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Graffiti may have gone mainstream long ago, but graffiti historian Roger Gastman still prefers the term “vandalism” to the nice society euphemism “street art.” Gastman’s own career parallels that of the culture he curates in books, movies, and museum exhibits: The Bethesda native started writing on walls at a time of overlap between the graffiti scene and the hardcore and go-go music scenes, then began documenting those intersections with the much loved, Vice-before-Vice local zine While You Were Sleeping. His latest project, Wall Writers, looks back to the origins of graffiti in the late ’60s and early ’70s, well before anyone called it art or dreamed of making a living off of it. Read more >>> The film shows at 7:30 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $13. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Mike Paarlberg)
The Black Squirrel is celebrating stouts, Star Wars-style, with a “shadowy suds from the dark side” event beginning at 2 p.m. today. Aspiring to be the “Mos Eisley Cantina of Adams Morgan,” the bar will offer 18 stouts, including 4 Hands Chocolate Stout, Evil Genius I’ll Have What She’s Having Chocolate Hazelnut Imperial Stout, and Port City Revival Imperial Stout. Chef Greg Nibbelink is also cooking up Aunt Beru’s Tattoine stout dip, C-3Po’Boys, and Kylo Ren stout brownies a la mode. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and get 10 percent off. The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW. (202) 232-1011. blacksquirreldc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Actress Amber Tamblyn reads from her third collection of poetry, Dark Sparkler, at Busboys and Poets Brookland. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 6:30 p.m. at 625 Monroe St. NE. Free.
Friday: New Orleans-based guitarist Anders Osbourne performs at 9:30 Club with opening act Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
Friday: Southern rock act Seratones takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel with Brooklyn-based synth-pop act Spirit Animal. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Saturday: In the mid-’90s, you couldn’t escape comedian Paul Reiser. Though he’s not as ubiquitous as he was two decades ago, Reiser continues to appear in select works, including Behind the Candelabra and Curb Your Enthusiasm, causing audiences to remark, “Hey, I always liked that guy.” Because everything old is apparently new again, Reiser is returning to his stand-up roots and performing shows around the country. Read more >>> Paul Reiser performs at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35–$45. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: Mosaic Theater Company presents Eretz Chadasha, a documentary-style play about Sudanese immigrants to Israel, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s Melton Rehearsal Hall. 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. 641 D St. NW. $20–$50.
Saturday: Folk duo Deer Creek performs an intimate set at the Black Cat Backstage with Uptown Boys Choir and The Junior League Band. 9 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Sunday: A haughty St. Petersburg dandy, weary of vacuous parties and frivolous balls, descends into ennui in Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. Written in iambic tetrameter, Pushkin’s “novel in verse” lends itself to musical adaptations. Tchaikovsky’s 1879 opera closely adhered to the poetry of the original. When Dmitri Tcherniakov deviated from the classic in a 2006 restaging, filled with plot adjustments and reinvented scenes, he caused a stir in the opera world. Despite his unconventional approach, many have lauded Tcherniakov’s Onegin as a truthful rendition that brings existential turmoil to the story’s surface. Read more >>> The film (of an Opera Garnier performance) shows at 4 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Victoria Gaffney)
Sunday: House music maestro Claptone heads downtown for a set at Soundcheck. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 10 p.m. at 1420 K St. NW. $15.
Sunday: Close out the weekend with an Americana double bill at The Hamilton, featuring The Steel Wheels and Mipso. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $17–$25.50.
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