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Music moves through you. It is the essence of the soul, the sound and vibrations that bind us all together in the gospel of life. And in D.C., the punk rock preachers of this gospel, The Make-Up, have been largely absent in recent years. Its members—Ian Svenonius, James Canty, Michelle Mae, and Steve Gamboa—put the project to rest years ago to move on to bigger and better things. But these dark and weird times call for people to help guide us back toward the light. As such, The Make-Up is back, reuniting this summer to spread their life-affirming gospel-punk to the people of Earth. Read more >>> The Make-Up performs with Permanent Waves and Tyvek at 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15–$18. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Matt Cohen)
Try a new brunch this weekend at Rosario in Adams Morgan. The creative, Italian-inspired dishes include cacio e pepe biscuits ($13), an Italian breakfast sandwich ($14), veal Milanese steak & eggs ($15), and cannoli bomboloni ($9) for dessert. Pair the meal with a $10 Bloody Mary or Aperol Spritz. Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rosario, 2435 18th St. NW. (202) 791-0298. rosariodc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Experimental electronic act Com Truise performs at U Street Music Hall with Clark, the English producer who will play his new album Death Peak live. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
Friday: Get the weekend started with a dose of power pop from Scranton, Pa.’s Tigers Jaw, which plays Rock & Roll Hotel with opening acts Saintseneca and Smidley. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $18.
Friday: Let loose with other jam band fans when Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe takes the stage at 9:30 Club with special guest Melvin Seals, the Rolling Stones saxophonist and former member of the Jerry Garcia Band. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
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Saturday: The last time Japanese designer Jun Kaneko paired up with the Washington National Opera, it was for his whimsical version of The Magic Flute, in which he imagined half the characters (the magical ones) to be Asian, dressing them in kabuki outfits and makeup. It was a bold—and also unnecessary and confusing—Orientalization of Mozart’s original, which was inspired by German folk tradition and Freemasonry. So as the WNO prepares to do another Kaneko-designed opera, it makes sense for them to select Madame Butterfly. Read more >>> The opera runs May 6 to May 21 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $25–$300. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Mike Paarlberg)
Saturday: AuthorDennis Lehane reads from his latest thriller Since We Fell, which focuses on a TV reporter who is shocked by nonsensical events as she recovers from a traumatic assignment. 6 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Sunday: An Arab-Israeli school teacher tries to smuggle copies of Dostoyevsky to Gaza on a raft made of plastic bottles. What happens next? That sounds like the set-up of a high-brow joke, but it’s actually the plot of Ulysses on Bottles, Israeli playwright Gilad Evron’s drama that kicks off this year’s edition of Mosaic Theater Company’s Voices of the Changing Middle East Festival. Led by managing director Serge Seiden, the play uses the case of the aforementioned school teacher to view the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a different lens. Read more >>> The play runs May 18 to June 11 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $15–$60. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
Sunday: Enjoy a lively night of hip-hop at Echostage, when rap impresario Rick Ross performs. 9 p.m. at 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $36.80.
Sunday: Close out the weekend at 9:30 Club with a performance by Laura Marling, the British folk artist touring in support of her latest album, Semper Femina. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $30.
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