For more than half a century, filmmakers and satirists have paid homage to director Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 masterpiece Persona, and it hasn’t lost any of its power. The film tells the story of an actress (Liv Ullmann) who becomes mute after a bout of stage fright and a nurse (Bibi Andersson) who struggles to communicate with her silent patient. While the film’s psychological conflict was well in line with the philosophical themes that Bergman had addressed for decades, this mid-career breakthrough married the director’s signature drama with a bold visual experimentation—evident from the film’s opening, eye-popping montage—that is still dazzling today. Persona stands out in a career full of triumphs as both a riveting character study and a thrilling reinvention of cinema. This July marks the 100th anniversary of the Swedish director’s birth. What better way is there to celebrate? Read more>>> The film screens at 5:30 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)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Politics and Prose presents an open reading and discussion of three new thrillers by women writers, Michele Campbell (She Was the Quiet One), Kelli Clare (Hidden), and Susie Orman Schnall (The Subway Girls). 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Friday: Colombian vallenato singer-songwriter Silvestre Dangond performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $27.75–$155.50.
Saturday: GoldLink is as much a part of the “MV” as he is the “D.” The rapper was born in D.C. but raised in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Still, that didn’t stop him from making a stunning statement about D.C. on his 2017 debut album , At What Cost. As he name-dropped neighborhoods, paid tribute to go-go, and looped in D.C. area-bred collaborators both well-known (Wale, Mýa) and on the come-up (Shy Glizzy, April George), GoldLink pondered the city’s past, present, and future with his usual blend of elastic raps and soulful beats. With that said, it makes sense that GoldLink has decided to celebrate the album by performing it in full at U Street Music Hall, one the city’s most beloved and intimate venues. The performance is part of a three-night residency (in-full performances of mixtapes >And After That, We Didn’t Talk and The God Complex were scheduled earlier in the week) and the last of his shows in the area until 2019. This show is GoldLink’s gift to area supporters and ride or die fans who first powered him to acclaim—whether they live in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. Read more>>> GoldLink performs at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $30. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Chris Kelly)
Saturday: The National Museum of American History presents Let’s Get It Right: Work Incentive Posters of the 1920s, an exhibition showcasing posters from the early 20th century that explores how employers encouraged their workforces with imagery. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
Saturday: Whimsical folk band Birdtalker performs at Union Stage. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $12–$15.
Sunday: There are very few moments in which I count my blessings that the D.C. area is somehow considered the South by many. The fact that Southern bands like Mother’s Finest consider our backyard to be part of their regional territory is one of them. The Georgia funk-rock (and funk-metal, hard-rock, and R&B) band is legendary for performing as the opener for groups like Black Sabbath, The Who, Aerosmith, and AC/DC, and completely ripping the stage from the feet of those headliners. You gotta love a band bold enough to title a song “Niggizz Can’t Sang Rock & Roll” in the ’70s and follow it up in the ’90s with an album titled Black Radio Won’t Play This Record. They were right, of course. Black radio didn’t play that record. Lead vocalist Joyce Kennedy’s voice is bred for the band’s ability to go from downtempo soul all the way up to power metal sprinkled with funk influences. You probably won’t know every song going in, but if you dig a skilled and lively band and want to get put on to some black rock legend shit before you leave, this show is for you. Read more>>> Mother’s Finest perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35. (703) 549-7500. birchmere.com. (Hamzat Sani)
Sunday: Woolly Mammoth hosts the final performance of Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre’s Damned If You Do, a show in which the improv troupe plays out a variety of potential futures. 7 p.m. at 641 D St. NW. $20–$40.
Sunday: The National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute students perform Verdi‘s Overture to La forza del destino and Brahms‘ Symphony No. 4. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. for blues legend Buddy Guy, performing at The Birchmere on Sept. 24. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $115.
Tickets are on sale now for intimate sets of acoustic music with artists including Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Lila Downs, and Steve Earle, performing at the Warner Theatre on Oct. 25. 8 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $100–$250.
Tickets are on sale now for Local Brews Local Grooves, a craft beer and music festival where visitors can enjoy free pizza and local brewery tastings, at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Aug. 17. 7 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $10.
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