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While some knowledge of the languages the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change use while performing is helpful when trying to understand its detailed songs about the immigrant experience, listeners who aren’t well-versed in these dialects can still appreciate the ensemble’s use of harmony and hypnotic dancing. Joined onstage by percussionists pounding out polyrhythmic beats, the group—composed of refugees now based in Philadelphia—lament about hard times and celebrate moments of joy through music. Read more >>> The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change performs at 7 p.m. at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $12–$15. (202) 549-4172. hillcenterdc.org.(Steve Kiviat)
Sunday is your chance to wear a bathing suit and flip flops to a bar because Beuchert’s Saloon is throwing a “Tacos & Taps” end of summer bash. Think water guns, water balloons, and flip cup in addition to tacos and beer. Expect bites like “Taco Ambrosia” with black rice, grilled cobia, grilled squid, lime, and trout caviar, and a chile relleno de tamal finished off with marrow and burnt peach mole butter. The event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. and food and drink will cost between $5 and $15. Beuchert’s Saloon, 623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. (202) 733-1384. beuchertssaloon.com. (Laura Hayes)
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Friday: Spend the night outdoors at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center listening to the lush sounds of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the direction of acclaimed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. 8 p.m. at 1552 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$50.
Saturday: Reinaldo Barroso-Spech and his wife Diarah N’Daw-Spech founded the African Diaspora International Film Festival on the premise that education through film could bring communities of color together, reimagine what’s possible in black cinema, and provide a space for international directors to tell stories from the African Diaspora. One group of films showcases the long history of opposition in the Caribbean, including The Price of Memory, which documents how Jamaican Rastafari sought reparations for the enduring impact of slavery. Read more >>>The African Diaspora International Film Festival runs Aug. 19 to 21 at the Marvin Center at George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. $10–$50. (212) 864-1760. nyadiff.org. (Victoria Gaffney)
Saturday: Sisqo and the other members of Dru Hill reunite for a celebration of early 2000s hip-hop at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $37.50–$60.
Sunday: It’s been 28 years since The Bangles released “Eternal Flame,” providing generations of women with a ballad perfect for both school dances and karaoke bars. Still, the demand for The Bangles, now three 50-something L.A. moms, is high. In support of the CD version of its retrospective collection Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bangles, the band is on the road again, headlining many of the same clubs it played in its heyday. Read more >>>The Bangles perform with Cardiac at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: Rock & Roll Hotel kicks off its 10th anniversary celebration with a performance by Ex Hex, Flasher, and Simon Doom. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $25.
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