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Happy windy Friday, D.C. Try not to get blown away out there. This week, you can catch a homegrown R&B talent live, see a street photography exhibition, and watch a classic rom-coms starring the one and only Cary Grant. Scroll to the end of this newsletter to check out the latest in arts news and reviews and ticket sales. —Kayla Randall


Ari LennoxAri Lennox’s debut album Shea Butter Baby feels just as smooth as its title suggests. The D.C. native and Duke Ellington School of the Arts alumna ushers listeners through an explicitly visual story of running into a long time admirer in “Chicago Boy,” covers the palpable joys of independent living in “New Apartment,” and seduces listeners with the sex ballad that is “Pop.” Read more>>> Ari Lennox performs at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Mikala Williams)

New York instrumental jazz fusion band Snarky Puppy performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $49–$450.

The Phillips Collection continues its run of Moving Forward, Looking Back, a selection of photographs, cards, letters, journals, and other items from the museum’s archives. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1600 21st St. NW. $10–$12.

Virginia country-rock group Melodime performs at The Hamilton. 8 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $15–$20.


Based On a True StoryThe Leica Store DC is offering a taste of Gus Powell’s photographs—but just a taste—as it spotlights two projects by the New York street photographer. Lunch Pictures documents fleeting street tableaux, while The Lonely Ones offers a more free-form collection of meditative, medium-distance landscapes that channel Stephen Shore, Paul Graham, and Gabriel Orozco. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Aug. 4 at Leica Store DC, 977 F St. NW. Free. (202) 787-5900. us.leica-camera.com(Louis Jacobson)

Journalist and former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth visits the Sidwell Friends Meeting House to discuss her new memoir, More Than Enough. 7 p.m. at 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $15–$35.

New Orleans jazzman Jon Batiste and his group Stay Human perform at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $49–$450.

Baltimore soul singer Maysa performs at The Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $49.50–$85.


His Girl FridayHow many rom-coms address issues like media manipulation and capital punishment? Just one of the greatest of all time, His Girl Friday, that’s all. Director Howard Hawks reportedly planned a straightforward remake of The Front Page, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s hit play and film about feisty newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson and his ambitious editor Walter Burns. Hawks asked his female secretary to read Hildy’s lines and liked the way it sounded, and the rest is history. Read more>>> The film screens at 2:45 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$13. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Pat Padua)

The National Portrait Gallery continues the opening weekend of Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits, an exhibition of photos from the 1840s and 1850s featuring early feminist icons and advocates. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.

Suns Cinema screens Auntie Mame, a 1958 romantic drama about an independent woman left to care for her nephew. 7 p.m. at 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW. $8.

D.C. rock band One Way Out performs at DC9. 7 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.


Ghost LightThe new film Ghost Light aspires to be the next best thing since Slings & Arrows, the cult classic Canadian television series chronicling life at a struggling theater festival. Season one made a movie star out of ingénue Rachel McAdams, and season three reminded the world of Sarah Polley‘s greatness. Ghost Light won’t launch any careers, but it could provide a quality nostalgia trip. Cary Elwes and Carol Kane, both beloved for their roles in The Princess Bride, star as elder members of a summer stock theater troupe attempting to stage Macbeth in a New England barn. Read more>>> The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $20. (202) 544-7077. folger.edu(Rebecca J. Ritzel)

The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage hosts a performance from the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, The U.S. Navy Band Commodores. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Garage rock-inspired band The Technicolors performs at Songbyrd Music House. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $12–$15.

The Freer Gallery of Art continues its run of The Peacock Room in Blue and White, an exhibition room full of blue-and-white Chinese porcelains. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW. Free.


Escape from New YorkThe idea of remaking Escape From New York has been kicking around Hollywood for some time, possibly because the premise of a dehumanized prisoner class crushed beneath the jackboots of a police state now seems more relevant than ever. Still, a remake might be wrong-headed. The magic of John Carpenter’s 1981 action-noir lies in an era-specific setting: a distinctly Reagan-era vision of the future. Where the 1950s saw a future of flying cars and space travel, the 1980s saw a Manhattan so overrun by crime that the government declares it a penal colony. Read more>>> The film screens at 9:15 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$13. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Will Lennon)

Cancer researcher Michael Kinch speaks at Kramerbooks about his book The End of the Beginning, a history of cancer treatment. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Australian indie pop band San Cisco performs at Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $18–$20.

Union Stage hosts a screening and panel discussion of What Happened 2 Chocolate City, a documentary feature which explores the rise and decline of D.C.’s black community. 7 p.m. at 740 Water St. NW. $20–$25.


Ho99o9The cross pollination of rap and rock had a fruitful 15-year run, from “Walk This Way” to the Judgment Night soundtrack, up until Fred Durst fiddled while Woodstock ’99 burned. The idea of rap-rock remained a cold punchline for more than a decade until a new wave of artists began mixing rap and rock—along with punk, noise, and industrial music—into a vital, visceral mix. Among rap-rock’s new breed is Ho99o9 (pronounced “Horror”), an outfit led by theOGM and Eaddy. Read more>>> Ho99o9 perform at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Chris Kelly)

Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell performs at City Winery. 8 p.m. at 1350 Okie St. NE. $58–$103.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington performs Broadway, pop, and inspirational tunes at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

The Library of Congress welcomes visitors to learn about its extensive science collections and how to find rare and obscure materials with its Beyond the Basics program. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 120 2nd St. SE. Free.


Taffy Brodesser-AknerFew, if any, journalists become known to their readers on a first-name basis, but very few journalists build a familiar intimacy with their readers the way Taffy (Brodesser-Akner, to those not in the know) does. Whether she’s being mistaken for Tom Hiddleston’s new girlfriend while reporting a profile of the actor for GQ, describing a bird-watching trip with Jonathan Franzen, or sharing moments from her own upbringing while chronicling the lives of young people leaving ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, Taffy’s stories always show the reader her subject without any artifice. Read more>>> Taffy Brodesser-Akner reads at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Caroline Jones)

Author and New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe discusses his new book, Say Nothing, a deeply reported narrative about a killing in Northern Ireland and its consequences. 7 p.m. at 600 H St. NE. Free.

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson speaks at Dunbar High School about Brown Girl Dreaming, her memoir about coming of age as a black American girl in the 1960s and 1970s, written entirely in verse. 6 p.m. at 101 N St. NW. Free.

Grunge group Culture Abuse performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m .at 1115 U St. NW. $20.


Performance: The DC Arts Center hosts a multi-generation black performance art collaboration.

Film: The Dead Don’t Die crafts a deadpan zombie land.

Theater: Woolly Mammoth’s Describe the Night takes readers on a journey through time. 

Theater: Pointless Theatre examines the 2002 sniper attacks in Forest Treás.

Books: Courting Mr. Lincoln casts a legend in a love triangle.


Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for folk star Bon Iver, performing at The Anthem on Oct. 18. 7:30 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$75.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for soulful singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Janine, performing at Union Stage on July 12. 7 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $20–$65.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Merriweather Post Pavilion’s lawn pack, a package which includes a ticket for indie folk band Lord Huron, performing on July 23 at The Chrysalis at Merriweather Park, and bluesman Gary Clark Jr., performing on Aug. 25. 7:30 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $60.

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