Singer Rokia Traoré is different than most Malian performers who tour the globe. For one thing, she’s the daughter of a diplomat and not a member of a hereditary caste of griots or a desert resident like many of the country’s traditional musicians. Her musical style also varies: She frequently sings in a delicate Afro-folk style while occasionally emoting forcefully over rhythmic grooves more reflective of her homeland. Read more >>> Rokia Traoré performs with Sinkane at 8 p.m. at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. $25–$45. (202) 994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu.
Chicago-style pizza pop-up Vin & Vic’s is back at Capitol Lounge tonight. Chef Tom Madrecki is paring things back after massive crowds overwhelmed his January pop-up. This time around, the menu will just focus on thin-crust and deep-dish pizzas and fried ravioli, but more dishes may be added for future pop-ups. Madrecki hopes to offer one of the most “unique, uncommon wine lists in the city,” which will feature glasses between $7 and $9 and bottles under $50. A $7 negroni and pitchers of Goose Island beer will also be available. Vin & Vic’s at Capitol Lounge, 229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. vinandvics.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Finnish country tribute band Steve’n’ Seagulls plays an early show at DC9 with opening act Great Peacock. 6:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $15.
Friday: Tony-winning Broadway star Frances Ruffelle, best known to American audiences for her role in Les Miserables, brings her latest cabaret show to the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. $50.
Friday: Head to Anacostia to take in two new art exhibitions. At Honfleur Gallery, see “French Doors,” a new collection of large mixed media works by artist Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter; at Vivid Solutions Gallery, check out Alexandra Chiou‘s “Primordial Planes,” a series of collages inspired by National Geographic studies. Noon at 1231 and 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
Saturday: Throughout his tenure at The Washington Ballet, artistic director Septime Webre has transformed beloved works of literature into artistic narrative ballets. In his final season with the company, Webre’s troupe of dancers will take on another classic tale: William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Choreographer Stephen Mills’ adaptation of the play about the Danish prince brings the action to a contemporary setting. Unlike other ballet adaptations of Shakespeare, which feature elaborate costumes and sweeping music, this one tests the limits of dance and features a soundtrack by Philip Glass. Read more >>> The ballet runs March 23 to April 3 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $32.25–$130. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: Baroque pop act The Family Crest performs at Rock & Roll Hotel with local indie-folk ensemble Wylder. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15–$17.
Saturday: Keith Allison, a member of comedy collective The State, brings his popular podcast, RISK, to the Howard Theatre for a live recording. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $20.
Sunday: In the battle for expensive land development, nothing is sacred. In D.C., those places could be old barber shops or schools. In playwright Evald Flisar’s Antigone Now, presented at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Scena Theatre, the mayor of a seaside town wants to dig up a local graveyard and replace it with a golf course and hotel. While sending a bunch of interred remains to a crematorium would be a provocative plan for any politician, the mayor’s niece further complicates his plan by refusing to allow the removal of her brother’s body. Read more >>> The play runs March 26 to April 2 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $10–$40. (202) 399-7993. scenatheatre.org. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: New Zealand songwriter Gin Wigmore kicks off an American tour at U Street Music Hall with tour mate and soul artist Matthew Santos. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.
Sunday: Close out the weekend at 9:30 Club with a performance by noisy British band Savages and Brooklyn-based experimental sound artist Angus Tarnawsky. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
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