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Brent Faiyaz is the smooth voice behind one of the most popular hooks of 2017. He, along with fellow DMV rappers Goldlink and Shy Glizzy, created a monster hit in “Crew.” The collaboration landed a Grammy nomination and earned RIAA platinum certification. It also introduced many to Faiyaz as an artist. Soon after the single’s release, the Baltimore-born R&B crooner followed his feature with the release of his full-of-gems Into EP, including “Too Fast,” a song that recently soundtracked the first trailer for the new season of Donald Glover’s Atlanta. “People say I drive too fast, move too fast, live too fast, ain’t no such thing as too fast for me,” he sings on the soul-baring track. In late 2017, he dropped his debut album, Sonder Son. On the album, his vocal range proves to be as rich as the authenticity he has crafted with his words. His sharp lyrical prowess combined with that soulful tenor makes his devotionals of love and life all the more comforting and relatable. Read more>>> Brent Faiyaz performs at 8 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $20–$50. (877) 987-6487. unionstage.com. (Jazmin Goodwin)
One of Navy Yard’s newest restaurants launches brunch this weekend. Chloe from Chef Haidar Karoum will serve the midday meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Dishes include crispy churros ($9), quinoa-pistachio granola ($9), steak and eggs ($18), and a Wagyu cheesesteak ($17). Drink options range from mimosas ($9) and Bloody Mary’s ($12) to Intelligentsia coffee spiked with “secret recipe brandied liqueur” that can be served hot or cold ($10). Chloe, 1331 4th St. SE. (202) 313-7007. restaurantchloe.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: In her previous exhibits at Flashpoint Gallery and Multiple Exposures Gallery in 2016, Korean-born, D.C.-based artist Soomin Ham dwelled poignantly on her elders through photography. She’s continued her exploration with a selection of works at Multiple Exposures Gallery, an exhibition called Portraits and Windows, this time based on a box of small, faded black-and-white images her grandfather took in the 1930s. As with her earlier projects, Ham reprocessed old images to blend her own vision with her family’s artifacts, a collaboration over place and time as she calls it. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Multiple Exposures Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center #312, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. (Louis Jacobson)
Friday: Controversial comic Adam Carolla performs at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $35–$45.
Saturday: The EDM bubble may have burst, but that doesn’t seem to bother Steve Aoki. The 40-year-old DJ and producer was throwing cakes and spraying champagne long before his sound became a global behemoth, and he is already onto the next big thing. On his latest album, Steve Aoki Presents Kolony, he fully embraces the hybridization of electronic dance music and hip-hop, teaming with Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert—and he even found room for D.C. favorite Wale and ’90s Bad Boy legend Ma$e. That collaborative spirit is shared by his latest tour, which kicks off in D.C. with a bill that features rappers Desiigner and Philadelphia’s Bok Nero alongside Aoki’s fellow DJ-producers Grandtheft, Ricky Remedy, and Max Styler. Read more>>> Steve Aoki performs at 9 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $30–$431. (202) 503-2330. echostage.com. (Chris Kelly)
Saturday: Artist and illustrator Adrian Tomine talks about the new paperback edition of his graphic story collection Killing and Dying at Politics and Prose at the Wharf. 6 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.
Saturday: Dynamic soul and R&B stars Alice Smith and Bilal deliver a romantic pre-Valentine’s Day concert at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $29–$69.
Sunday: A landmark of African cinema, director Djibril Diop Mambéty’s 1973 debut eases into its world with tranquil scenes of farm life before shocking you with brutal images of animal slaughter. The movie follows a young cattle worker and his girlfriend, who dream of leaving their native Senegal for brighter opportunities in Paris. Traveling on a motorcycle adorned with an animal skull, the couple’s path follows a landscape marked by foreboding cliffs and lush flora, the profitable modern world existing side by side with abject poverty. Yet in this world of natural and man-made horror, Mambéty injects a surreal, deadpan humor and unforgettable characters. Lovingly restored, >Touki Bouki is a startling and truly original film whose vivid colors cast an unflinching eye on the people of a nation whose natural wonders are no match for the unsentimental glare of industry. Read more>>> The film screens at 7 p.m. at Suns Cinema, 3107 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. $5. sunscinema.com. (Pat Padua)
Sunday: Experimental Icelandic group Múm performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Sunday: Jazz and R&B group Spur of the Moment performs at Blues Alley. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $25–$30.
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