The Freer’s 23rd annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival mixes it up for a night with a celebration of the intersection of hip-hop and kung fu. The main event is the Shaw Brothers’ 1982 martial arts classic Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu, about a group of Qing Dynasty-era fighters trained to withstand bullets. But this isn’t an ordinary screening. DJ 2-Tone Jones, producer and co-founder of Shaolin Jazz, accompanies with a live score that blends hip-hop, soul, and funk, bringing the multimedia approach of the music project’s popular Can I Kick It? film series to the Smithsonian. The program closes out this summer’s Fridays@Freer series—come early for Hong Kong street food, Indian cuisine, specialty cocktails, and a live kung fu performance, all set to a hip-hop soundtrack. Read more>>> The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. freersackler.si.edu. (Pat Padua)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Poet and activist Andrea Gibson performs a reading of her work at 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $21.
Friday: Virginia Americana band Sons of Bill performs at Union Stage for their Oh God Ma’am tour. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $20–$35.
Saturday: The Miraculous in the Mundane, a three-artist photography exhibition at Photoworks, seeks to spotlight images that depict “the good, the bad and the banal moments typical to the lives of children.” Photographers Aniya Emtage Legnaro, Katie Jett Walls, Chelsea Silbereis—all mothers—do occasionally find the miraculous, but they certainly nail the mundane. Gum chewing, potty training, egg peeling, sleeping, and lots of using headphones are all here, in a mix of color and black-and-white. For each of the artists, the moods range from charming (a snoozy sleepover) to intimate (a mom helping her daughter shave her legs in the shower) to amusing (the surprised reaction of a teen to something she sees on her phone). The most impressive images are notable for their decisive arrangements, little moments of miraculous mundanity: Walls’ child playing catch with a huge beach ball that obscures their head; Silbereis’ family spread on a couch, glancing divergently; and Legnaro’s scene of two young ping-pong players facing off through a pair of distant windows. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Aug. 12 at Photoworks at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free. (301) 634-2274. glenechophotoworks.org. (Louis Jacobson)
Saturday: The Fillmore Silver Spring presents Strangelove—The Depeche Mode Experience, a career-spanning performance of English new wave band Depeche Mode‘s best. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $15.50.
Saturday: Learn American Sign Language at a beginner’s level at Northeast Library. 10 a.m. at 330 7th St. NE. Free.
Sunday: Emo and rap aren’t exactly strange bedfellows: From hip-hop group Atmosphere and the crew of indie label Anticon through to Kid Cudi, Drake, and 808s & Heartbreak-era Kanye West, rappers have been wearing their hearts on their sleeves for years. But as of late, the world of emo rap has exploded, thanks to a load of teenaged talents that imbue hip-hop with lyrics, melodies, and styles reminiscent of aughts Warped Tour heavyweights like Taking Back Sunday, along with a very in vogue focus on pharmaceuticals. Perhaps no one does it better than Jarad Higgins, a 19-year-old from the Chicago suburbs who performs as Juice WRLD. Listen to him rap-sing lyrics like “I still see your shadows in my room. Can’t take back the love that I gave you. It’s to the point where I love and I hate you. And I cannot change you, so I must replace you, oh,” on “Lucid Dreams” and try to not be reminded of high school heartbreak, in all its embarrassing glory. Read more>>> Juice WRLD performs at 7 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $30–$130. (202) 503-2330. echostage.com. (Chris Kelly)
Sunday: Bryan Adams, Canadian king of power ballads, performs at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $40–$85.
Sunday: Instrumental twang jazz group Stable Shakers performs at Pearl Street Warehouse. 1 p.m. at 33 Pearl St. SW. Free.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for So Far Gone: Drake Night, a musical celebration of the Toronto rapper, at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sept. 7. 9 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $7.
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