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If you’re looking for a rapper to soundtrack Halloween, 21 Savage will serve you well. The 24-year-old Atlanta trap star has carved out his lane in the hip-hop world with a rusty switchblade, making threats and boasts under a cloak of lethargy and over barely-there beats and horror score synth melodies. He is hip-hop’s premier minimalist, and his lyrics live up to his moniker with lines like, “triple homicide, put me in a chair, yeah,” that could make even the casual “savages” of rap blush. But what else would you expect from a guy with a dagger tattooed between his eyes? When hip-hop hanger-on DJ Vlad asked what the “cross” on his forehead signified, 21 corrected him—“Issa knife”—spawning a series of memes and the name of his debut album, Issa Album. Listening to Issa Album is not a fun, joyful experience, but an ominous one that rings true, especially during this spooky season. Read more>>> 21 Savage performs at 10 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $48.40. (202) 503-2330. echostage.com. (Chris Kelly)
Shuck It, a beer and oyster festival, takes place at Tony and Joe’s this Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Try whole roasted porchetta, raw and grilled oysters, oyster shooters, local beer, wine, and more. Tickets cost $65–$75 and you must be over 21 to attend. Tony & Joe’s, 3000 K St. NW. (202) 944-4545. tonyandjoes.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Rock group The Social Animals hit the DC9 stage. 7 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
Friday: Folk singer/songwriter Natalie Prass performs at Black Cat’s Mainstage. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10–$12.
Saturday: Let’s set the scene: You walk into an old underground subway platform, the lights flickering above in erratic patterns, and the only other signs of life are the occasional groans and rumbles of trains just out of sight, which never come. It’s dramatic, haunting, and hints at realities unknown. Seattle-based artist Rick Araluce is creating this very world, building the subterranean space for his exhibition, The Final Stop, at the Renwick Gallery as his first large-scale installation on the East Coast. The installation will be immersive, made for museum-goers to step into and leave the real world behind. Araluce is an old hand at constructing scenic, room-sized illusions, incorporating both sight and sound into familiar locales imbued with subtle mystery that spark our curiosity. In his world, it’s not about what’s in front of you, but what could be hidden just around the corner. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to Jan. 28 at the Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. (202) 633-2850. americanart.si.edu. (Regina Park)
Saturday: City Paper alum Sridhar Pappu discusses his book, The Year of the Pitcher, about the 1968 baseball season and pitching’s golden age, with fellow City Paper alum Michael Schaffer at Politics and Prose. 6 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Saturday: Horn and percussion trio Moon Hooch performs with multi-instrumentalist Marco Benevento at 9:30 Club. 10:30 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
Sunday: The glorious notes of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 have rarely felt more powerful than when cellist Seth Parker Woods plays them. The piece is one of the best-known solo cello compositions ever written, but Woods makes it feel fresh and new. It’s no wonder that in the classical music world his star is skyrocketing: Last year, he put out an acclaimed debut solo album, asinglewordisnotenough, and currently, he is an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College. His virtuoso talent is evident, and the grace and effortlessness with which he plays make it impossible not to be drawn into each bow stroke of the cello strings, hanging onto every note. Not one to be traditional, his playing is done not just with his hands, but his whole body as he puts feeling into each motion. It’s as if he is transporting himself to another world, just as he transports you, and we go on the journey to a sweet-sounding cello heaven together. Read more>>> Seth Parker Woods performs at 4 p.m. at The Warne Ballroom at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $20–$40. (202) 387-2151. phillipscollection.org. (Kayla Randall)
Sunday: Atlas Performing Arts Center presents the Capital City Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Season Opening Concert. 5 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $25.
Sunday: Musical comedy trio The Cootiesperforms at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage before David Letterman receives the 20th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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