On her 2008 album We Brave Bee Stings and All, Northern Virginia native Thao Nguyen wails plaintively about the pains of growing up and figuring out life. Eight years later, Nguyen’s latest offering, A Man Alive, finds her playing with electronic effects and spoke-sung passages in a way that uniquely fits her eclectic swagger. Always interested in having a good time with her music, she’s poked fun at the whirrs and buzzes heard on A Man Alive in a Funny Or Die video with the album’s producer Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs). Read more >>> Thao and the Get Down Stay Down performs with Saintseneca and Little Scream at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Caroline Jones)
Food truck festival Truckeroo is back for the first time this season. Today from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., 27 food trucks—from The Big Cheese to Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats—will congregate at Half and M streets SE near the Navy Yard Metro. There will also be live music and a bar. Admission is free. Truckeroo, fairgroundsdc.com/truckeroo. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Company and brewer of Sam Adams, discusses the beer industry and reads from his new book, Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Friday: Dancer Jurij Konjar performs Bound, a series of linked movement vignettes choreographed by Steve Paxton, at Rockville’s American Dance Institute. 8 p.m. at 1570 East Jefferson St., Rockville. $15–$30.
Friday: British garage-pop outfit YUCK takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel with Brooklyn-based opening act Big Thief and Bad Moves, a local power group featuring members of Art Sorority for Girls, Booby Trap, Hemlines, and The Max Levine Ensemble. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
Saturday: You know some of Carmina Burana even if you don’t recognize the name. The entire work, 24 movements in all, also provides the score for a ballet choreographed by Septime Webre, the artistic director of Washington Ballet, which will perform the piece for the first time in 10 years. The music, performed by 80 members of the Cathedral Choral Society and 20 members of the Arlington Children’s Chorus, celebrates springtime, love, youth, and beauty—qualities that a ballet company performing in April should have in excess. Read more >>> The ballet runs April 13 to 17 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $32.35–$130. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Saturday: Jangly New Jersey-based rock act The Feelies returns to the 9:30 Club stage to play some new songs and many classics. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Saturday: Celebrate five years of great local beer at DC Brau’s anniversary party, featuring performances by The Sword, Keverltak, Torche, Serpent Throne, and Loud Boyz. 1 p.m. at 3178 Bladensburg Road NE. $45.
Sunday: Mumbai-born tabla drummer Zakir Hussain is best known in the U.S. for his multicultural collaborations—with George Harrison, Herbie Hancock, and The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, as well as his contributions to the Apocalypse Now soundtrack and the opening ceremony of the 1996 Olympics. But Hussain’s finest barehanded rhythmic efforts are found on compositions that reflect the breadth of Indian classical music. Hussain presents his current interpretation of that cultural heritage live with his group, Masters of Percussion. Read more >>> Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion perform at 1 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $25–$65. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Sunday: If Batman v Superman didn’t fill your need for all things Bruce Wayne, head to the Birchmere, where Charles Ross will perform his popular One-Man Dark Knight. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35.
Sunday: Close out the weekend at the Black Cat Backstage, where L.A.-based pop artist Har Mar Superstar will perform his funky tracks aimed at getting your booty shaking. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
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