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Following the success of Teenage Awards Music International—a 1964 concert movie now widely known as the T.A.M.I. Show that features performances by James Brown, The Rolling Stones, and Marvin Gaye—a sequel was inevitable. In The Big T.N.T. Show, produced by Phil Spector, it’s Ike and Tina Turner, The Byrds, Bo Diddley, Ray Charles, The Lovin Spoonful, The Ronettes, and Petula Clark’s turn to provoke the screeching and keep the go-go dancers moving. For the first of four Friday night music-related screenings under the theme “Time Capsule: 1966,” the Library of Congress will show a 35 mm film presentation of this eclectic showcase in the intimate Pickford Theater. Read more >>> The film shows at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5000. loc.gov. (Steve Kiviat)
Chez Le Commis supper club founder Tom Madrecki is swapping fine dining for drunk food at his latest pop-up, Vin & Vic’s. From 4 p.m. today to 2 a.m. tomorrow, Madrecki will takeover the kitchen at Capitol Lounge to serve Chicago-style pizza. And we’re not just talking about deep dish. There will also be Chicago-style thin-crust pizza, which is baked longer and has a cracker-like crust. Other dishes will include salads, pasta, Italian beef, and pork Milanese. Accompany your grub with a $22 pitcher of beer or opt for a $1,000 grower Champagne (no joke). Stay tuned for more Vin & Vic’s pop-ups going forward. Read more on Young & Hungry. Vin & Vic’s at Capitol Lounge, 229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. vinandvics.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Enjoy sets from local comedians while watching some of the year’s most humorous short films at the DC Shorts Laughs showcase, playing Friday and Saturday at the U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $20.
Friday: Get a dose of mid-’90s hip-hop when Bone Thugs-N-Harmony takes the stage at the Howard Theatre with opening acts LX and Dunson & Grant. 9 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $29.50–$65.
Friday: Find out what happens when time travelers enter an airship and explore various psychic phenomena in the multimedia presentation Steampunk Stories at DC Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. at 2438 18th St. NW. $7–$11.
Saturday: Better Gods, the latest commission from the Kennedy Center’s American Opera Initiative, takes the art form to a state Donald Trump does not consider part of the U.S. The opera is set in Honolulu, circa 1891, and recounts the life of Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of Hawaii, who was forced to abdicate her throne during the islands’ American annexation. Composer Luna Pearl Woolf’s narrative works tend to explore dark periods of history, both sonically and through their storylines. For Better Gods, she wrote a score that incorporates native Hawaiian instruments, including the nose flute, Kala’au (warrior sticks made from strawberry guava trees), and `ili`ili (stone castanets), that performers play onstage. Read more >>> The opera runs Jan. 8 to Jan. 9 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Saturday: Masterful bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs performs at the Birchmere with his band, Kentucky Thunder. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $39.50.
Saturday: Combining elements of Latin American dance with modern technique, DC Contemporary Dance Theatre presents a dramatic showcase at Dance Place. 8 p.m. at 3225 8th St. NE. $15–$30.
Sunday: Learning to embrace the moment and relax a little bit is a timeless throughline in literature, but this theme is deployed with particular success inZorba the Greek, the 1964 film based on novelist Nikos Kazantzakis’ book The Saint’s Life of Alexis Zorba. The film has entertained generations of audiences and raked in millions at the box office. This weekend, it screens at the National Gallery of Art as part of a tribute to Anthony Quinn, the joyful actor who played Zorba. Read more >>> The film shows at 4 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, 6th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: Close out the weekend with a show at the Black Cat featuring local pop punk act The Combs, along with Plrls and Passing Phases. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
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