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From directing and designing to stage managing and performing, Round House Theatre’s Teen Performance Company takes the lead during this weekend’s production of Beach Week, the 15th Annual Sarah Metzger Memorial Play. This year’s play is an original creation by Sarah’s sister Diana Metzger, a playwright, screenwriter, and occasional City Paper contributor. Going back in time to 2002, Diana spins a comedic twist on the D.C. area’s Beach Week tradition, when hordes of high school seniors descend on Ocean City. Read more >>> The play runs March 17 to March 19 at Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $26. (240) 644-1100. round-housetheatre.org. (Breanna Bishop)
Try 11 new restaurants before they open this Sunday at Mess Hall. New Kitchens on the Block (NKOTB) participants include The Salt Line, Reverie, Taqueria del Barrio, Unconventional Diner, and RASA Indian Grill. Choose from an 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. session or a 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. session, but decide quickly: Tickets ($65 for general admission, $95 for VIP) are going fast. Mess Hall, 703 Edgewood St. NE. messhalldc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Writer/director Robert Lepage presents Needles and Opium, a multimedia production that tells the story of Miles Davis‘ 1949 visit to Paris, which coincided with Jean Cocteau‘s visit to the U.S., at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $19–$59.
Saturday: There’s more than one reason why Bolia “BM” Matundu’s Congolese hits have spawned countless viral dance videos: BM, whose own dance skills are considerable, encourages fans to one-up each other in videos he posts on social media. Another explanation for all those videos: His indelible hits, which include “Ebebi,” “Baloba,” and “Marry You (Mamacita),” are frothy, catchy, and highly danceable. Tonight, he makes his American debut just after the release of his latest single, the dreamy “My Wife.” Naturally, tonight’s show includes live dance contests, so prepare to be impressed. Read more >>> Bolia Matundu performs at 10 p.m. at Fire Station 1, 8131 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $30–$45. (301) 585-1370. thefirestation1.com. (Alona Wartofsky)
Saturday: R&B artist José James blends elements of jazz and hip-hop on his latest socially aware release, Love in a Time of Madness, and performs in support of it at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $22.25.
Saturday: Enjoy a night of ’60s inspired garage rock at Comet Ping Pong with sets from Go Mod Go! and The Hall Monitors. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Sunday: For 20 years, the Kennedy Center has presented one free performance every day, even on national holidays. To celebrate this milestone, the performing arts palace on the Potomac is hosting a party, starting with giveaways and happy hour at 5 p.m. Entertainment comes from Celtic rock act Scythian, a band that incorporates eastern European and Appalachian elements into their repertoire in addition to traditional Irish sounds, and New Orleans funk band Big Sam’s Funky Nation, a group that calls itself “a driving force of urban funk.” Read more >>> The performance begins at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Selma Khenissi)
Sunday: The National Gallery of Art and PostClassical Ensemble present a screening of Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata for Viola, a 1981 documentary about the Soviet-era composer, at the East Building Auditorium. 4 p.m. at 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
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