Phil Hernandez and Ned Riley met more than a decade ago at D.C.’s Gonzaga College High School. It’s a history that gets a hat-tip in the duo’s photo exhibition at the Cross MacKenzie Gallery via the purple-and-white color scheme on the gallery’s walls. Hernandez and Riley have teamed up as Oculoire, a collaborative effort to produce black-and-white photographs that are heavily focused on D.C., from monumental columns to Metro stations. The name is a portmanteau of “oculus,” or eye-shaped form, and “neo-noir,” for the moody vibe they’re attempting. The pair frequently spotlight tunnels, cobblestones, and mopeds. Through the images a story emerges, one of the city’s gritty elegance, from the hum of D.C.’s everyday skateboarding culture to late nights in alleyways. It’s a romanticized vision of life in the city, but one that also manages to ring true. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to March 2 at Cross MacKenzie Gallery, 1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. (202) 337-7970. crossmackenzie.com. (Louis Jacobson)
American Ice Co. is throwing a “Great American Pig Out” on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. featuring a whole roast pig, local beer, and live bluegrass music. Vanish Brewery is taking over the taps and there will be speciality cocktails featuring Jim Beam. Sides include mac and cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, and cornbread. Tickets are $25 for all you can eat. Drinks sold separately. American Ice Co., 917 V St. NW, (202) 758-3562, amicodc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s, a new exhibition centered on the artwork of the iconic decade. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Independence Avenue at 7th St. SW. Free.
Friday: Contemporary soul singer-songwriter Eric Roberson performs at the Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $55.
Saturday: The president hopes to see tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue NW in a display of military might to match the annual Bastille Day parade in Paris. He has reportedly told the Pentagon to plan something for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. But he doesn’t have to wait that long: A documentary short at the DC Independent Film Festival might scratch his self-aggrandizing itch. Photographer Nina Berman’s film Triumph of the Shill presents footage from the president’s election and inauguration in a cinematographic tribute to Leni Riefenstahl’s infamous Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will. Most viewers will see black-and-white scenes of enraptured white Trump supporters set to military drums and choirs for what it is, an open-faced satire about the threat that the administration poses to the republic. Viewers familiar with Berman’s work know her as a patriotic dissenter whose portraits of Purple Heart veterans from the Iraq War have graced the Whitney Museum of American Art. Trump doesn’t need to know all that. Berman’s stark documentary reveals his rise in severe terms. He would no doubt find it flattering. Read more>>>The screening begins at 12:50 p.m. at the Naval Heritage Center at the United States Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $11. dciff-indie.org. (Kriston Capps)
Saturday: Legendary pop singer Cher performs at MGM National Harbor. 8 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $130–$327.28.
Saturday: The Wailers, Bob Marley‘s former band, perform at The Hamilton. 8 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $25.50–$39.50.
Sunday: We’ve all had the experience: a winsome smile or bit of chit-chat from a barista, interpreted, almost always incorrectly, as flirtation. In Louisa Hall’s hands, that kind of coffeehouse crush becomes “Barista Boyfriend,” the title track on her debut record. The breezy ballad provides a sense of what to expect from the Alexandria singer-songwriter. She’s playful and relatable, armed with a ukulele and a rich singing voice. Relatability is at the forefront of the album, as Hall finds honesty and humor in songs about irrational fears, internet dating misadventures, and awkward moments. The throughline—wanting to be liked and loved—is the most relatable thing of all, but despite her sweet sonics, her songs are rarely saccharine and often salty. Take “Missed Connections,” a self-aware stalker anthem that would fit on the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend soundtrack. “He loves me in my dreams,” she sings, “and has no choice in the matter.” Read more>>>Louisa Hall performs at 7 p.m. at Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. $15. (703) 255-1566. jamminjava.com. (Chris Kelly)
Sunday: The Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra performs on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Sunday: Brooklyn-based jazz fusion collective Snarky Puppy performs at the Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $33.
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