With his straight-toothed grin and suave sense of style, John F. Kennedy rises to the top of presidential handsomeness lists. But he’s also one of America’s most visually represented presidents, in large part because photojournalism became much more prominent during his lifetime. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of JFK’s birth, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has pulled dozens of photos from the collections of the Kennedy Library in Boston, Getty Images, and the Kennedy family archives to create an exhibit that gives viewers a more complete view of the slain president. From early images of his congressional campaigns to shots of his wedding and various political accomplishments, curators focus the exhibit on the things Kennedy did to make the nation better. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., to Sept. 17, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7970. americanart.si.edu. (Caroline Jones)
Arroz, the Spanish and Moroccan restaurant from Mike Isabella, launches brunch Saturday. Highlights include a smoked ham bomba rice with chorizo, coco beans, padrón peppers, pickled fresno, and cilantro crema ($26 for half, $54 for a whole) a Moroccan pancake with sesame butter and warm honeycomb ($13); and a burger served on a Portuguese roll with mahon cheese and guindilla secret sauce ($18). Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arroz, 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, (202) 869-3300, arrozbymic.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Day one of the second annual Breakin’ Even Fest kicks off at Songbyrd with a nice lineup of punk heavyweights, including Columbus, Ohio’s The Sidekicks, Pkew Pkew Pkew, and Dot Dash. 7:30 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $15-$18.
Friday: Experimental folk act Near Northeast celebrates the release of their excellent new record, True Mirror, tonight at St. Stephen’s church in Columbia Heights, with Lobo Marino, Soumya Chakraverty and Debu Nayak, and Takunda M. 7 p.m. at 1525 Newton St. NW. $10.
Saturday: U Street NW has long been the neighborhood to visit when looking for a lively night on the town, but things get, er, funkier, when the Funk Parade is going down. The day-long event, now in its fourth year, transforms the historic corridor into a musical playground, with visual art activities, movement demonstrations, live music on six different stages, and, of course, a parade that snakes its way from the Howard Theatre to the Lincoln Theatre. You’ll hear the sounds of go-go bands and DJs in the air and see some trippy costumes on the open streets. Also, the 4th floor of 1000 U Street will be transformed into a cosplay lounge. Read more>>> The Funk Parade begins at noon at 965 Florida Ave. NW. Free. funkparade.com. (Vance Brinkley)
Saturday: Breakin’ Even Fest continues with even more punk goodness, the second day featuring Restorations, Worriers, Honah Lee, American Television, Apiga, and more. 3:30 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $15-$18.
Saturday: Fritz Lang‘s 1927 masterpiece Metropolis is considered one of the greatest science fiction films of all time. What better way to experience it than to see the 2010 restoration—which includes 25 additional minutes of restored footage—at the AFI Silver Theatre with a live symphony orchestra? 1 p.m. at 8633 Colesville Road. $20.
Sunday: Local jazz vocalist Akua Allrich uses her soulful voice to take command of standards, African healing songs, and her own funky compositions in the style of her idols Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba. When backed by her group The Tribe, the music can carry your spirit to a different place entirely. Accompanied by bassist Kris Funn, as well as D.C.-born, West African musician Amadou Kouyate, Allrich kicks off Rhizome’s Music of the African Diaspora series, which runs every Sunday in May. Read more>>> Amadou Kouyate performs with Akua Allrich and Kris Funn at 4:30 p.m. at Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St. NW. $10–$12. rhizomedc.org. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
Sunday: Recently reunited shoegaze legends Slowdive and Japanese Breakfast hit 9:30 Club on Sunday. Because shoegaze reunions are always must-sees. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. Sold out (but you can find tickets on Craigslist).