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For Pinkwash, the Philadelphia-via-D.C. duo of Joey Doubek and Ashley Arnwine, playing music is an act of catharsis. On its first two Sister Polygon-released EPs, Your Cure Your Soil and Cancer Money, the duo’s furiously thundering prog-punk was a direct result of the 15 months Doubek spent caring for his mother as she was dying of breast cancer. The songs, he told Spark Mag in a recent interview, “are a pure form of frustration over the Cancer Industrial Complex and anger over death and pain.” With Collective Sigh, Pinkwash’s debut LP for Don Giovanni Records, the band’s catharsis has evolved (Doubek says the record is “more about coping and moving forward”) but the songs are no less ripping. Read more >>> Pinkwash performs with Flasher at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Matt Cohen)
Get your day drinking on at The Black Squirrel this Saturday. Beginning at 1 p.m., the Adams Morgan bar is hosting a Great Lakes Brewing Company “day drinking seminar and coaching session.” Basically, that means there will be a lot of Great Lakes brews to try, including the brewery’s Lagos Mexican Lager brewed with hibiscus and Rackhouse, a strong ale aged in bourbon barrels for six months. The regular brunch menu will also be available. The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW. (202) 232-1011. blacksquirreldc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
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Friday: Iconic ’90s hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of “Tha Crossroads” with a performance at the Fillmore. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $33.
Friday: Signature Theatre closes its season with a lively and stylish production of La Cage aux Folles, Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein‘s musical about a gay couple who attempt to play it straight during a dinner with their son’s conservative future in-laws. 8 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $40–$82.
Saturday: Because William Shakespeare’s work highlights timeless themes like greed, jealousy, and bigotry, theaters around the world can present his plays hundreds of years after they were first performed and audiences will still connect with the Bard’s message. As a means of exploring that premise, master playwright and script adapter Aaron Posner has taken The Merchant of Venice and imagined the events taking place in Reconstruction-era D.C. The resulting play, District Merchants, is not a direct retelling of Shakespeare’s dark comedy, as the cast is quick to point out; instead, it considers how the relationship between Shylock, an older Jewish man, and Antoine, a black man, would evolve in the years following the Civil War. Read more >>> The play runs May 31 to July 3 at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $35–$75. (202) 544-7077. folger.edu. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: Before Capital Pride events begin in earnest next week, check out Story District’s annual “Out/Spoken” storytelling evening at 9:30 Club, in which community members share their favorite tales about being queer in D.C. 6 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Saturday: Anacostia’s Honfleur Gallery opens “Hear/Here,” a new exhibition of work about the changes in American metropolitan areas curated by Jarvis DuBois. 6 p.m. at 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
Sunday: As a teacher, American painter William Merritt Chase helped develop the talents of acclaimed 20th century artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Marsden Hartley. Despite the fact that the students may have surpassed their master in terms of name recognition, Chase remains an interesting and important character in modern art. The Phillips Collection’s latest exhibition offers visitors an in-depth look at Chase’s career featuring more than 70 original works. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sundays noon to 7 p.m. at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 387-2151. phillipscollection.org. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: The Capital Jazz Fest wraps up at Merriweather Post Pavilion with sets by Will Downing, Tamia, Toni Braxton, and Pieces of a Dream. Noon at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $76.50–$192.
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