There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Shy Glizzy has spent the last few years moving from strength to strength. The D.C. native scored a hit and plenty of new fans (including Beyoncé) with “Awwsome,” landed on XXL’s trendsetting Freshman Class list, and announced himself to the world on GoldLink’s song of the summer, “Crew,” as the “King of District Columbia.” But outside of the music world, Glizzy’s life hasn’t been as kind: His father was murdered when he was very young, and his collaborator 30 Glizzy was murdered last September. That real world sadness permeates Quiet Storm, his best release yet. Glizzy has always sounded world-weary, but the December project found him more melancholy than ever. “Don’t wanna talk about it, but somebody might die,” he raps on “Take Me Away.” “Now I’m livin’ for today, that chopper ride when I ride.” As resigned as he is to his demise, let’s hope it isn’t anytime soon. Read more>>> Shy Glizzy performs at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $30. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Chris Kelly)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Jazz and soul singer and pianist Frank McComb performs at Blues Alley. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $29.50.
Friday: Virginia rapper Pusha T performs at Echostage in support of his newest album, Daytona. 9 p.m. at 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $30–$35.
Saturday: For the past 11 years, the Hirshhorn has played host to one of the most forward-thinking arts projects in the country. Sound Scene, which the museum says “unites audio artists and contributors from across the globe to transform the Hirshhorn into a free and interactive sonic wonderland,” is often overlooked in the pantheon of summer festivals in D.C. Just look at its competition this year—it’s not even the only Smithsonian festival happening this weekend. (The Folklife Festival reigns supreme, and for good reason.) But if you’re looking for experimental art that stays true to its name and mission, Sound Scene is for you. This year’s theme is “Mapping Memory” and it includes art, performances, and workshops that actively interrogate the process of experiencing sound. That includes a dream tent, an audio architectural tour, guided sonic meditation inspired by the Queen of Deep Listening Pauline Oliveros, and performances from local experimental musicians Layne Garrett, David Schulman, and members of the National Symphony Orchestra. The path to freeing your mind begins in the ears. Let Sound Scene guide you there. Read more>>> The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. dclisteninglounge.org. (Matt Cohen)
Saturday: The National Symphony Orchestra scores a screening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. 8:30 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $40–$65.
Saturday: Comedian Steve Hofstetter brings his comic stylings to 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
Sunday: In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death, taxes, and Ms. Lauryn Hill starting her show late. For the past few years, the living legend’s concerts have been notoriously unpunctual and uneven. “The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn’t easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others,” she wrote on Facebook in 2016. Yet people keep showing up in the hopes that she’ll deliver some of the magic that illuminated her one shining album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It’s been 20 years since Miseducation> changed the R&B and hip-hop landscapes and swept the Grammy Awards, and the chance to hear her sing those songs—and the hits of her prior group, the hip-hop trio Fugees—is enough for scores of fans to take a chance on her. For Hill, it’s all a work in progress. “Our challenge is to figure out the best way to accommodate the vitality, spontaneity, and spirit that make the performances worthwhile and special,” she wrote. Maybe this will be the time she figures it out. Read more>>> Lauryn Hill performs at 6 p.m. at Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $29–$201.99. (703) 754-6400. livenation.com. (Chris Kelly)
Sunday: Learn about silhouette portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition dedicated to the art form, Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8th and F Streets NW. Free.
Sunday: Avant-garde folk artist Arto Tunçboyaciyan performs at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets are on sale now for neo-soul singer-songwriter Eric Roberson, performing at the Baltimore Soundstage on July 26. 8 p.m. at 124 Market Place, Baltimore. $27.50.
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