When Rome Fortune raps “This is my intuition, and it says I shouldn’t be pigeon-holed” on “Blicka Blicka,” he’s delivering a mission statement. Since breaking through in 2013, the Atlanta rapper has defied easy classification, establishing himself as a street rap storyteller on his “Beautiful Pimp” mixtapes and collaborating with everyone from contemporaries Young Thug and iLoveMakonnen to dance music producers Four Tet and Toro y Moi. Earlier this year, he dropped Jerome Raheem Fortune, an album girded with jazz accents and electronic touches. Along with serving as a platform for his tales of fatherhood and finding his way in the music business and the world, the album provides Fortune with an opportunity to perform live for his diehards. Read more >>> Rome Fortune performs with The Range at 9 p.m. at The Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12–$15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Chris Kelly)
Local Belgian-style fry purveyor Fry Brothers will be hosting its “unofficial launch party” on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at Right Proper‘s production facility and tasting room in Brookland. After you take a tour of the brewery and grab a beer, try the fries with pho sauce, mumbo sauce, and “fry sauce” with Ethiopian berbere spice. Look out for the pop-up elsewhere in the weeks to come. Fry Brothers at Right Proper, 920 Girard St. NE. frybrothersdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Enjoy a romantic night of R&B when Boyz II Men takes the stage at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with the NSO Pops. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $45–$125.
Friday: Local performance artist Eames Armstrong debuts her new piece, “Spell,” which looks at the rituals we perform every day and how we use language, at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. 7 p.m. at 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free; reservations recommended.
Friday: For a taste of local liquor and local music, head to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center for a performance by Beauty Pill and free samples from Cotton & Reed Distillery. Find more details on Facebook. 6 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
Saturday: The 40-minute documentary Rackstraw Downes: A Painter doesn’t give Downes much opportunity to talk, so it’s fitting that the National Gallery is pairing the film with a post-screening discussion with the New York-based British artist. The doc is resolutely quiet—visually and sonically—as filmmaker Rima Yamazaki observes Downes working en plein air at locations around the city. Downes himself probably will have plenty to say about his work in his conversation with Harry Cooper, the museum’s curator and head of modern art. Read more >>> The film shows at 2:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Joe Warminsky)
Saturday: Rooney, the California indie-pop band fronted by Robert Schwartzman that made waves on The O.C. circuit a decade ago, is back and promoting its new album with a show at Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
Sunday: “It’s too bad when genre falls prey to its fans,” sings Soccer Team’s Ryan Nelson on “Too Many Lens Flares,” a song off its2015 record Real Lessons In Cynicism. A charge against the complacency of art and media, the line acts as a fitting introduction for the latest iteration of the Story/Stereo project, an ongoing series curated by Beauty Pill’s Chad Clark and The Caribbean’s Matt Byars that combines live music with a literary reading. This week, local author Bill Beverly reads from his new novel, Dodgers, and Soccer Team plays in support of its new album. National Building Museum opens its new exhibition, “Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse.” 11 a.m. at 401 F St. NW. $7–$10.
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