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The Fringe Music in the Library series has found ways to get all kinds of sounds into D.C.’s MLK Jr. Memorial Library during business hours, including a “turned down” Chain and the Gang. Not every act is a direct challenge to general tranquility of the setting, though. Take Domingues & Kane, a duo featuring Amy Domingues on viola da gamba (a cello-like instrument with frets that was popular during the Renaissance) and Dennis Kane on various electronic instruments. They’re fringey in the sense that each has deep roots within D.C.’s underground (from indie rock to the Sonic Circuits scene), but their musical output together is perfectly suited for a noontime show in late spring. Gut + Voltage: Viola da Gamba & Electronics in Synthesis, the duo’s new album, draws equally upon classical instincts and experimental impulses—Domingues plays her stringed instrument with electronic treatments, while Kane’s gear is plugged-in but never gimmicky. When they get pastoral, it’s not stuffy, and when they drone, there’s almost a sweetness to it. Domingues & Kane perform at noon at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. (202) 727-0321. dclibrary.org. (Joe Warminsky)
If you’re looking to get a wide sample of Arlington’s dining scene, head to Taste of Arlington in Ballston on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. More than 50 restaurants—from Texas Jack’s BBQ to Yona to Lebanese Taverna—will offer food, while drinks will be available in a beer and wine garden. There will also be live music, a “bark park” for dogs, and kid zone with games and face-painting. Admission is free, but you must buy tickets for food and drinks. Get more info at ballstonbid.com/taste. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Funk duo We Are Scientists takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel alongside opening act Prism Tats, the performance moniker of electronic artist Garett van der Spek. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $18.
Friday: WAMU’s Bluegrass Country presents a double bill of roots music at The Hamilton, featuring Mountain Heart and Darrell Scott. 8:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $24.75–$39.75.
Saturday: If the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden cared about practicality in interior design, it never would have tapped D.C.-based artist Linn Meyers to liven up its walls. But of course it’s an art museum, so having Meyers fill 400 curving feet of gallery walls with hand-drawn marker lines is to be expected. Meyers’ painstaking creations have beguiled locals (including me) for the better part of two decades, offering not only mesmerizing visuals but also mind-bending questions about how she could have mustered the stamina to produce such works. Typically, Meyers draws roughly parallel lines, embracing the energy and inevitable human imperfections that send those parallels off-kilter. On such an enormous canvas, the largest one Meyers has ever worked on, the imperfections can become substantial. The emotional climax of “Our View From Here” will come at the end of its year-long run, when, like a Tibetan sand painting, it will be destroyed, covered by white paint. The exhibition is on view daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to May 14, 2017, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 633-4674. hirshhorn.si.edu. (Louis Jacobson)
Saturday: Scena Theatre opens its production of War of the Worlds, turning Orson Welles’ radio broadcast about the destruction wrought by an alien invasion into a stage play at Atlas Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $20–$40.
Saturday: Scottish comedian Billy Connolly brings his High Horse Tour to the Warner Theatre for one show only. 8 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $35–$55.
Sunday: D.C. female vocal ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock formed in 1973 and has built its reputation on empowering acapella renditions of gospel, soul, and political numbers mixed with poetry. Although well-known founding member Bernice Johnson Reagon has retired, two original participants, Carol Maillard and Louise Robinson, are still harmonizing with newer participants on #LoveinEvolution, the group’s first studio album in nine years. The effort also features rare bits of instrumentation: On the short but potent “Second Line Blues,” a snare drum and low-end acoustic bass accompany the mournful reading of names of violence victims, including Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, and the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Although the album contains some awkwardly recited spoken passages, other songs show off the beauty and deep emotions of Sweet Honey’s vocals and the vital message of their lyrics. “Oh Sankofa” uses call-and-response exchanges to tell the story of the 1921 firebombing of a Tulsa, Okla. neighborhood by racist whites, while on “Wholy Holy,” a Marvin Gaye number, the women stretch syllables on his prayer of love and devotion. Sweet Honey in the Rock performs at 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $39.50. (703) 549-7500. birchmere.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Sunday: Southern alt-folk ensemble The Avett Brothers take the stage at EagleBank Arena in advance of the release of its new album, True Sadness, along with opening act Brett Dennen. 7:30 p.m. at 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $39.50–$55.
Sunday: RapperCurren$y closes out the weekend with a performance at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $32.50–$67.50.
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