D.C.’s Maracuyeah DJ Collective will celebrate its fifth anniversary the way this team of female music spinners always has—with guest performers and DJs playing tropical dance music that Maracuyeah refers to as “Pan-Latin to the Future.” Maracuyeah—whose name combines the word maracuyá, a Peruvian and Colombian passion fruit, with a Colombian slang expression—will present sets by its own DJ Rat and Carmencha at the celebration, as well as ones from Oakland-based Panamanian rap act Los Rakas, Brooklyn-by-way-of-Panama-and-Puerto Rico DJ Bembona, and Venezuelan electro-pop artist MPeach. Read more >>> Bembona, MPeach, and Los Rakas perform at 10 p.m. at Judy’s Bar and Restaurant, 2212 14th St. NW. $15. maracuyeah.com. (Steve Kiviat)


Georgetown Piano Bar is launching brunch with live piano music this weekend. The menu includes stuffed challah French toast, buttermilk biscuits with sausage and gravy, a quiche, and a panini. An entree plus bottomless mimosas and bloody marys goes for $25 with a two-hour limit. This brunch, however, is more for people who like to sleep in: It lasts from 1 to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Georgetown Piano Bar, 3287 M St. NW. (202) 337-1871. georgetownpianobar.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Friday: Quotidian Theatre begins performances of A Lesson From Aloes, Athol Fugard‘s drama about a white anti-apartheid activist and his friendship with a black man recently released from prison. 8 p.m. at 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $15–$30.

Friday: Canadian electronic band Bear Mountain brings its techno-influenced music to DC9 for an early show featuring opening act Young Empires. 7 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

Friday: Ska punk act Dirty Heads performs with local alternative band RDGLDGRN at Silver Spring’s Fillmore. Laurel-based Jailbreak Brewery sponsors the show. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $29.50.

Saturday: By now, punkish Portland-based band The Thermals has been around for a decade and a half, and its fans range from dads reliving The Hold Steady’s glory days to younger indie fans raised on the semi-political, semi-personal howls of Titus Andronicus and Japandroids. There’s a West Coast fuzz to its records, but it’s ultimately Harris and bassist Kathy Foster’s self-aware, pop-leaning songwriting that casts its newest effort in a firm confidence. Read more >>> The Thermals perform with Summer Cannibals and Amanda X at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Quinn Myers)

Saturday: Brian Brooks Moving Company collaborates with Sandbox Percussion on Wilderness, a new work premiering this weekend at Rockville’s American Dance Institute. 8 p.m. at 1570 East Jefferson St., Rockville. $15–$30.

Saturday: Emerging country artist and Maryland native Maggie Rose performs at 9:30 Club with The Morrison Brothers Band. 6 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.

Sunday: Berlin-born choreographer Nejla Yasemin Yatkin’s company NY2Dance calls its work “a bridging of cultures from East and West.” To build this bridge, Yatkin draws inspiration from her Turkish heritage and from legendary female dancers-turned-choreographers like Martha Graham. Though she has choreographed numerous group pieces for her company and others (including the Washington and Baltimore ballets), Yatkin takes the floor alone in “What Dreams May Come.” Like much of her work, this solo piece explores questions of identity. Read more >>> The performance begins at 7 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15–$30. (202) 269-1600. danceplace.com. (Emily Walz)

Sunday: Funk artist J Boog, whose sound combines elements of reggae and traditional Samoan music, performs at The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $17.25–$20.75.

Sunday: Close out the weekend at 9:30 Club, where M. Ward performs with NAF, a new group featuring Jenny Lewis, Tennessee Thomas, and Erika Forster. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $32.50.

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