It’s been seven years since Ted Leo & the Pharmacists released The Brutalist Bricks. Since then, Leo teamed with Aimee Mann as The Both, but he also faced and overcame a host of personal and professional challenges that made a new Pharmacists record anything but a foregone conclusion. Thankfully, he turned to Kickstarter to finance a new (solo) record, with more than 3,000 backers almost doubling his $85,000 goal. Read more >>> Ted Leo & The Pharmacists performs with TK Echo at 8 p.m. at Black Cat 1811 14th St. NW. $20. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Chris Kelly)
The Source is teaming up with Solly Mamma’s on Saturday night for an “East Meets West” barbecue. Sample dishes include smoked juicy pork wontons with smoked shallot sauce, smoked ribs with tamarind-hoisin glaze served with steamed bao buns, and a smoked peach tarte with bourbon glaze for dessert. The food will be paired with a couple of 3 Stars Brewing Company beers. Dinner kicks off at 6 p.m. and tickets are $85.39. The Source, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, (202) 637-6100, wolfgangpuck.com/dining/the-source-washington-d-c. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Music legends Lauryn Hill and Nas team up with special guests including Hannibal Buress for a hit-filled show at Jiffy Lube Live. 6:30 p.m. at 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va.. $27-$257.
Friday: Red Bull Reign’s high-octane 3-on-3 basketball tournament culminates today with U.S. Finals, and tomorrow with the World Finals. 4:15 p.m. at 1230 Sumner Road, SE. Free.
Saturday: All boundaries between performer and audience member dissolve as they mingle together on the dance floor. Suddenly, a performer in a gray T-shirt beckons to a person in the crowd. “May I dance for you?” Just like that, the performance has begun. As other performers spontaneously break into dance, one or two brave souls from the audience join in, creating an organic, improvised mass dance session.As other performers spontaneously break into dance, one or two brave souls from the audience join in, creating an organic, improvised mass dance session. This is the premise of closer, the pet project of the Minneapolis-based BodyCartography Project. Read more >>> BodyCartography Project starts at 8 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15-$30. (202) 269-1600. danceplace.org. (Regina Park)
Saturday: Celebrate the enduring legacy of epic fairytale The Princess Bride with “An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes.” After a screening of the film, Elwes, who stars as leading man Westley, will give fans insight into what life was like on and off the set of the classic. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $25-$55.
Saturday: H Street Festival—one of the most anticipated annual parties in Washington—bounds through 10 blocks this Saturday. Enjoy an array of local food, music, and arts. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 4th St., NE to 14th St., NE on H St.Free.
Saturday: Indie darlings-turned-megaband Arcade Fireis set to blast through Capital One Arena. 7:30 p.m. at 601 F St., NW. $26-$85.
Sunday: Over the course of their career, Toronto’s BadBadNotGood has made a name for themselves by emulating what’s popular. In 2011, the trio could be seen putting unique jazz spins on the likes of Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, and their video clips went viral as a result. Drummer Alex Sowinski wore a pig mask for really no reason at all. In the six years since, BadBadNotGood has picked up a member—saxophonist Leland Whitty—and become a quartet. They no longer play the background or rely on anyone else’s hits to stay relevant. Read more >>> BadBadNotGood performs with Ace Cosgrove at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club. 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Marcus J. Moore)
Sunday: Fiesta DC marks its 46th year in D.C. with its annual Latino Festival, a celebration of Latino culture with an estimated attendance of 180,000. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pennsylvania Ave. between 3rd and 7th streets. Free.
Sunday: The Hirshhorn Museum presents “Concert for Yoko Ono, Washington and the World,” a tribute to pioneering and experimental artists and performance art. The concert will feature the likes of artists Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance, and Moor Mother. 7 p.m. at Independence Ave., SW and 7th St., SW. $25.
Sunday: Pioneering reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee, fresh off heels of his summer smash with Luis Fonsi “Despacito,”takes over Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $45-$115.
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