City Paper is not for tourists
On the third floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a program proudly says “WELCOME WILMA.” The woman illustrated below those words looks happy, but demure; her eyes don’t meet the viewer’s, and her smile is small, but the pamphlet is a joyful one. It’s a souvenir program for “Wilma Rudolph Day” on Oct. 4, 1960—about a month after the end of the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, where she won three gold medals, which are drawn above her head. The Wilma Rudolph Day celebration took place in Clarksville, Tennessee, her hometown. Inside the program, the schedule shows there was a reception, a parade, and a banquet in her and her teammates’ honor; a blue ink notation says “STANDING OVATION” near their names. Rudolph, like her idol Jesse Owens, returned to America a sports hero and a role model for black athletes in a country that persistently refused to recognize their achievements and humanity. Today, Tennessee celebrates Wilma Rudolph Day on June 23, her birthday. —Emma Sarappo
Bad BunnyPuerto Rican Latin trap rapper Bad Bunny has gone from bagging groceries to accumulating billions of YouTube views, collaborating with other Latinx musicians and American rap stars, and headlining international tours in just a few years. The 25-year-old, born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, rocketed to fame thanks to his down-to-earth charisma and a vocal range that’s wowed Spanish and English listeners alike. Orating over catchy beats that blend hip-hop, reggaeton, and R&B, Bunny frequently uses a low-toned pitch that some liken to Drake (fittingly, the two did a song together). Read more >>> Bad Bunny performs at 8 p.m. at EagleBank Arena, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $49–$245. (703) 993-3000. eaglebankarena.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Seven albums and 12 years in, The Maine are still rocking. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25.
The Superfine! Art Fair returns to Union Market to help young people get started on their collections. Noon at 1309 5th St. NE. $15–$125.
D.C.’s favorite chef-turned-celebrity Kwame Onwuachi sits down for a live version of food podcast The Sporkful. 8 p.m. at the Miracle Theatre, 535 8th St. SE.
The String QueensD.C. has a chance to experience musical royalty when The String Queens, an all-black woman trio of classically trained performers, take the stage. The Queens, made up of cellist Élise Cuffy, violinist Kendall Isadore, and violist Dawn Johnson, will kick off their new season with Washington Performing Arts. They’re music educators by day and performers by night—the trio’s members have performed alongside Fantasia, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monáe, and Common. Read more >>> The String Queens perform at 2 p.m. at Republic Restoratives, 1369 New York Ave. NE. $35. (202) 733-3996. republicrestoratives.com. (Sarah Smith)
Prateek Kuhad, already a sensation in India, is rocketing up the American charts. 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20.
Tickets sold out far in advance for Angel Olsen‘s Friday show, but you can still snag some to see her on Saturday. 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $35.
Greyson Chance—yes, the kid who covered Lady Gaga‘s “Paparazzi” in 2010—plays in D.C. 8 p.m. at Rock and Roll Hotel, 1331 H St. NE. $20–$50.
Los StraitjacketsIntroducing someone to Los Straitjackets is tricky. Their penchant for quirky experiments and colorful lucha libre wrestling masks could lead one to think the band was just a series of calculated gimmicks. Thankfully, this isn’t the case. The colorful packaging is just an attention-getter, and once listeners are roped in, Los Straitjackets deliver sun-soaked surf rock as consistently as Shonen Knife or Allah-Las. Read more >>> Los Straitjackets perform at 7 p.m. at Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl St. SW. $22–$40. (202) 380-9620. pearlstreetwarehouse.com. (Will Lennon)
Join the National Museum of the American Indian to learn about Día de los Muertos’ indigenous roots at a weekend festival. 10 a.m. at the National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free.
Singer-songwriter Juke Ross is from Brooklyn by way of Guyana. 8 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $15–$18.
