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Weekend entertainment guide: Top picks around town

Friday - 2/17/2012, 4:58pm  ET

'The ĎAll New' Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers' takes over the George Mason University Center for the Arts. (YouTube Photo)

Alicia Lozano,

WASHINGTON - Happy Friday everyone! For your weekend delight, we have ballroom dancing, retro flicks and even some jazz.

"Discover Ellington" at the Strathmore Music Center with a three-day celebration of the jazz musician's life and work.

On Friday, bassist Karine Chapdelaine and pianist Bob Sykes take on the Duke Ellington-Jimmy Blanton improvisations note for note. The performance starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $39 to $79. Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., sit in on a panel discussion about Ellington's legacy. This event is free, but RSVP is required. Later, the Grammy-winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra puts a different spin on Ellington's big band sound. Tickets are $29 to $69. Sunday at 4 p.m., the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra performs Ellington's three "sacred concerts." Tickets are $27 to $53. Call 301-581-5100 for more information.

It's not always easy getting all gussied up on a Friday night after a long week of work. If you're looking for something low key and even a little retro, swing by E Street Cinema for a midnight screening of the 80s classic "Say Anything." Also playing at midnight is Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece "Rear Window." If only the two were playing back-to-back.

And speaking of retro, a new "The ĎAll New' Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers" heats up the stage at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Saturday night. The West End musical was hit across the pond, described by the Daily Mail as a "rip-roaring, foot-stomping boogie" for lovers of the John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd cult classic. Tickets range from $24 to $48 and can be bought online or call 888-945-2468.

Interested in learning how to ballroom dance? The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va. is hosting a dance lesson followed by dinner Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to complete the perfect date night. Tickets for the cooking class are $30 for individuals and $60 per couple. The class with dance lessons is $35 and $70 per couple. Call 703-495-0001 for more information.

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