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“I hate being the centre of attention with a passion,” Josey Rebelle told Mixmag last year. “If I play the last set and people clap at the end, I feel so uncomfortable. I pretend I’ve dropped something or I’m putting my records back in my bag, and duck down.” Unfortunately for the London-born DJ, applause comes with being as good on the decks as she is. For much of the decade, Rebelle has been a fixture on Rinse FM, the formerly pirate radio station that sets the tone for electronic music in the UK and around the world. Her soulful Sunday shows are a godsend for clubbers on the comedown. Over the past few years, she has gone from an underrated talent to a highly rated one, effortlessly moving back and forth through disco, funk, house, and techno. Rebelle’s impeccable tastes and immaculate selections make her one of the world’s best DJs. When you see her live, get ready to dance, and, sorry Josey, clap at the end. Read more>>> Josey Rebelle performs at 10 p.m. at Ten Tigers Parlour, 3813 Georgia Ave. NW. $15–$20. (202) 506-2080. tentigersdc.com. (Chris Kelly)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Union Stage welcomes electro-pop trio Mansionair, alt-pop singer Mikky Ekko, and soul artist NoMBe. 7 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $13–$23.
Friday: Snow Child, a new musical based on the book of the same name about a mysterious young girl in the Alaskan wilderness, premieres at Arena Stage. 8 p.m. at 1101 Sixth St. SW. $41–$90.
Saturday: Back in 2013, a then 18-year-old Saba scored his first big break with a guest verse on Chance the Rapper’s breakthrough mixtape Acid Rap. Since then, the Chicago rapper has followed Chance’s lead in crafting left-of-center, back-to-basics hip-hop with a focus on spirituality and storytelling (in an earlier time, his music would be tagged as “conscious”). He’s a loquacious lyricist who tells true life tales about heavy topics—poverty, gentrification, mental health—but couches them in soothing beats that draw from neo-soul and jazz. And while Chance has leveled up and won Grammys, Saba has quietly built his own body of work, including 2016’s high concept Bucket List Project and the just-released CARE FOR ME. The album is a poignant portrait that is focused on the aftermath of his cousin’s murder, but there are comparatively lighter moments, too, like “LOGOUT,” a song about the ills of social media that features none other than Chance the Rapper. Read more>>>Saba performs at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $16–$55. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Chris Kelly)
Saturday: The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents Diane Arbus: A box of ten photographs, an exhibition featuring the photographer’s famous eleven print set, the only one of the portfolios completed and sold by Arbus that is publicly held. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
Saturday: The Fringe Arts Bar opens miPhone Photo Exhibit, a showcase of the more than 3,000 photos one local man took on a trip across the country with his iPhone. 4 p.m. at 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Free.
Sunday: While Swedish director Ingmar Bergman put his knight into battle with the personification of death in a game of chess, British cinema took a more romantic approach to wrestling with fate. In Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1946 fantasy A Matter of Life and Death, Peter, a downed Royal Air Force pilot (David Niven at his most dashing), falls in love with June (Kim Hunter), an American Women’s Army Corps radio operator who makes radio contact with his doomed plane. When Peter escapes death as his escort to the afterworld loses him in the English fog, he gets the rare chance to plead his case to stay alive. Screening in a new 4K digital restoration, the film’s most dazzling aspect, an escalator carrying souls from Earth to heaven, gives this Technicolor masterpiece an alternate U.S. title that you may be more familiar with: Stairway to Heaven. Read more>>> The film screens at 11:30 a.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$10. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Pat Padua)
Sunday: Folk-blues band Hurray For The Riff Raff performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Sunday: Legendary love ballad master Engelbert Humperdinck performs at the Warner Theatre. 8 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $46–$86.
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