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For many people, knowledge of drag ball culture starts at Madonna’s “Vogue” and ends atRuPaul’s Drag Race. But dig a little deeper and you’re likely to stumble upon the music of Vjuan Allure. The D.C.-area DJ and producer is an innovator of ballroom beats, frenetic tracks to which drag ball performers vogue, spin, and drop. As Capital Pride takes over D.C. in earnest this week, there’s no better way to learn about the scene than by dancing to a Vjuan Allure DJ set as Jennie Livingston‘s seminal ballroom documentary, Paris Is Burning, plays in the background at Sonic Cinema’s latest celebration of cult film and underground music. Read more >>> The event begins at 10 p.m. at Bossa Bistro, 2463 18th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-0088. bossadc.com.  (Chris Kelly)


The Fainting Goat has promoted Ian Fletcher to beverage director, and he’s rolling out a bunch of new cocktails. Among the new drinks: O Summer Where Art Though with cachaca, blueberry, lemon, and star anise; Gazpacho Man Randy Savage with St. George Green Chile Vodka, cucumber, lime, and cilantro; and We Don’t Have Redbull with Batavia-Arrack (a type of rum), limoncello, riesling, matcha green tea, black tea, and honey. Cocktail prices range from $9 to $16. The Fainting Goat, 1330 U St. NW. (202) 735-0344. faintinggoatdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Friday: Essayist, novelist, and thinker Chuck Klosterman appears at Politics & Prose to discuss his latest book, But What If We’re Wrong: Thinking About the Present as if We’re In the Past, a collection of writing that questions things, like gravity and democracy, that we accept as true. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Friday: South Asian performing arts ensemble the SAPAN Institute presents Forces, an evening-length show dedicated to fire, wind, water, and earth, at Dance Place. 8 p.m. at 3225 8th St. NE. $30–$35.

Friday: Lebanese pop ensemble Mashrou’ Leila performs at the Fillmore before its sold-out show Monday at the Hamilton. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $30.

Friday: The Tinner Hill Blues Festival begins at the State Theatre with performances by Mable John, Trudy Lynn, and Gaye Adegbalola and the Wild Rūtz. 8 p.m. at 220 North Washington St., Falls Church. $29.

Saturday: For nearly 40 years, The B-52s have been known as the World’s Greatest Party Band. That’s quite the superlative. If a group is known as the World’s Greatest Party Band then, by default, each gig it plays is the World’s Greatest Party. Well then, aren’t you lucky, reader, because the World’s Greatest Party happens to be taking place on Saturday night at… Celebrate Fairfax! That’s right, Fairfax’s annual community celebration and fair is taking place this weekend, with the legendary Athens, Ga. new-wave outfit headlining Saturday’s festivities. Read more >>> The B-52s perform at 8 p.m. at the Bud Lite Mainstage at Celebrate Fairfax!, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. $4–$18. (703) 324-3247. celebratefairfax.com.  (Matt Cohen)

Saturday: British songwriter Beth Orton takes the stage at U Street Music Hall along with Emmy the Great, the emerging London-born pop star. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $25.

Saturday: Local blues and rock singer Alice Smith plays an intimate seated show at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.

Sunday: Technically, Childbirth’s music doesn’t pass the Bechdel test, but that’s kind of the point. The Seattle punk supergroup—featuring Chastity Belt’s Julia ShapiroTacocat’s Bree McKenna, and Pony Time’s Stacy Peck—is less concerned with smashing patriarchy than it is with pointing and laughing at it. There’s an inherent cheekiness to the band that’s perfectly defined by its press photo—the band’s three members standing in a kitchen, laughing while eating salad—and songs like “I Only Fucked You As a Joke,” “Tech Bro,” “More Fertile Than You,” and “How Do Girls Even Do It.” Read more >>> Childbirth performs with Colleen Green and Pouty at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com.  (Matt Cohen)

Sunday: The Capital Pride Festival concludes with a concert on Pennsylvania Avenue NW featuring sets by Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, Melanie Martinez, and Alex Newell. 1 p.m. at Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street NW. Free.

Sunday: Wu-Tang Clan member GZA performs a show backed by a live band to close out the weekend at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $20–$25.

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