Ready to get jacked? Probably not an odd question to ask people who have an appreciation for the international dance music scene. But do not worry if you aren’t privy to Nick van de Wall, better known by his stage name, Afrojack, a Dirty Dutch EDM remix virtuoso. Afrojack is the nearly 7-foot DJ from the Netherlands whose mixes are typically bespeckled in hip-hop and doused in electronica. While the lesser-known 2010 single “Take Over Control” was the beacon that first catapulted him to a top DJ spot in the Netherlands, he has worked with some of the biggest names in music since then—and has crafted straight bangers. If you’re even a little musically inclined, you’ve heard his work riding airwaves ad nauseam in Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” and Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo. These days, it’s not unusual to hear the producer’s mixes permeating the streets of Dupont. Don’t miss the chance to hear them live. Read more>>> Afrojack performs at 9 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $30–$50. (202) 503-2330. echostage.com. (Mikala Williams)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Soul and R&B artist Rahsaan Patterson performs at the Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $55.
Friday: Folk duo Rising Appalachia performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
Saturday: If movies and television programs are to be believed, most global pandemics are the result of ungodly experiments gone horribly wrong. Well, guess what: If all you know about outbreaks is what you saw in the movie Outbreak, then, brother, you don’t know very much about outbreaks. From the bubonic plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century to the deadly flu pandemic of 1918 to the various swine/bird/insert-animal-here flu scares that periodically afflict our modern world, outbreaks are often the product of environmental changes exacerbated by travel. A crowded airplane, an infected passenger, an uncovered sneeze, and before you know it the streets are filled with old crones pushing corpse-carts and yelling “Bring out your dead!” This is scary stuff, but an ounce of knowledge is worth a pound of panic. So get yourself to the National Museum of Natural History, where a new exhibition, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World, tells the story of pandemics past, present, and future: the way they spread, the toll they take, and the amazingly competent people who often must race against the clock to contain them before it’s too late. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to 2021 at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 633-1000. si.edu. (Justin Peters)
Saturday: Indie singer-wongwriter Lissie performs at 9:30 Club. 8 p.m at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Saturday: The Wolf Trap Filene Center presents a performance of Live From Here, a variety show with live music. 5:45 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$65.
Sunday: The photographs in Fred Zafran’s exhibition at Multiple Exposures Gallery, Along The Poet’s Narrow Road, are as moody and contemplative as you might expect for a meditation on a 17th century Japanese poet’s journey. Zafran, a Leesburg-based photographer who has previously exhibited works taken in downtown D.C. and Miami, followed the path of Matsuo Bashō, a famous Edo period master of haiku who cast off his possessions and hiked 1,500 miles through a wilderness region, mostly by himself, and wrote poetry. By the time of Zafran’s pilgrimage, the scenery he saw included modern elements like train stations, restaurant kitchens, and bits of new architecture, but in most of the images, the quiet remains, even in nominally busy settings. “In prior trips, I traveled to Japan to photograph Japan. This time was an interior journey, exploring through photography my own evolving relationship with this country,” Zafran says. Of special note is an image of a woman standing statue-like on a train platform, “an image of waiting,” in Zafran’s words, and “a portent of the journey to come.” Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to June 17 at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Studio 312, Alexandria. Free. (703) 683-2205. multipleexposuresgallery.com. (Louis Jacobson)
Sunday: The Kennedy Center Hall of Nations hosts the NASA 60th Anniversary Exhibition, a celebration of NASA’s 60 years of work and accomplishment in space. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Sunday: Country singers Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson perform at The Anthem. 7:30 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $95–$175.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for Baltimore synthpop band Future Islands, performing at The Anthem on Sept. 28.
Tickets go on sale today at 12 p.m. for New Orleans R&B and soul legend Aaron Neville, performing at the Birchmere on Aug. 11.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. for Chicken & Mumbo Sauce, D.C.’s annual food-themed, go-go-filled day party at the Fillmore Silver Spring on July 14.
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