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Mississippi-born singer and guitarist Johnny Rawls is a relentless road warrior who has performed bluesy soul and gospel songs around the nation since the late 1960s. He’s never had a crossover hit, but Rawls impressed old-school R&B connoisseurs as vocalist O.V. Wright’s bandleader in the 1970s and with a series of albums released both under his own name and with collaborators. Possessing a gritty yet passionate voice, Rawls masters both funky, upbeat Stax-rooted tracks and drown-in-your-whiskey-glass ballads, transcending traditional bar band formulas. Read more >>> Johnny Rawls performs at 10 p.m. at Madam’s Organ, 2461 18th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-5370. madamsorgan.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Top Chef buddies Mike Isabella and Jennifer Carroll have opened a pop-up in Mosaic District for their forthcoming French Mediterranean restaurant, Requin. The rotating menu will include small plates like charred and pickled mackerel as well as smoked quail wings. Groups can share larger platters like a shellfish and seafood roast or the 28 oz. cote de boeuf. The 40-bottle wine list leans French, and beers skew Belgian. Take a look at the full menu here. The pop-up will operate through next spring, and the restaurant is eventually slated to open in the southwest Wharf development in mid-2017. Requin, 8296 Glass Alley, Fairfax. requindc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Take an extended lunch break and head to MLK Library for an intimate performance by indie rock band Soccer Team, presented as part of Capital Fringe’s Music in the Libraries series. Noon at 901 G St. NW. Free.
Friday: Pop vocalist Vanessa Carlton is still touring, a dozen years after her anthem A Thousand Miles dominated airwaves. Catch her in town at the Howard Theatre with opening act Joshua Hyslop. 7:30 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $30–$65.
Friday: Fairfax’s Hub Theatre begins performances of Wish List, its collection of holiday songs and stories covering everything from Red Rider B.B. guns to world peace. 8 p.m. at 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax. $20–$30.
Saturday: By most measures, 2015 hasn’t been as kind to Shy Glizzy as 2014 was. It’s a shame, really, because those mixtapes, Be Careful, For Trappers Only, and Peace & Blessings, feature some of his most mature songs yet. Working with producer Zaytoven on For Trappers Only, Glizzy and a slew of impressive guests—including Danny Seth, Boosie, and the late Dex Osama—drop verses about heavy themes like neighborhood turf wars and packing heat just to feel safe. Read more >>> Shy Glizzy performs at 11:30 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $42.50–$60. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Matt Cohen)
Saturday: Classical electric guitarist Marc Ribot provides live accompaniment to a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid at the Trinidad Theatre. 8 p.m. at 1358 Florida Ave. NE. $20.
Saturday: Local rock band Wanted Man releases its first-ever physical recording, a tape, at Rock & Roll Hotel. The group is joined by opening acts The Yawpers and Go Cozy. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Sunday: Emmylou Harris has released 21 solo albums, won 13 Grammy Awards, and racked up countless collaboration credits with musicians ranging from Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan to Bright Eyes and Ryan Adams. Her voice, smooth and pure with just enough twang and wear to make it honest, has carried her through five decades of making music and into a sixth. Harris’ performance in D.C. will be a homecoming of sorts: Harris met her long-time friend and collaborator Rodney Crowell while she was living and playing shows near Dupont Circle in the early ’70s. Read more >>> Emmylou Harris performs with Rodney Crowell and Rickie Simpkin at 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $90–$250. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com. (Justin Weber)
Sunday: The National Gallery of Art opens its latest exhibition, “Power and Pathos,” which features bronze sculptures found throughout the Hellenistic world. 11 a.m. at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
Sunday: Argentine chamber ensemble QuinTango close out the weekend with a performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Dance lessons from Susan Reynolds and Constantino Bastidas begin one hour before the show. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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