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While Ava DuVernay’s Selma is a mere three years old, almost from its release it possessed the kind of cultural heft that takes most movies a half-century or so to acquire. It was the first non-documentary film to grapple with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy, for one thing. For another, it was helmed by a young director who had already been hailed as a visionary. So had its composer, Jason Moran, an acclaimed jazz artist who also happens to be artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center. Which, in turn, happens to have an in-house symphony orchestra. Everything—the film, the composer, the venue, the ensemble—demanded that they all be combined, and they will this weekend. After the stirring screening, DuVernay discusses the film and the events it covers with one of its significant characters: U.S. Representative John Lewis. Read more>>> The film screens at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F Street NW. $24–$89. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Michael J. West)
Savor summer one last time at Ris tonight. The restaurant is hosting a New England Clam Boil with Ipswich steamers, New Bedford cod, corn, potatoes, onions, and sausages. The feast also includes a slice of Maine blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Add a Maine lobster to your boil for an additional $15. To drink, Ris will serve Narragansett lager ($1.50 for a can, or a bucket of six for $7). Tickets, which cost $65, are available here. Ris, 2275 L St. NW. (202) 730-2500. risdc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Indie-pop duo Coast Modern performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
Friday: Actor, comedian, and popular Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi performs new material at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse.7:30 p.m. at 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $20.
Friday: Country singer Aaron Watson brings his twang and cowboy hats to 9:30 Club. 6 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
Saturday: Mark Farina became a regular fixture in Chicago’s downtempo—a style of electronic dance music designed to be the perfect cool-down at clubs—house music scene during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Farina made his mark on Chi-town house, and the wider electronic music world, through the creation of his own style known as mushroom jazz. It builds on the unhurried, expansive framework of downtempo with the soulful jazz samples and the kind of firm but laidback funky beats found in Dr. Dre’s vision of West Coast production style. Watching Farina’s DJ sets can be a bit like a jazz show. He’s mastered creating and improvising abstract, electronic beat-driven music up at the booth. Read more>>> Mark Farina performs with DJ Sam “The Man” Burns at 10:30 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com(Jackson Sinnenberg)
Saturday: Made in D.C. presents Art All Night, an overnight festival that brings visual and performing arts to Congress Heights, Dupont Circle, H Street, North Capitol, Shaw, and Tenleytown. 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at multiple locations in all six neighborhoods. Free.
Sunday: This is how U Street should sound. The relentless percussion, the cathartic call and response, and invigorating mix of jazz, soul, R&B, and funk is D.C. through and through. But one of the paragons of the genre, Rare Essence, hasn’t played on U Street in 10 years. The corridor was once the beating heart of the go-go scene and the return of one of its giants will be a welcome sound. Still riding the wave from last year’s studio album Turn It Up, the group’s first since 1999, Rare Essence is fresh off the release ofLive PA#19: Live @ Fast Eddies 4-28-17 and a popular Tiny Desk Concert at NPR. “Where do I start with go-go?” D.C. newcomers sometimes ask. The best way is to show up, listen, and participate. Read more>>> Rare Essence performs with Jahsonic at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com.(Justin Weber)
Sunday: The National Symphony Orchestra presents its season opening gala at the Kennedy Center, featuring legends like cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Tony-winning singer Cynthia Erivo. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $79–$175.
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