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DC Nightlife Highlights September 27-October 3: Uproar, Pitchers, Nellie’s and Green Lantern

Our picks of the best nightlife in D.C. this week!

Olivia Newton John


To celebrate Olivia Newton-John’s 70th birthday, DJ Travis Island leads a special Saturday Night Videos party on Uproar’s rooftop. The evening opens with “a lovely Livvy montage,” followed by random clips during the first hour, then some ONJ video remixes, ending with classic Olivia tunes — from her mid-’70s pop hits “I Honestly Love You” and “Don’t Stop Believin'” to those from her starring turn in 1978’s Grease, including “You’re The One That I Want” and “Summer Nights.” Also expect to hear “Magic,” “Xanadu,” and her biggest U.S. hit, 1981’s “Physical.” Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Uproar, 639 Florida Ave NW. Visit


Originally launched in the mid-’90s at Cobalt as a retro-themed party on Tuesdays, DJ Jason Royce has revived Flashback at Pitchers. The move to Adams Morgan also comes with other changes, including a switch to Thursdays and covering a wider time frame, with hits going well past the disco of 1975, all the way up to the dance-pop of 2005. Royce is joined in the “Party Like It’s 1999” cause by fellow veteran Darryl Strickland. Thursdays starting at 10 p.m. 2317 18th St. NW. Call 202-733-2568 or visit


There are many excuses to celebrate Oktoberfest and German beer this time of year, and you’d surely be welcome to wear traditional lederhosen wherever you go. But next weekend, Nellie’s offers an “Octoberfest Extravaganza” presented by DJ Chord Bezerra at which patrons donning lederhosen are promised “unreal deals” on giant steins of craft beer. Saturday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U St. NW. Free. Call 202-332-NELL or visit


Darryl Strickland was one of the most prolific DJs in gay D.C. in the ’90s, which makes him eminently qualified to serve as VJ for a party focused on the best video hits of the ’80s and ’90s. There are drink specials on offer and even the ability to make requests all night long — obviously this isn’t quite a regular night out. Saturday, Oct. 6, starting at 9 p.m. Green Lantern, 1335 Green Ct. NW. No cover. Call 202-347-4533 or visit

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @ruleonwriting.

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