A stroke of genius.
What: Four days of art, fashion, and music enliven a cavernous former club space in Penn Quarter. Seven artists — including Maggie O’Neill, who covered Lincoln’s floor with 799,997 heads-up pennies — transform shipping crates, while DJs, dancers, and a 75-minute Epic Yoga class stretch out the weekend.
Why: Watch artists spray paint a peck of purloined pallets.
When: Thru Sun., 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 915 F St. NW. Ticket info and special events schedule at thepalletprojectdc.com.
Charlotte Druckman’s Skirt Steak
What: Two of 73 chefs interviewed in the book, James Beard Award-winning Ann Cashion and TV personality (and tiny cookie baker) Carla Hall, throw a party for the author, a champion of women in professional kitchens.
Why: Don’t be shellfish. Take a friend.
When: Tonight, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Johnny’s Half Shell, 400 N. Capitol St. NW, b/t E St. & Louisiana Ave. (202-737-0400). Tickets ($45) include a copy of the book, a cocktail and wine, and snacks. Reservation info at johnnyshalfshell.net.
Southwest DC Waterfront: Boat-Home Tour
What: In the spirit of Liveaboard Boater Day, take a rare, self-guided walk around twenty floating houses and offices.
Why: Sign up for a 60-minute Potomac River cruise ($15) and consider breaking your boring landlubber lease.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Gangplank Marina, 600 Water St. SW. Tickets ($20) at brownpapertickets.com.
Rock: the After pARTy
What: Capitalization-indifferent DJs India, vANNIEty Kills, and c.rush hijackk the formal marble ballroom for a rumpus inspired by Women Who Rock.
Why: Girls just wanna have fun.
When: Fri., 8 p.m.-midnight.
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, at 13th St. (202-783-5000). Tickets at nmwa.org ($20) or at the door ($25).
What: Columbia Heights’s first 24-hour coffeehouse/diner/bar serves pour-over coffees, vegan French toast, and rabbit pot pie, as well as sane options like grilled cheese sandwiches. Try bar manager David Fritzler’s bottled craft cocktails, like the Georgia Comforter (Filibuster bourbon, rosemary-smoked maple syrup, and peach bitters), for $11.
Why: You skip. IHOP.
Where: 3415 11th St. NW, at Monroe St. (202-290-3342).
Community Day and Art Fair
What: One of the older public art galleries in the States invites would-be artists to try their hands at printmaking and bookbinding and shop works by local creatives.
Why: Take a spin on the pottery wheel and make a ceramic bowl for nonprofit So Others Might Eat.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW, at New York Ave. (202-639-1700).
Artwork: Kelly Towles, Submerge, 2012. Photo: Marshall Johnson / Courtesy of Pallet Project, Washington, D.C.