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There are few intros in R&B more iconic than that of Ginuwine’s “Pony.” When the first note of Timbaland’s vocoded bass line hits, everyone in the building knows what comes next. The 1996 hit is a bump-and-grind anthem, soundtracking plenty of nights on the dance floor and in the bedroom. It found new life in the last few years, due in part to a general wave of ’90s nostalgia, but mostly because of its use in the Magic Mike movies. Thankfully, Ginuwine is still around to capitalize on the interest, not just in “Pony,” but in the other hits of his two-decade career. Read more >>> Ginuwine performs with Tray Chaney at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35–$60. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Chris Kelly)
Feeling bitter? The Black Squirrel‘s eighth annual Hopslam vs. Nugget Nectar Battle Royal is tonight. Drink to find out which beer packs more hoppy flavor. To eat, there will be IPA-infused mac and cheese, Citra-Hop-seasoned boardwalk fries, and a “Hop Daddy” burger topped with hop-infused cheddar and hoppy mayonnaise. The event begins at 5 p.m. The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW. (202) 232-1011. blacksquirreldc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: John Cleese discusses his career and his silly walking skills at the Music Center at Strathmore following a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $55–$225.
Friday: Washington Stage Guild begins performances of Last Train to Nibroc, Arlene Hutton‘s play about a couple who meets on a train carrying F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s body to its final resting place and the connection they form during the trip. 8 p.m. at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $30–$60.
Saturday: We lost so many great artists in 2016 that it’s hard to recall all those who died in the past 12 months. Such is the case with Tony Conrad, who I completely forgot left us last year just a few weeks before Prince’s untimely death. It’s hard to put Conrad’s impact on and contribution to modern art into words, which is why filmmaker Tyler Hubby made a documentary about him. As an early member of the Theatre of Eternal Music, Conrad helped pioneer drone music. But as Hubby’s film deftly shows, Conrad was never one to limit his creative genius. Read more >>> The film shows at 2 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Matt Cohen)
Saturday: Pioneering chef and organic food advocate Alice Waters reads from her new book for young audiences, Fanny in France: Travel Adventures of a Chef’s Daughter, at Politics & Prose. 3:30 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Saturday: Indie rock stars Tim Presley and Cate Le Bon perform a co-headlining show at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
Sunday: Experimental movement ensemble Pilobolus specializes in telling stories through shadows, with its members bending their bodies and adjusting lights to convey a narrative to the audience. In Shadowland, making its local debut this weekend at Lisner Auditorium, the company tells the story of a young girl who is swallowed up by darkness and finds herself trapped in the titular area. Read more >>> Pilobolus performs at 2 p.m. at Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. $25–$45. (202) 994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: Head to the Fillmore for a rock ‘n’ roll triple bill featuring Falling In Reverse, Issues, and Motionless in White. 6 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $27.50.
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