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For the past 15 years, David Longstreth has fronted the indie rock band Dirty Projectors. Since 2003, a plethora of talented band members and collaborators have accompanied Longstreth—notably David Byrne and Björk—but nobody has been more personally and creatively influential than vocalist and guitarist Amber Coffman. Coffman joined Dirty Projectors in 2007, just in time for the band to pioneer avant-garde indie pop with their 2009 album Bitte Orca. Longstreth’s intricate and unconventional syncopations combined with Coffman’s R&B-inspired crooning landed Dirty Projectors in front of some heavy hitters, like Diplo and Solange. But in 2013, Coffman and Longstreth called it quits, both romantically and creatively, and went their separate ways. Since then, their heartbreaking separation has colored much of Longstreth’s creative output, as heard on 2017’s self-titled album dedicated to their breakup. It’s an adventure in him learning to reinvent the unique Dirty Projectors sound without Coffman. As it turns out, he succeeded. Read more>>> Dirty Projectors perform with Buzzy Lee at 6 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Casey Embert)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Author R. F. Kuang discusses her debut novel, The Poppy War, an epic fantasy inspired by Chinese history and myth and centering on a war orphan who develops rare powers, at Politics and Prose at The Wharf. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.
Friday: The National Building Museum continues its run of Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project, a detailed exhibition that dives into the design, construction, and daily life of the Manhattan Project secret cities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 401 F St. NW. $7–$10.
Saturday: “Space: the final frontier,” are the immortal words that William Shatner spoke at the beginning of nearly every episode of the original Star Trek series, which debuted in 1966. The show only lasted three seasons, but that wouldn’t be the end of it. Tons of films, spin-offs, reboots, and remakes followed, building a lasting legacy of sci-fi television. While the voyages of the starship Enterprise boldly went where no one had gone before, back here on Earth, NASA was doing much of the same, albeit with a lot fewer green aliens and phaser guns. From first landing a human on the moon in 1969 to the endless astronomical discoveries made after the space race (I’m still sad about Pluto not being considered a planet anymore), NASA has always gone warp speed ahead with education and research on all things celestial. This year is the organization’s 60th anniversary, the 60th year it has opened our minds and imaginations to the cosmos. To celebrate, the Kennedy Center Concert Hall hosts the National Symphony Orchestra performing music inspired by space, ranging from the 2001: A Space Odyssey theme to astronomer Carl Sagan’s Golden Record. Throughout the evening, look for special appearances by John Cho, who plays Sulu in the latest Star Trek films, Carl Sagan’s son Nick Sagan, and musicians Grace Potter and will.i.am. Get beamed up by it all. Read more>>> The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $35–$129. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Kayla Randall)
Saturday: The Fillmore Silver Spring presents an ’80s vs. ’90s flashback dance party featuring DJ Biz Markie. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $7.75–$15.50.
Saturday: Titanic: The Untold Story, an exhibition that uncovers the legendary ship, is now on view at the National Geographic Museum. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1145 17th St. NW. $15.
Sunday: There’s no better way to kick off summer in the DMV than with a show at Wolf Trap, especially when it’s a lineup of the country music boys of the season. Jake Owen, once known for his laid back long locks, is now shorn short, but he still pumps out the laid back jams perfect for summer evenings. He’ll end your weekend with a “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and somehow, even when playing to a crowd, he’ll make you feel like he’s crooning “Alone with You.” On a somber note, this tour is helping Owen get back to normal less than a year after he witnessed the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. He had just walked out on stage for the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the carnage began, gunshots ringing out over the crowd. It’s a miracle he survived and since then, he’s been outspoken, willing to tell his harrowing story. Let this country hitmaker rock your lazy Sunday. Read more>>> Jake Owen performs at 7 p.m. at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $40–$75. (703) 255-1900. wolftrap.org.(Diana Metzger)
Sunday: Suns Cinema screens the classic Gene Kelly musical Singin’ in the Rain. 7 p.m. at 3107 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. $5.
Sunday: Petworth puts on a Pride celebration with businesses on Upshur Street offering specials and fundraisers, like Himitsu serving specialty drinks with a DJ spinning on the patio and rainbow lollipops served up at Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop. 1 to 4 p.m. on the 800 block of Upshur St. NW. Free.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets are on sale now for music and silver screen legend Diana Ross, performing at The Music Center at Strathmore on Sept. 25 and 26. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $69–$239.
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