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Diahann Carroll was an icon. She was the first black woman to win a Tony for Best Actress, but many more people knew her as Julia Baker, the title character on the sitcom Julia, which premiered in 1968. Julia was the first television series to feature a black woman in a starring, human, fully rounded role. It was both groundbreaking and tame; it was criticized for presenting a rose-colored, sanitized version of the black American experience. In public, Carroll both praised her meaty role and acknowledged its limitations. It made her visible, but also constrained her public image—and thrust her onto a pedestal in front of white America, something she’d never asked for. After Julia ended, she had a long career in film, television, and theater, but after her death last week, that boundary-breaking role was in the first line of every obituary. For D.C. residents looking to celebrate her life and that iconic character, check the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It owns costumes from Julia, including a glamorous pink jumpsuit that wouldn’t look too out of place on a woman in 2019. Its halter top transitions into a low scoop back, and a bow near the neckline embellishes its front. Its long legs have decade-appropriate bell-bottom openings. Looking at it, it’s easy to be swept away by Julia—and Carroll’s—glamour. The jumpsuit is on display on the museum’s fourth floor with other costumes worn by black performers and artifacts of African American representation in entertainment, contextualizing the weight of Carroll’s signature role. It’s worth a look. —Emma Sarappo


Marc MaronMany listeners have become aware of comedian Marc Maron through his hit podcast, WTF with Marc Maron. The show’s guests have included luminaries as varied as Robin Williams and President Barack Obama. He has ventured deeper into acting with Maron, a television series that aired on IFC, and a critically acclaimed performance on the Netflix series GLOW. Read more >>> Marc Maron performs at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $25–$79. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Sriram Gopal)

David Lynch‘s foundation, which advocates for transcendental meditation, is throwing a benefit concert with a star-studded lineup—Katy PerryMavis Staples, and Norah Jones, among others—to raise money to bring TM techniques to D.C. kids. 7 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SE. $50–$500.

The Dodos are playing their 2008 album Visiter from beginning to end. 8 p.m. at City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. $20–$28.

Pamela Stone and Meg Lovejoy—who literally wrote the book on women leaving careers due to pregnancy and family—discuss their follow-up book, Opting Back In: What Really Happens When Mothers Go Back to Work. 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.


BlackaliciousThe albums Blazing Arrow (2002) and The Craft (2005) both summarize what Blackalicious are all about—stout funk and high-syllable raps infused with black consciousness and Afrofuturism—but the hip-hop duo’s most important opus is 1999’s Nia, which deftly blended Golden Era aesthetics, West Coast musicality, and turn-of-the-century tension. MC Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel are marking the album’s 20th anniversary with an extended tour. Read more >>> Blackalicious perform at 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Joe Warminsky)

The All Things Go Fall Classic kicks off with performances from Chvrches, Muna and Coin1:45 p.m. at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. $70–$159.

The plan to move the Woodstock 50th anniversary concert to Merriweather Post Pavilion fell through, but there’s a tribute concert that’ll take you “Back to the Garden.” 7:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $5–$20.

Brantley Gilbert plays the WMQZ Fall Fest with Michael Ray and Lindsay Ell5 p.m. at Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $39–$75.


MalumaIn 2011, Maluma was a 17-year-old Colombian kid releasing his first reggaeton single on a small indie label. That swift-tempoed, rapped song, “Farandulera,” did well, and Sony soon signed him. Billions of YouTube views later, Maluma (a moniker derived from syllables in the names of his mother, father, and sister) is an international star with a sweet voice and heartthrob reputation—he released a 2015 album entitled Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy, collaborated with Shakira, and lightly spanked Madonna in a live rendition of her song “Medellín” during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. Read more >>> Maluma performs at 7 p.m. at EagleBank Arena, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $39–$350. 703-993-3000. eaglebankarena.com(Steve Kiviat)

The Anacostia Community Museum’s been closed for renovations for months; now, it’s re-opening with a grand afternoon celebration and a meet-and-greet with new director Melanie Adams2 p.m. at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE. Free.

Swedish heavy metal masters Amon Amarth play in Silver Spring. 7 p.m. at The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $37.50.

Love oysters? Spend Sunday slurping your way down the Eastern Seaboard at Oyster Wars 2019. 2 p.m. at The Salt Line, 79 Potomac Ave. SE. $50–$80.


Frank TurnerAfter the breakup of his band Million Dead, Frank Turner put Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska on heavy rotation and rethought his approach to songwriting. Turner underwent a metamorphosis that took him from angry young man to burnout prophet early in his solo career, and it was during this period that he released his rawest music. Across albums strewn with references to the Sons of Liberty, T.S. Eliot, and William Shakespeare, Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls wrestled with politics and history, from the legacy of the English Civil War to the rise of MAGA Trumpism. Read more >>> Frank Turner performs at 7 p.m. at The Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. $35–$55. (202) 783-4000. warnertheatredc.com(Will Lennon)

Natasha Bedingfield‘s show is so close we can almost taste it. 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $35–$50. 

