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It’s basically impossible not to sing along to songs like “My Girl” and “Just My Imagination.” Fellow lovers of the oldies but goodies will have plenty of opportunities to scream those songs at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater as it hosts the East Coast premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations. The show, written by Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, tells the story of the iconic quintet of talented young black men from Detroit who, in the ’60s and ’70s, produced a magical, soulful sound that still resonates. Ain’t Too Proud doesn’t skimp on The Temptations’ signature dance moves and harmonies—which, let’s be real, are what audiences show up for. And, boy, have they shown up: The show has become the highest-grossing production in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s history. But beyond the magic of the music and dancing, the show captures the group’s massive impact on all music, from pop to hip-hop to rock. Where would music be without The Temptations? Thankfully, we’ll never know. Read more>>> The show runs to July 22 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $79–$250. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Malika T. Benton)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Actress Vivica A. Fox speaks at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in support of her new candid book about her DIY spirit, Everyday I’m Hustling. 7 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $28–$37.
Friday: Beck Dorey-Stein talks about her memoir, From the Corner of the Oval, about her time as a White House stenographer, at Politics and Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Saturday: The only person on the internet to correctly name all the references in a Wussy song was crazy. So says Lisa Walker, frontwoman of the Cincinnati rock quintet that will headline Black Cat Saturday night. Walker recalled that one time “back in the MySpace days” when an internet fan accurately listed all the other bands that were influencing Wussy at the time. Then she checked out the commenter’s other online ramblings, and discovered they were “not all there.” Oh well. Wussy have been around for 17 years now, and Walker is accustomed to people speculating—incorrectly—about three or four references that might be buried in each track she and her bandmates write. Wussy’s new studio album, What Heaven is Like, pays homage to 1960s and 1970s protest songs, Walker says, while also continuing to sneak religious references into the richly layered, three-guitar sound they call “Midwestern drone.” This time around, there will be definite mid-Atlantic influences at this show courtesy of opener The Paranoid Style, a D.C. band Wussy met a few years back when playing at the former Tree House Lounge. Celebrate their Saturday reunion by listening to the bands’ split single on Bar/None Records. Read more>>> Wussy perform with The Paranoid Style at 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Saturday: Richmond-based folk rock outfit Carbon Leaf performs at the Hamilton. 8 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $30–$35.
Saturday: The Circus Life podcast, which includes interviews, stories, and performances from local, regional, and national acts, commemorates its 5th anniversary live at 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $15.
Sunday: In a river of Disney-Nickelodeon divas with multi-octave vocal ranges and pop machine productions, Jessie Reyez is the salmon swimming against the current. Armed with an idiosyncratic voice that is all quirks, squeaks, and rasps, the Canadian singer-songwriter is one of the rawest and realest players in pop music. She’s got a penchant for wrestling crazy-in-love demons and asking the big questions, like she does on “Great One:” “What is life? What is love? What are lies? What is trust? What is everything?” That voice and those lyrics are front and center over a melange of pop, R&B, and electronica, or—in the case of her breakthrough hit, “Figures”—a simple acoustic melody. Earlier this year, she won a Juno Award (the Canadian Grammy) for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, putting her in a lineage of Canadian artists that includes Drake, The Weeknd, Feist, and Alessia Cara. This time around, she’s opening for Halsey, one of those pristine pop machine singers, but she’s sure to be headlining again soon. Read more>>> Jessie Reyez performs at 8 p.m. at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $40–$80. (703) 255-1849. wolftrap.org. (Chris Kelly)
Sunday: Relive middle and high school with post-hardcore band Sleeping With Sirens, performing at Sixth & I. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $25–$99.
Sunday: Singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Rogers performs at Union Stage to celebrate the release of his new EP, Qualifiers. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets are on sale now for comedic mom duo #IMOMSOHARD, at MGM National Harbor on Oct. 19. 7:30 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $85–$169.
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