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With true-crime programming riding a wave of popularity, it’s about time the good old murder mystery novel made a comeback. Sure, those mass market paperbacks have a dedicated space at your local library, but if you want a new title that combines the quickly consumable qualities of detective fiction with some literary heft, look no further than Laura Lippman. The Baltimore-based novelist has written 12 books about Tess Monaghan, a journalist-turned-private investigator, but her latest book, Wilde Lake—released just in time for summer beach reading—focuses on Luisa Brant, a Howard County state’s attorney who tries a drifter for murder. Read more >>> Laura Lippman reads at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Caroline Jones)
Colony Club is throwing a party for its one year anniversary on Saturday. Handsome Beer Company is taking over the taps, Red Hook Lobster Pound is serving food, and Milk Cult will supply ice cream sandwiches. There will also be karaoke, balloon animals, and watercolor portraits. Colony Club, 3118 Georgia Ave. NW. (202) 722-7202. colonyclubdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Check out some homemade dirty movies curated by Dan Savage at the annual Hump! film festival, screening twice tonight at the Black Cat. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20.
Friday: Gypsy Sally’s hosts a “Shorts and Boots Party” in Georgetown featuring performances by Americana acts Yarn, Will Overman Band, and Mountain Ride. 8 p.m. at at 3401 K St. NW. $14–$16.
Friday: Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ryan Beaver plays an intimate early show at DC9 with opening act Jonny Grave. 7 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
Saturday: If your parents grew up listening to rock in D.C., they might remember WHFS as a more progressive, freeform station helmed by DJs like Weasel and Damian Einstein. The station is celebrated in Feast Your Ears, a new documentary-in-progress from executive producer Jay Schlossberg. In order to complete the film, the production team is raising funds with a benefit concert featuring two mainstays on the station during its prime: singer-songwriters Jonathan Edwards and Danny O’Keefe. Read more >>> Jonathan Edwards and Danny O’Keefe perform at 7 p.m. at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $49.95–$99.50. feastyourearsthefilm.com.
Saturday: Dance in the streets when the third annual Funk Parade and street fair roll down U Street NW. Noon at 14th and U streets NW. Free.
Saturday: Members of the Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Gallim Dance perform at CityDance’s annual DREAMscape showcase benefiting the local dance workshop’s youth programs. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $25–$38.
Saturday: North Carolina-based folk ensemble Delta Rae takes the stage at The Hamilton with country vocalist Aubrie Sellers. 8:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $25–$35.
Sunday: In late January, John Stabb, best known as the vocalist of ’80s D.C. hardcore band Government Issue, thought he had appendicitis. It turns out Stabb has malignant stomach cancer. To help raise funds for his medical and living expenses, friends and colleagues have put together a three-act gig, “Boycott Cancer: A Benefit for John Stabb.” Headliner Thurston Moore, best known as a guitarist for post-punk band Sonic Youth, has been a fan of D.C. hardcore since the early ’80s. J. Robbins played bass for Government Issue in the late ’80s and has since performed and sung with post-punk outfits like Jawbox and Burning Airlines. Opening act Give, a young D.C. hardcore ensemble, adds a metallic tint to its frenetic sound. Read more >>> Thurston Moore, J. Robbins, and Give perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.
Sunday: Learn about the legacy of the great Senagalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène when the National Gallery of Art screens Sembène!, Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman‘s documentary portrait of him. 4 p.m. at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
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