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While many Bryan Adams fans were busy drunkenly belting out karaoke versions of hits like “Summer of ’69” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” the man quietly launched a second career as a fashion photographer. Now, the Canadian Embassy in D.C. has honored Adams with an exhibit of his work. Canadians is a portrait series chronicling famous Canadians that Americans happen to love, from Brantford, Ontario’s Wayne Gretzky and Edmonton, Alberta’s Michael J. Fox to Ottawa, Ontario’s Margaret Atwood and Charlemagne, Quebec’s Celine Dion. Our neighbors to the north have significantly impacted American pop culture, so take some time to reflect on their work while checking out their impressive property on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to Jan. 26, at the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. (202) 682-1740. international.gc.ca. (Caroline Jones)
Drink Virginia craft beer this Saturday at Rustico‘s Novemberfest. The sixth annual event is a giant block party with more than 80 beers and ciders available for sampling. Since the festival occurs in the fall, expect a special emphasis on stouts, porters, and pumpkin ales. There will also be session brews, fresh-hop harvest ales, IPAs, sours, and barrel-aged offerings. Some of the beers featured are rarely poured in Northern Virginia including Pen Druid, The Veil, and The Answer. Pad your stomach with BBQ pork sandwiches, sausages, and turkey legs while you listen to bluegrass bands at this family-friendly event. Novemberfest runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. You can purchase tickets in advance for $25 (includes 20 food and drink tickets and admission) or at the door for $10 with food and drink tickets sold separately for $1 each. Kids under 14 are free. Rustico, 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria. (703) 224-5051. rusticorestaurant.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: DC9 welcomes Canadian indie rockers The Dears to its stage. 7 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.
Friday: Scott Kelly, who has spent more time in space than any other astronaut, speaks about his new book, A Year In Space, at the GW Lisner Auditorium. 7 p.m. at 730 21st St. NW. $25–$55.
Saturday: Feel like funkin’ it up this weekend? Well, grab a partner and your dancing shoes so you can imagine yourself parading down Canal and Bourbon streets with the Rebirth Brass Band. Founded around 1982 by trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, bass drummer Keith Frazier, and tuba player Philip Frazier, the band catchily scat lyrics from songs you’ve heard before over brass-heavy instrumentation, and perform some originals, too. After catapulting onto the New Orleans dance music scene, Rebirth has since set the standard for contemporary brass bands. Read more>>> Rebirth Brass Band performs at 10:30 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $35–$45. (202) 769-0122. thehamiltondc.com. (Mikala Williams)
Saturday: In the seemingly never-ending cycle of ’90s alt-rock bands reuniting, The Breeders‘ recent resuscitation feels different. It’s less a cash grab to capitalize on some sort of anniversary than it is an honest extension of the band, reuniting and playing together because they actually have some new ideas they want to explore. So take The Breeders’ performance at The Lincoln Theatre on Saturday less as a nostalgia trip and more as the next evolution of the band. Oh, and be sure to catch local post-punk trio Flasher opening the show. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $35. (Matt Cohen)
Saturday: SNL and Georgetown alumnus John Mulaney performs a stand-up show at DAR Constitution Hall. 7 p.m. at 1776 D St. NW. $25–$35.
Saturday: British actor, singer and songwriter Cynthia Erivo, best known for her Tony Award-winning turn in The Color Purple> performs at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $49–$69.
Sunday: Kevin Smith is best known for writing and directing a string of ’90s cult classics—Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma—but as his film career took a dive in the new millennium (Jersey Girl, anyone?), he turned himself into a cottage industry of content. Soon, Smith wasn’t just a filmmaker, but a comic book writer, a podcasting pioneer, a fixture on reality TV, and perhaps most notably, a public speaker with a knack for question-and-answer sessions. The latter became his “Evening with Kevin Smith” tours and DVDs, and got him back to basics: telling stories with a puerile and profane edge. But despite all the dick and fart jokes, he seems to actually be a good guy: After the flood of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, his mentor and longtime producer, Smith quickly denounced him and pledged to donate Weinstein-linked residuals to a nonprofit that advocates for women working in film. In the movies, Smith is Silent Bob, but in real life, he’s speaking up. Read more>>> Kevin Smith speaks at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $35. (202) 888-0050. thelincolndc.com. (Chris Kelly)
Sunday: Glenn Jones is one of the greatest living guitarists, full stop. A master of the American Primitive school of guitar playing popularized by John Fahey in the ’50s and ’60s, Jones has been six-string force of nature with his lightning-fast fingers, bizarre tunings, and relative obscurity (he doesn’t play out much). This is a rare opportunity to see a living legend in a literal living room setting at D.C.’s experimental music hub Rhizome. 8 p.m. at 6950 Maple St. NW. $10–$15. (Matt Cohen)
Sunday: Legendary Mexican singer/songwriter Ana Gabriel performs at EagleBank Arena. 7 p.m. at 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $84–$184.
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