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Hello to all of you who love of art, film, music, and free events. You’ve come to expect this feature on Fridays, but we wanted to give you bit of a head start on planning your week, so look out for it on Thursdays. Going forward, this space up top will highlight something worthy of your attention—whether that’s a single piece of art, recent news in the arts scene, a performer who you should be watching closely, or something else entirely.
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You’ll no doubt read about the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in multiple outlets this weekend. But while many think about what we sent up to—and left on—the moon, also consider what we took home with us.
Only 12 humans have ever visited the moon, but many more have touched the pieces they brought back. Two in D.C. deserve special note: the rock in the Space Window at the Washington National Cathedral and the touchable moon rock at the National Air and Space Museum.
The Space Window’s abstracted scene stretches across all three panels of stained glass. In the middle of a glowing red orb is a small black dot, surrounded by a white halo. That’s a moon rock, sealed in by inert nitrogen and tempered glass. The second rock is less impressive on first glance, but it means more. It came home on the last moon mission, Apollo 17, as a gift—NASA intended to create a piece we could all put our hands on. Half a century ago, touching the moon simply wasn’t possible. Today, it is. Consider the enormity of personally seeing alien samples that formed billions of years ago nearly 240,000 miles away. Then consider that they’re both basalt, like plenty of earth rocks—consider that the moon itself formed from molten pieces of our young earth—and they begin to feel more familiar and more amazing. —Emma Sarappo
Snap ShotPhotographer Gary Anthes traveled widely to produce the photographs in his Studio Gallery exhibit Snap Shot—to London, Paris, Buenos Aires, Portugal, and New York—but what he chooses to photograph in these different places doesn’t change much. Typically, his images depict a lone figure making their way through a world of flawlessly lit, weathered-chic architecture, featuring brick, stucco, and tile. Anthes’ most interesting works break this pattern… Read more >>> The exhibition is on view to July 20 at Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. Free. (202) 232-8734. studiogallerydc.com. (Louis Jacobson)
Don’t write mid-2000s emo off yet—Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind are bringing it back on their joint tour. 7 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10745 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $29.50–$79.50.
Enjoy music, food, and games at July’s Truckeroo, featuring D.C.’s trendiest food trucks. 4 p.m. at The Bullpen, 1201 Half St. SE. Free.
The DowntownDC BID presents its second Chinatown Block Party of the summer, featuring family-friendly activities and games. 5 p.m. at Chinatown Park, 501 I St. NW. Free.
Asian Da BratIn April, it came time for Asian Doll to separate herself from rap’s reigning Dolls (Cuban Doll, Kash Doll, and DreamDoll—no relation), so Misharron Allen rechristened herself Asian Da Brat. Was it a tribute to Da Brat, the rap pioneer who broke through with Funkdafied back in 1994? Nope. Rather, think the Bratz dolls favored by younger millennials and Gen Zers. That should come as no surprise, considering the so-called “Queen of Teens” is just 22 years old, despite percolating on the mixtape scene and building her name with well received remixes of other people’s hits since 2015. Read more >>> The show begins at 7 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $40–$80. (202) 503-2330. echostage.com. (Chris Kelly)
Stop by Art Enables in Northeast to browse posters, comics, poetry, pins and—of course—’zines at D.C.’s annual Zinefest, a celebration of local artists and everything they have to offer. 11 a.m. at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE. Free.
Missing the ’90s? D.C.’s White Ford Bronco, an “all-90s” cover band, will take you right back to your glory days. 7 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $25–$50.
And if that’s not quite your decade, there’s a 2000s dance party with DJs Will Eastman and Ozker the same night. 9 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $16.
Carly Rae JepsenIf you only know the Canadian queen of contemporary pop for her 2012 smash hit “Call Me Maybe,” maybe reconsider your listening habits. British Columbia native Carly Rae Jepsen first made her name in 2007 on Canadian Idol, when she finished in third place. She released a folk-infused album before pivoting to pop and hitting the global stage with her breakout single. But she truly came into her own with 2015’s Emotion, which, despite modest sales, made her a pop idol with a gay fanbase rivaling Gaga or Britney. Read more >>> Carly Rae Jepsen performs at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $40.50. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Emma Sarappo)
Beachy Texans Summer Salt perform with Dante Elephante and Motel Radio. 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20.
Celebrate Latino culture—including food, music, and art—at Crownsville’s first Maryland Fiesta Latina. 11 a.m. at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville. $7–$12.
Hear D.C. go-go group Suttle perform with plenty of room to dance in the City Winery wine garden. 8 p.m. at City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. $20.
