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Success in pop music is more the result of timing than talent, and in the ever-changing world of hip-hop, you have to read the zeitgeist before you can, to paraphrase Kanye, pop a wheelie on it. Perhaps no one in the DMV is better at reading the rap zeitgeist than Rico Nasty, a young woman from Largo who calls her music “sugar trap,” as in trap-rap with a sweet edge. Her mixtape cover of the same name finds her smiling like Mona Lisa with an assault rifle in hand, flanked by unicorns and teddy bears. She’s bound to be as divisive as Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert, but the Great Rap Hope baton might end up in her hands anyway. Rico Nasty performs with Dae World and O Slice at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 17th St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Chris Kelly)
With its new chef settled in, The Riggsby has a new brunch menu worth splurging on this weekend. Try a “New Crab Benedict” with miso-crab hollandaise sauce and Duroc pork ($19), short rib hash with a 60-minute egg, crisp potato, red pepper, and horseradish hollandaise sauce ($22), or for something sweet, Anson Mills cornmeal griddle cakes with homemade berry compote, strawberry Chantilly, and lavender honey ($14). Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Riggsby, 1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW. (202) 787-1500. theriggsby.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Early aughts college rock comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion when Dispatch and Guster play a double bill with Marco Benevento. 7 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $46–$56.
Friday: Help raise money for the DC Abortion Fund while drinking and dancing to tunes by The Perfectionists and DJ Tezrah at the Black Cat’s IndepenDANCE: A Pro-Choice Prom. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $25–$30.
Friday: Enjoy the music of John Williams and the mysteries buried in Hogwarts when the National Symphony Orchestra performs the score of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while the movie screens live at Wolf Trap. 8:30 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $35–$58.
Saturday: Art Garfunkel’s ethereal voice was forged in the fires of the 1960s, during the burgeoning civil rights movement and the televised atrocities of the Vietnam War. If he sounds weathered now, it is only because his clear voice, seemingly delicate yet resiliently sturdy, has suffered a few chips and cracks from bearing a good portion of the world’s pain and relief. Garfunkel still gets on stage to deliver Simon & Garfunkel’s longstanding hymns of hope like “The Boxer” or “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” but now mixes in some of his own favorites by artists like the Everly Brothers, Randy Newman, the Gershwins, and other masters of American song. Read more >>> Art Garfunkel performs at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $39–$99. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
Saturday: D.C.-based folk soul duoOh He Dead takes the stage at DC9 with opening act Caz Gardiner, the local reggae rock singer. 9:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $13–$15.
Sunday: If there is a God, he/she/they/it sure must love the ’90s. How else can you explain the ’90s revival pop culture is currently in the midst of? This year also gave us the quiet return of one of the most quintessential ’90s shows (even if it technically premiered in 1988): Mystery Science Theater 3000. Creator Joel Hodgson portrays a janitor named Joel who is trapped on a spacecraft by mad scientists and forced to watch shitty B-movies with his three robot friends, Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, and Gypsy. Seeing Hodgson and his ’bots live will feel like you’re watching terrible movies with your funniest friends. Read more >>> The shows begin at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $39.50–$299. (202) 888-0050. thelincolndc.com. (Matt Cohen)
Sunday: Beloved author Neil Gaiman discusses his work, reads stories, and answers questions when he speaks at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$65.
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