It's tough to say what defines America more: the '40s, brimming with icons like Patton, DiMaggio, and Louis Armstrong; or the 40, brimming with icons like malt liquor. Instead of deciding, get historically bent, at the Formal 40's Dance Party.
From the honestly named Gutterpup and Fat Bastard Productions, the F40DP is transforming the NoLibs warehouse-cum-theater into a theater-cum-school-auditorium for "an evening of beer, fanciness, and dance". The key element: six straight hours of unlimited Hurricane and Pabst 40ozers for just $10; you can also BYOB, if you require more than 5.9% ABV, or want to remind everyone you scored an 800 on your Olde English SAT II. As for the decade, the theater's walls and screens will pair '40s stars (from Betty Boop and Popeye to Bogart, K. Hepburn, and Grant) alongside clips of vintage erotica and pin-up gals; meanwhile, DJs Battle Axe Baby, Sid the Kid, and Toothless George will spin a hectic, era-inappropriate mess of freestyle Baltimore electro, techno, new wave, psychobilly, '80s, and old-school hip-hop (R. "Gene" Kelly).
The dress code requires "an honest attempt at formality", with the best-dressed couple nabbing swag from local boutique Crash Bang Boom, and the worst-dressed walking away with their own TBD prize -- either way, after you achieve 56 straight swigs, you'll think to yourself, what a wonderful world.