Last summer’s self-titled EP put Northampton, Mass.–based rock trio Potty Mouth back in the ears and collective consciousness of fans who have eagerly waited for new music since the band released its first full-length album, Hell Bent, in 2013. Standout tracks on this record include “Cherry Picking,” which highlights distorted guitars and muted, choppy vocals with coy yet fitting chants of “fresh, sweet, cool, sleek” on repeat. Catchy songs about gender, Internet humor, and more elusive topics like “Creeper Weed” draw the interest of even casual listeners. Read more >>> Potty Mouth performs with Stove and Bleary Eyed at 7 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Quinn Myers)
Starting this weekend, two veteran D.C. bartenders launch a nine-week drink-making class in which they will recreate 101 cocktails from the Annual Manual for Bartenders 2011. Jamie MacBain and Jo-Jo Valenzuela, who head the D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild, will teach the program’s 18 classes, which will be held on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. at McClellan’s Retreat in Dupont Circle. The classes run for $80 per session, $140 for two-class weekend session, or $900 for the full nine weeks. Get more info and buy tickets here. McClellan’s Retreat, 2031 Florida Ave NW. mcclellansretreat.com/. (Quinn Myers)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: After his February gig got rescheduled, R&B artist The-Dream performs at the Howard Theatre with opening acts Abir and Ro James. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $25–$100.
Friday: Arena Stage begins performances of The Lion, playwright Benjamin Scheuer‘s one-man show about the power music had in helping him make his way through life. 8 p.m. at 1101 6th St. SW. $45–$55.
Friday: Broadway stars Darren Criss and Betsy Wolfe perform their favorite showtunes with the NSO Pops at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $25–$99.
Saturday: Dinosaur Jr.’s distinct sound—J Mascis’ mumble-singing layered over walls of fuzzed-out guitar distortion—is often imitated but rarely replicated. But if there’s one band that damn near pulls it off, it’s LVL UP. The Brooklyn quartet certainly sound like it was cooked up in a ’90s slacker-rock lab but these songs transcend the band’s obvious and unabashed influences. That’s because there are three chefs working on LVL UP’s burners: guitarists Dave Benton and Mike Caridi, and bassist Nick Corbo each contribute their own distinct songwriting. Read more >>> LVL UP performs with Bad Moves and Princess Reason at 10 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com. (Matt Cohen)
Saturday: Experimental pop artist Emmy the Great takes the stage at DC9 with Takoma Park-based opening act Moonlight Mask. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.
Saturday: Choreographer Jonah Bokaer collaborates with Brooklyn-based design collective Snarkitecture (the people behind the National Building Museum’s BEACH) on “Why Recess,” a piece that incorporates dozens of ping pong balls. He presents it at Rockville’s American Dance Institute this weekend. 8 p.m. at 1570 East Jefferson St., Rockville. $15–$30.
Sunday: In 1955, Baltimore-based R&B singer Sonny Til recruited D.C. vocalist Diz Russell and his outfit The Regals to become his backing group, aptly called The Orioles. For five years Russell and his colleagues harmonized and crooned behind Til in a doo-wop and early rock ’n’ roll sound. Now 81, Russell and the current version of The Legendary Orioles still blend their vocals suavely on the group’s signature ballads like “Cryin’ in the Chapel” and “It’s Too Soon to Know.” Read more >>> The Legendary Orioles perform with Ron “Posie” Miles at 5 p.m. at Mr. Henry’s, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $22–$25. (202) 546-8412. mrhenrysdc.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Sunday: Members of the Turkish rock group Moğollar pay tribute to the late musician Cem Karaca at Bossa Bistro. Find more details on Facebook. 8 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. $25–$35.
Sunday: Happenstance Theatre presents PLAYdate at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, where a group of performers will collaborate on a new play, then present it to an audience in the course of a day. 7 p.m. at 1358 Florida Ave. NE. $10.
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