Ed Jackson, Mutts, and HoneyThis ought to be a beery, sweaty evening at Slash Run. The lineup, headed up by Ed Jackson, formerly of local stomp-and-holler outfit The WeatherVanes, is stacked with bands known for their live shows. Mutts should bring blues-adjacent rockabilly (with touches of Reverend Horton Heat and The Brains, plus strains of Tom Waits) down from Chicago. Two of its members founded the band while they were on tour opening for the Plain White T’s—remember “Hey There Delilah?” Read more >>> The show begins at 9:30 p.m. at Slash Run, 201 Upshur St. NW. $10. (202) 838-9929. slashrun.com. (Will Lennon)
DC Murals is celebrating the newly-restored Duke Ellington mural on U Street with an official rededication, expert panel, and live jazz. 6 p.m. at the True Reformer building’s Lankford Auditorium, 1200 U St. NW. Free.
Malian designer Oumar Cisse is bringing his jewelry and bags to a special pop-up on U Street. 12 p.m. at Zawadi African Arts Gallery,1524 U St. NW. Free.
Ezra Miller‘s “genre queer” band Sons of an Illustrious Father plays songs from their recent title Deus Sex Machina; Or, Moving Slowly Beyond Nikola Tesla. 8 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$15.
Lauren-Brooke Eisen More than 2 million people are incarcerated in the United States—and as that number began booming in the 1980s, private operators stepped in to alleviate overcrowding in prisons and jails and join a newly lucrative business. Today, more than 100,000 of America’s inmates are held in privately operated facilities, which make around $5 billion in profit each year. Read more >>> Lauren-Brooke Eisen speaks at 6:30 p.m. at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. kramers.com. (Lia Assimakopoulos)
Now that The Office is officially leaving Netflix, it might be time to familiarize yourself with Steve Carell‘s dramatic roles—like his turn in 2006’s indie darling Little Miss Sunshine, screening free at Georgetown’s Sunset Cinema. 8:30 p.m. at Georgetown Waterfront Park, 3303 Water St. NW. Free.
Like books, prizes, or cocktails? Find all three at Loyalty Bookstore‘s six month celebration, featuring a little help from their friends at Petworth Citizen. 7 p.m. at Loyalty Bookstore, 827 Upshur St. NW. Free.
See one-night-only cabaret Werk! A Cabaret Celebrating Black Women featuring Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi as curator and performer. 8 p.m. at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $20.
Nilüfer YanyaWest London’s Nilüfer Yanya grew up listening to Pixies, The Libertines, and Nina Simone. She dropped her first song on SoundCloud at 18 and started attracting attention just a few years later with a track called “Monsters Under the Bed.” “Monsters” was eventually recycled onto her first full-length album, Miss Universe, a pop-rock romp peppered with interludes that play like something out of Brave New World. (“Congratulations … You have been selected to experience … Paradise.”) Read more >>> Nilüfer Yanya performs at 6:30 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $18. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Will Lennon)
Emily Nussbaum, the Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic for The New Yorker, discusses her new essay collection I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution. 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Bring a chair and watch Remember the Titans, the dramatization of the real-life struggle to integrate an Alexandria high school’s football team, at a NoMa outdoor screening. 8:30 p.m. at 1150 1st St. NE. Free.
Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden bring their Legacy of the Beast tour to Bristow. 7:30 p.m. at Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $35–$261.
Ann Ann Richards’ single term as governor of Texas ended in 1995, but she casts a long shadow over the state. She rose to prominence partially for her famous remark at the 1988 Democratic National Convention—she said then-presidential candidate George H.W. Bush was born with a “silver foot in his mouth.” Just three years after her winning speech, the fiery, quick-witted Richards became the second woman in Texas to hold the state’s highest office. The story from there is Ann, written by Emmy-winning actress Holland Taylor. Read more >>> The show runs to Aug. 11 at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. $56–$72. (202) 554-9066. arenastage.org. (Chelsea Cirruzzo)
Longtime Baltimore resident and detective novelist Laura Lippman discusses her new mystery, Lady in the Lake, with Washington Post staff writer Neely Tucker. 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Erin Driscoll tracks the Broadway soprano over time in her cabaret My Favorite Things. 8 p.m. at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $38.
Join Girls’ Night In’s book club to discuss The Confessions of Frannie Langton and enjoy drinks, snacks, and free beauty products. 6:30 p.m. in the U Street corridor, address provided with ticket purchase. $15.
NEWS & REVIEWS YOU CAN USE
News: Check out The Cheshire, a new Adams Morgan space aiming to support the work of D.C. creatives.
Arts: Eat curry at the Hirshhorn’s exhibit (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green)—unless you’re too scared, that is.
Museums: One crowdfunding campaign later, Neil Armstrong‘s spacesuit (and its moon dust) are on display.
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