ Neal Keller is organizing the new residency at Death Punch Bar, which, Keller points out, is “three doors down from where it originally began.” Wear your most comfortable (retro) dancing shoes. 9 p.m. Free.

‘Avengers Assembled’ at Martin Luther King Jr. Central Library

If you want to know anything about superheroes, from the definitive ranking of movie Batmen to explainers about the post-credits scenes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, our colleague David Betancourt is the man to turn to. His new book, ‘The Avengers Assembled: The Origin of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” is a researched biography of the Avengers, the multifaceted Marvel superhero team, tracing character origins and shifting lineups. Betancourt discusses the book, along with his career and writing about comics, in conversation with Washington Post journalist Helena Andrews Dyer at the Martin Luther King Jr. Central Library. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Registration required.

POST AUTHOR: Fritz Hahn, Sophia Solano, Adele Chapin, Chris Kelly

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