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At the end of Bud, Not Buddy, Christopher Paul Curtis’ award-winning novel, Bud receives a saxophone from the members of his grandfather’s band, The Dusky Devastators of the Depression. Trumpeter Terence Blanchard, the musician working to adapt Curtis’ novel into a stage musical, knows a thing or two about that kind of gift. As a bandleader, Blanchard brings a distinct, funky sound that embodies the spirit of Congo Square. Now the trumpeter enters the world of the theater, joining forces with celebrated playwright Kirsten Greenidge to bring the Depression-era world of Bud, Not Buddy to life. Read more >>> The play runs Jan. 12 to Jan. 15 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20–$60. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Jackson Sinnenberg)


Peruse Soapstone Market this weekend and have sandwich while you’re there. “The Industrial” with mortadella, capicola, genoa salami, provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, hot pepper relish, and deli dressing on a sesame hoagie roll ($7.99) pairs well with a draft beer ($6). There’s also a crab cake sandwich ($11.99) and a rueben ($7.99). The market is open Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Soapstone Market, 4465 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 750-4100. soapstonemarket.com. (Laura Hayes)


Friday: Arena Stage begins performances of Roe, Lisa Loomer‘s new play about the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. 8 p.m. at 1101 6th St. SW. $40–$90.

Friday: Rapper Pusha T headlines a full night of hip-hop at the Fillmore featuring sets by Cypher, Starrz, Damond Blue, Young Crazy, and Ant Glizzy. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $40–$65.

Friday: Local soul artist Aaron “Ab” Abernathy performs at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as part of its ongoing Hometown Sounds series. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Saturday: Afghan singing great Ustad Farida Mahwash was the first female vocalist in Afghanistan to receive the honorific “Ustad,” a Persian word that means master teacher or musician. In 1991, she fled socio-political problems in her home country and moved to Pakistan before receiving asylum in the U.S. Since then, she has toured North America and Europe with fellow exiles, often in large ensembles. At the Sackler, she will be joined for more intimate appearances by Khalil Ragheb on vocals and harmonium. Read more >>> Ustad Mahwash performs at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-4880. asia.si.edu. (Steve Kiviat)

Saturday: British songwriter Piers Faccini performs songs from his recent album, I Dreamed an Island, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue’s intimate downstairs space. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $15–$18.

Saturday: Collage Dance Collective presents Rise, a performance that features professionals and students from the Duke Ellington School and the Jones Haywood School of Dance, at the Lansburgh Theatre. 2:30 p.m. at 450 7th St. NW. $25–$35.

Sunday: If your New Year’s resolution involves seeing more live go-go in 2017, here’s an excellent way to start: The inimitable Rare Essence hits the Howard Theatre for a Martin Luther King Day celebration with Junkyard Band and Sugar Bear & E.U. 2016 was a year of ups and downs for the makers and shakers of D.C.’s signature sound. Read more >>> RareEssence performs with Junkyard Band and Sugar Bear & E.U. at 9:30 p.m. at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $22.50–$45. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.  (Matt Cohen)

Sunday: Chris Carmack, the Nashville and O.C. star and Rockville native, performs at The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $20–$25.

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