Phil Cook’s music contains a genuine joy and reverence. These qualities are so rare that it’s immediately apparent from the opening piano trills that Cook’s debut solo record, Southland Mission, is something special. It’s what would happen if Muscle Shoals was in a small town in Appalachian coal country filled with the best Chicago, Detroit, and Memphis blues clubs. Cook’s passion for every single note he plays means that he can pull all his influences into something that sounds old and fresh at the same time. Read more >>> Phil Cook performs with Dead Tongues at 9 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Justin Weber)
Chef Matt Baker of forthcoming restaurant Gravitas will host a two-night pop-up in the lounge at The Source tonight and Saturday. For tonight, Baker will collaborate with The Source chef Scott Drewno to create a menu that combines modern American cooking with Asian ingredients and techniques. Look out for dishes like wok-fried parmesan gnocchi and New Orleans-style barbecue oysters as well as dumplings and duck bao buns. The a la carte menu will be available from 5 p.m. until close tonight. Tomorrow, however, the format will change to a five-course prix fixe menu by Baker. Tickets are available here for $75 per person with an optional wine pairing for $45. The Source, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 637. 6100. wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/fine-dining/3941. (Jessica Sidman)
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Friday: Former Go-Go’s lead singer Belinda Carlisle stops by The Hamilton, where she’ll perform an eclectic mix of French songs, new originals, and beloved classics. 8:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $58.50–$68.50.
Friday: The New Washingtonians, the student jazz ensemble from the Duke Ellington School for the Arts, performs with Ellington alumna Integriti Reeves at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Gallery as part of its Discovery Artist series. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $25.
Friday: The National Museum of Women in the Arts opens its latest exhibition, “She Who Tells a Story,” which celebrates photography from women in Iran and throughout the Arab world. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 10 a.m. at 13th Street and New York Avenue NW. $10.
Saturday: At a moment when American politics seems irreparably broken and when bipartisanship seems obsolete, Lawrence J. Haas has written a book about one of the most significant cross-party alliances in modern American history. In Harry and Arthur: Truman, Vandenberg, and the Partnership That Created the Free World, Haas—a former journalist and aide to Vice President Al Gore—recalls the partnership between President Harry Truman, a Democrat, and Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, a Republican, which produced such bedrock elements of U.S. foreign policy as the Marshall Plan to rebuild post-war Europe, the NATO military alliance, and the United Nations. Read more >>> Larry Haas reads at 1 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Louis Jacobson)
Saturday: Local rock outfit Go Cozy celebrates the release of its latest album, Glaziao, with a performance at Rock & Roll Hotel. Go Cozy is joined by opening acts The El Mansouris, The Spirit of the Beehive, and The Sea Life. 7:30 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Saturday: Alt-folk act Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors performs at 9:30 Club with Tennessee-born songwriter Jill Andrews. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $17.
Sunday: Turning internal despair into bummed-out hits has become a predictable trope of indie rock, but when Smashing Pumpkins did it in the early ’90s, the genre didn’t quite yet feel as contrived or mundane as it does today. On Sunday at the Lincoln Theatre, the band, which is now basically just frontman Billy Corgan and a backing ensemble, brings its brooding and highly emotive songs to town, in part to promote the latest cycle of its most recent recording project, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. Read more >>> Smashing Pumpkins performs with Liz Phair at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $85–$325. (202) 888-0050. thelincolndc.com. (Quinn Myers)
Sunday: Damaged City Fest wraps up at the Black Cat Backstage with performances by Systematic Death, The Goons, Disguise, Kombat, and Odd Man Out. Check out a preview of the full festival on Arts Desk. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
Sunday: The National Gallery of Art continues its tribute to film composer Bernard Herrmann with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Wrong Man. It’s preceded by a 1959 episode of The Twilight Zone entitled “Walking Distance.” 4 p.m. at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
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