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Some people insist abortion is no laughing matter, so those folks probably don’t know how well humor can mobilize the masses. But just look at The Daily Show’s ability to start important conversations while also delivering killer one-liners. That show’s co-creator Lizz Winstead is also the creative voice behind Lady Parts Justice, an organization that encourages comedians and writers to raise their voices and speak about contemporary threats to reproductive rights. Winstead and a troupe of fierce women bring their cause to the live stage in their storytelling and truth-telling show Postcards from the Vag. Read more >>> The event begins at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10–$15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Diana Metzger)
Food truck Arepa Zone will open a stall inside Union Market this weekend. The Venezuelan eatery will serve more than a dozen arepas like the Sifrina with chicken salad, avocado, and shredded cheddar as well as the Canosa with shredded beef and queso fresco. Other offerings include quesadilla-like sweet corn crepes called cachapas and gourmet cheese sticks called tequenos served with a garlic-cilantro dipping sauce. Prices for arepas range from $6 to $8.50, and the first 25 guests on Saturday will receive free tequenos. Arepa Zone 1309 5th St. NE. arepazone.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Reel Affirmations, D.C.’s celebration of LGBTQ films, opens tonight at GALA Hispanic Theatre with a screening of the South African film While You Weren’t Looking. Films continue to show at GALA through Sunday. 7 p.m. at 3333 14th St. NW. $10–$25.
Friday: Local podcast the Circus Life, a celebration of stories and live music, celebrates its two-year anniversary this weekend with a show at 9:30 Club featuring performances by Alex Vans and the Hide Away, Margot MacDonald, Justin Trawick and the Common Good, and many others. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $15.
Friday: Local indie dance-pop act Incredible Change has released its first album, an achievement they honor tonight with a show at Tropicalia. They’re joined on stage by fellow local bands Stronger Sex and Motion Lines. Find more details on Facebook. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10.
Saturday: There is perhaps no other hip-hop artist working today who is both as self-aware and as self-deprecating as Sage Francis. The 38-year-old is a masterful, brutally honest lyricist whose heated-yet-poignant screeds are just as likely to tackle personal demons as societal ills. After becoming a highly decorated emcee battle veteran and a regular on the poetry slam circuit, Francis went on to become one of the highest-selling indie hip-hop artists of the genre. Read more >>> Sage Francis performs with Seez Mics at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Amrita Khalid)
Saturday: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, the Cuban group that keeps the island’s musical traditions alive and was the subject of an acclaimed documentary, appears at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center as it tours for the final time. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$50.
Saturday: Chance the Rapper, RL Grime, Cashmere Cat, and many others head to Merriweather Post Pavilion to take part in the fourth annual Trillectro hip-hop festival. 12:30 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $58–135.
Sunday: Should you be one of the lucky people not moving boxes this weekend, you’re entitled to a day of relaxation. The D.C. Jewish Community Center has anticipated your need and lined up a selection of classic films by Jewish directors and, as an added bonus, none of their names rhyme with Shmoody Pallin’. You might be able to recreate this experience from your bed using Netflix, but these films are even better when you watch with a group of chosen people. Read more >>> The films screen beginning at noon at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $13–$25. (202) 518-9400. washingtondcjcc.org. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: Comedian Ron Funches, known for his co-starring role on NBC’s Undateable and his winning streak on Comedy Central’s @midnight, headlines the DC Improv for the first time. 8 p.m. at 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20.
Sunday: San Francisco-based pop singer Nicki Bluhm closes out the weekend with her band, the Gramblers, at the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $18–$28.
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