WHAT TO DO TONIGHT:
In 2004, a group of Minneapolis punks combined their passion for feminism and aptitude for brilliant acronyms to organize the inaugural C.L.I.T. Fest (“Combatting Latent Inequality Together”). Through live performances and hands-on workshops, the festival aimed to celebrate women’s contributions to punk and DIY culture and to start conversations about sexism, homophobia, and transphobia within the scene. As C.L.I.T. Fest has traveled throughout the country over the past seven summers, it’s grown into a venerable DIY institution. This year marks its first stop in D.C., and all proceeds will go toward the D.C. non-profit organization H.I.P.S. (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive). C.L.I.T. Fest’s main attraction is still the music: More than 20 bands will be performing over its three-night run, including Philly punk titans Trophy Wife, noise-poppers Shellshag, and local acts The Ambulars and Hot Mess. But attendees can also listen to a panel on combating dominant masculinity, learn how to screenprint, work on a zine, or if it all gets to be too much of a sensory overload, unwind at the knitting and crocheting workshop. —Lindsay Zoladz
C.L.I.T. Fest takes place tonight and Saturday at 6 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10 per show, $25 for a festival pass. clitfestdc.tumblr.com.