And Augustana‘s starting over, but thanks to their hit song “Boston,” everyone knows their name. 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20

Bona fide honky-tonker Dale Watson brings his Southern sound northwards. 7:30 p.m. at City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. $20.


The ChainsmokersProducing the “song of the summer,” especially in the DJ world, is a one-of-a-kind honor. Gaining that title ties you to vacations, celebrations, and memories forever. For a while, David Guetta held the honor of reigning summer DJ—then it was Calvin Harris. Now, The Chainsmokers command the summer charts year after year. What started as a viral meme in the 2014 song “#Selfie” spiraled into one of the greatest music duos of the decade. Read more >>> The Chainsmokers perform at 7 p.m. at Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW. $26–$160. (202) 628-3200. capitalonearena.viewlift.com(Lia Assimakopoulos)

Wilco leave their beloved Chicago behind for a D.C. show with Nashville’s rising star Soccer Mommy7:30 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$75.

Ray LaMontagne is Just Passing Through Montgomery County. 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $55–$125.

Desert Dove Michaela Anne is rooted in classic country, but she’s spreading her wings and sampling new genres. 8 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12.


Adam RipponThere’s no shortage of Adam Rippon content these days, as the 2018 Winter Olympian has parlayed his figure skating notoriety into a string of TV appearances and a YouTube interview series. He was born for this stuff—he’s quick with a quip and capable of being brutally honest when necessary. Both skills are likely to be at the core of his upcoming autobiography, Beautiful on the Outside, which he says was modeled after Tina Fey’s Bossypants. Read more >>> Adam Rippon speaks at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $20–$45. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Joe Warminsky)

Massachusetts rock band Cave In‘s post-hiatus sound returns to their heavy ’90s roots. 8 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $21–$36.

Auckland group Miss June have already made it big, but they’ve kept their charming DIY sensibility. 8 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$15.

Elizabeth Strout, the author of the Olive Kitteridge books that, when adapted to television, won Frances McDormand an Emmy, returns to Olive’s world in Olive, Again. 7 p.m. at Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $15–$45.


(Sandy) Alex GAlex Giannascoli’s early output under the name Alex G took over the Bandcamp-slash-blogosphere ecosystem of emerging artists between 2010 and 2012, with help from the prominence of early-teens acts like Elvis Depressedly and Teen Suicide. His label debut, DSU, made best-of-2014 lists at Consequence of Sound, the Washington Post, and Vogue; it also got him signed to Domino (home of Animal CollectiveDirty Projectors, and Blood Orange), where he’s released three more albums, including this year’s House of Sugar. Read more >>> (Sandy) Alex G performs at 7:30 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20–$25. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com(Emma Sarappo)

Goapele is maybe the greatest gift of the contemporary neo-soul wave. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $45.

Nat King Cole, born in 1919, changed music, television, and Broadway forever. In his honor, the National Symphony Orchestra performs his songs for a contemporary audience. 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $29–$99.

In honor of ArteCinema, an international festival of films about contemporary art, the Italian Cultural Institute and the National Gallery of Art collaborate to show two films—one on Louise Bourgeois, another on Piero Manzoni7 p.m. at the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. Free.


News: A D.C. photographer is going to the mat with Instagram, which keeps deleting his nude fine art shots.

Theater: Two of August Wilson‘s works highlighting the ordinary dramas of everyday life remain as relevant as ever.

Theater: Colonialism is explored in a tender and often hilarious play about Ghanaian girls who want to compete in the Miss Global Universe 1986 pageant.

Theater: West by God argues that home can’t offer you everything, but it can always anchor you to something.

Film: Gemini Man‘s antagonist doesn’t hold up; we all saw Will Smith when he was that age, “and this ain’t it.”

Galleries: A Rockville exhibition reflects on how America’s offered promise and brutality to immigrants long before Trump.

Galleries: The two artists in Reframing Abstract Expressionism didn’t know each other or work together, but taken together, their dissimilar works offer viewers harmony and new understandings of Ab Ex.


Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Angel Olsen at the Lincoln Theatre on Nov. 2. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $35.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for DC101-derland featuring Cage the Elephant at The Anthem on Dec. 3. 7:30 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $45–$75.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Dead Can Dance at The Anthem on April 19. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$125.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Dan + Shay at Capital One Arena on Sept. 24. 7 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. Ticket prices to be announced at time of sale.

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