It seems like every major political figure has a memoir coming out this holiday season, but few feel as anticipated as former Vice President Joe Biden’s book Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. Biden’s political and personal journey holds a lot of interest to readers, but it may be the unknowns about his life that make this one a must read. Many readers of his book and attendees of this discussion between Biden and bestselling author and social entrepreneur Wes Moore hope to find out why he decided not to run in the 2016 presidential election, how he reconciles personal grief with his professional life, and how he really feels about his The Onion alter ego Diamond Joe. This event promises to be more than a quiet chat. How many book tours do you know that come with their own title (Biden’s is called American Promise Tour)? With that title alone, Biden seems not only ready to answer tough questions about the future but perhaps when he stops in the nation’s capital he’ll answer one of the biggest questions of them all: whether he will throw his hat (and aviator sunglasses) into the 2020 presidential race. Read more>>> Joe Biden speaks at 8 p.m. at The Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. $325. (202) 783-4000. warnertheatredc.com. (Diana Metzger)
Hopfunk Fest II, put on by 3 Stars Brewing Company, brings together fans of hoppy and sour beers. The festival features both styles of beers from some of the best breweries in the country. There will also be food vendors, live music, and art. Tickets are running low and the event always sells out. General admission tickets are $20 and include a glass and two drink tickets. The VIP experience cost $75 and get you into the festival an hour early at 12 p.m., plus more drink tickets and swag. Participating breweries include Ocelot Beer Company, RAR Brewing Company, Interboro Spirits & Ales, and Burley Oak Brewing Company. Expect to see some mead and cider producers as well. The festival runs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. 3 Stars Brewing Company, 6400 Chillum Place NW.(202) 670-0333. 3starsbrewing.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Comedian Gabriel Iglesias takes his stand-up show to the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $39–$134.
Friday: Popular saxophonist Walter Beasley performs at the Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $45.
Saturday: Most artists tour in support of a new album or to ride the nostalgia wave of an old one. Erykah Badu does neither. Her last proper album was released in 2010, it’s been two years since an out-of-nowhere mixtape, and it doesn’t look like a new album is on the horizon. Yet her concerts don’t just celebrate the old favorites, either, because Badu’s music is a timeless mix of the past, present, and future. She’s a living legend in R&B and occupies a rare space of vitality. Read more>>> Erykah Badu performs at 8 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $76–$126. (202) 888-0020. theanthemdc.com. (Chris Kelly)
Saturday: Actor and comedian Marlon Wayans performs at MGM National Harbor. 7 p.m.; 9:30 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $31.82
Saturday: Eclectic, genre-defying rock band The Mavericks performs at the Lincoln Theatre. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $45–$55.
Sunday: If you’re looking for catchy power-pop hooks and a youthful roller coaster of emotions, few records are going to be as satisfying as Alex Lahey’s I Love You Like A Brother. The 25-year-old Australian music school dropout writes with a clarity seldom seen in someone so young. “Fuck work, you’re here, every day’s the weekend!” she sings on the album’s opener “Every Day’s the Weekend.” The sentiment is simple and charming. What’s better than a weekend? Read more>>> Alex Lahey performs at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Justin Weber)
Sunday: Global superstar Lady Gaga hits the Capital One Arena stage. 7:30 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $73–$502.
Sunday: Australian folk duo Angus and Julia Stone perform at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
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