Andrea Chamblee wrote the afterword to John McNamara‘s The Capital of Basketball: A History of D.C. Area High School Hoops; after his death in the Capitol Gazette shooting last year, she’ll discuss the book. 1 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
SuperchunkJon Wurster has proven himself a man of many talents. He’s arguably the most sought-after drummer in indie rock and one half of the comedy duo Scharpling and Wurster, but one of his more recent achievements is his tireless chronicling of what he has dubbed “rock and roll weirdness” on Instagram. Ranging from the esoteric to the daft, his encyclopedic knowledge of all things rock gives him a keen eye for curios that puncture the commonly held image of artists. Would playing with his band, indie-rock lifers Superchunk, at Alexandria’s adult-contemporary haven The Birchmere qualify as rock and roll weirdness, then? Read more >>> Superchunk perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50. (703) 549-7500. birchmere.com. (Matt Siblo)
U Up? If you are, join Jordana Abraham and Jared Freid for a live episode of their dating podcast. 8 p.m. at The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $35.
Cavetown is taking his bedroom music out of the house and on tour. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25.
After time off to raise his young daughter, Pete Yorn‘s back with his first full album in three years. 8 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $35–$285.
Chris ThileGrammy-winning mandolinist and singer-songwriter Chris Thile first picked up a mandolin at four years old. Thile soon began playing with childhood friends in the neo-Americana trio Nickel Creek while also building a solo career. During Nickel Creek’s hiatus in 2006, Thile continued to blend the modern with the traditional by founding the Punch Brothers, a bluegrass quintet combining the likes of folk, country, jazz, and chamber music. For his contribution to establishing “a distinctly American canon for the mandolin,” Thile was awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Grant in 2012. Read more >>> Chris Thile performs at 8 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $33–$79. (301) 581-5100. strathmore.org. (Mercedes Hesselroth)
Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, and others team up for a night of country that can convince even the biggest skeptics. 8 p.m. at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. $103–$253.
Robert Gordon‘s long and storied career brings him to D.C. with Chris Spedding. 7:30 p.m. at City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. $20–$30.
Sean PaulJamaican Sean Paul first brought the fast-paced rapping of his island’s reggae dancehall style to worldwide pop charts on 2002’s Dutty Rock, which featured his hits “Gimme the Light,” “Get Busy,” and “Like Glue.” “Light” showed off Paul’s deep tone on the catchy chorus and his lighter touch on the verses. “Get Busy” offered obvious but musically resonant metaphors about dancing and sex, while “Glue” exhibited his ability to shift between intricate patois and more mainstream musical poetry. Read more >>> Sean Paul performs at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $35. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Irish author Eoin Colfer, best known for his Artemis Fowl series of young adult novels, discusses the new installment in the franchise. 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Dance duo Phantoms encourage you to shake off your ghosts on the dance floor. 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10–$20.
The National Book Festival presents a talk by Karen Armstrong on her work chronicling how faith transforms and shapes public discourse. 7 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 1st St. SE. Free.
King Princess20-year-old King Princess is a wan, irreverent rock star who transgresses gender and employs camp aesthetics while singing about love, sex, and transcendence. Her self-presentation has more than a tinge of David Bowie—if Bowie had a Juul and a knack for posting “69” online. Her buzz, especially among teenage girls, has been intense since her first hit single “1950,” inspired by Patricia Highsmith’s classic lesbian novel The Price of Salt; now she’s touring in support of her first full-length album, Cheap Queen. Thanks to that buzz, though, she’s already headlined the 9:30 Club once this year. Read more >>> King Princess performs at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Emma Sarappo)
Try reading a book like a sacred text—perhaps Harry Potter?—with Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile, hosts of the podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. 7 p.m. at Sixth and I, 600 I St. NW. $28–$30.
Grammy winner Arturo O’Farrill brings Latin jazz to a worldwide audience. 8 p.m. at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. $27–$47.
Lali combines hip-hop, pop, and electronic music for a fresh fusion. 8:30 p.m. at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $39–$45.
NEWS AND REVIEWS YOU CAN USE
News: Esteemed go-go musician Tino Jackson died earlier this month.
News: PodFest begins tomorrow, and the PRX Podcast Garage hopes to support anyone it inspires.
Museums: Don’t let all the new and shiny stuff at the Smithsonian museums distract you from the old faithfuls.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Wale and friends at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Jan. 1. 9 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Ticket prices to be announced at time of sale.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Mura Masa at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 6. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Ticket prices to be announced at time of sale.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Louis Tomlinson at The Anthem on June 19. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $51.25–$81.25.