The title of the Kennedy Center’s weekend presentation “DEMO: Place with Damian Woetzel” highlights its director, a former New York City Ballet principal and artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival, but the names that really belong on top are the stars of this program, jookin dancers Lil Buck and Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles. Buck and Myles will present their version of the Memphis-based hip-hop variation to an international mix of music performed by Indian percussionist Sandeep Das, vocalists, and other collaborators on Galician bagpipes, cello, and traditional wind instruments. Each participant uses their heritage to loosely define the theme of “place” and satisfy both dance and eclectic music enthusiasts. Read more >>> The performance begins at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $49. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Caroline Jones)
Check out some of D.C.’s top chefs and drink by the water at the National Harbor Wine & Food Festival this weekend. Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m., attendees can sample 150 international wines, whiskey and bourbon, and beers and even purchase bottles on site. The Source‘s Scott Drewno, Del Campo‘s Victor Albisu, and The Shaw Bijou‘s Kwame Onwuachi will be among the chefs giving cooking demonstrations. There will also be three stages with live music and more. While advance ticket sales have closed, a limited number of general admission tickets will be available for purchase on-site (cash only) on Saturday and additional tickets will be available Sunday. VIP tickets, which get you in an hour early plus other perks, are available on Sunday. Get more info at wineandfoodnh.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Local folk-pop band Wylder celebrates the release of its first full-length album, Rain and Laura, at Rock & Roll Hotel. Fellow local folkies Justin Trawick and Annie Stokes. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Friday: Laura Kightlinger, a comedian seen on Lucky Louie and the IFC series The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, performs two stand-up sets at Drafthouse Comedy, the District’s newest venue for joke tellers. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at 1100 13th St. NW. $25.
Friday: Sampson McCormick: A Tough Act to Follow, a new documentary about the local performer’s career and the challenges he faces as a gay entertainer, screens at the Human Rights Campaign’s headquarters as part of the Reel Affirmations Film Festival’s RA XTRA series. 9 p.m. at 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NE. $25.
Saturday: The multilingual music of Spain-born, France-raised vocalist Manu Chao, from its brassy interludes to its delicate lyricism, has such a broad appeal that pretty much anyone can find something to enjoy about it. That being said, expect a diverse crowd at Tropicalia’s tribute to Chao. Because his songs are so unique (on any given album, he’ll jump from quiet flamenco ballads to heavier ska and reggae tracks or even a musical tribute to soccer player Diego Maradona), they’re perfect for a diverse night like this one. Read more >>> The show begins at 9 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $15–$20. (202) 629-4535. tropicaliadc.com. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers recreate the excitement of Simon and Garfunkel‘s famous Central Park concert at AMP by Strathmore. 8 p.m. at 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. $35–$45.
Sunday: The media is filled with tales of immigrants seeking safety in a new part of the world. Some are heartwarming, some are devastating, but each one forces audiences to consider how serious these journeys are. A new exhibition at the George Washington University Museum asks artists and viewers to consider these voyages in different mediums. Inspired by locations around the world, the invited artists and participants in the juried show use traditional and experimental art forms to tell these stories. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., to Sept. 4, at the George Washington University Museum, 701 21st St. NW. $8 suggested donation. (202) 994-5200. museum.gwu.edu. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: Jazz ensemble GoGo Penguin closes out the weekend with a performance at The Hamilton with local experimental jazz artist Anthony Pirog. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $15–$20.50.
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