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D.C.’s music scene often lingers too much on the past, but this next iteration of the Luce Unplugged Community Showcase (which, in the interest of full disclosure, is presented in partnership with City Paper) will illustrate its future. Janel Leppin is a critical catalyst in the local scene as both the founder of Wedderburn Records and as a captivating avant-garde composer and cellist. Joining in the party will be Coup Sauvage and The Snips, declared the “Best Dance Party Soundtrack for the Resistance” in our recent Best of D.C. issue. The full-blast combination of Motown, disco, The B-52s, and ’90s dance parties invigorates, while their lyrics offer no quarter for gentrifiers and those who think money gives them carte blanche. Read more >>> Janel Leppin performs with Coup Sauvage & The Snips at 6 p.m. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7970. americanart.si.edu. (Justin Weber)
Whaley’s Rosé Garden officially opens tomorrow in Navy Yard. Think pink because not only will you be surrounded by the spring color, but the bar pours 10 different rosé wines (three by the glass for $10–$13). There’s also a selection of frozen cocktails ($14), like piña coladas, and beer ($7). Snacks include oysters on the half shell and Maryland crab toast. Starting Saturday, the Rosé Garden will be open weekdays from 5 to 10 p.m. and weekends from noon to 10 p.m. Reservations are not accepted and the maximum party size is six people. Whaley’s Rosé Garden, 301 Water St.SE, (202) 484-8800, whaleysdc.com/rose-garden. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Singer-songwriter Sean Rowe performs tracks from his new album New Lore, which he recorded on location in Memphis, at DC9. 7 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $15.
Friday: Filmmaker, author, and bon vivant John Waters reads from his new book Make Trouble, a volume of advice for young adults and recent graduates, at Halcyon House. 7 p.m. at 3400 Prospect St. NW. $30.
Saturday: Raised in Brazil, guitarist Arto Lindsay first became known for his dissonant stringwork in pioneering New York experimental band D.N.A. But he soon changed gears, first singing with art-funk band The Ambitious Lovers, and then releasing albums that drew from Brazilian Tropicalia pop and samba. Later, he created live avant-garde soundscapes with strategically placed speakers. On Cuidado Madame, his first album of new material in 13 years, Lindsay and his New York-based band draw from all of his disparate influences. Read more >>> Arto Lindsay performs with Beauty Pill and Br’er at 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Saturday: A Cappella chamber choir Skylark performs Clear Voices in the Dark, its program dedicated to the human spirit’s ability to endure in times of turmoil, at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. 8 p.m. at 1313 New York Ave. NW. Free; registration required.
Saturday: Alternative artist Haux takes the stage at Songbyrd Music House with opening act Aisha Badru. 8:15 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $12–$14.
Sunday: Guitarist Mike Stern, master accompanist Buster Williams, saxophonist Sonny Fortune, and drummer Jimmy Cobb are all musicians of the highest caliber and exemplars on their respective instruments. Beyond that, the thread that binds them together is membership in a band organized by trumpeter and 20th century music titan Miles Davis. These four musicians, under the moniker The 4 Generations of Miles quartet, gather to celebrate their former bandleader by playing his repertoire. Read more >>> 4 Generations of Miles performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $35–$40. (202) 337-4141. bluesalley.com. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
Sunday: The National Gallery of Art wraps up its series on the Hubley Animation Studio with a screening of short films by Emily Hubley, part of her family’s second generation of animators. 4 p.m. at 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free.
Sunday: Close out the weekend at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre, where The Folger Consort performs an evening of Renaissance music entitled “The Play of Love.” 2 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. $25–$40.
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