There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Michael Ian Black may be one of the most prolific comedians working today. It’s been two decades since he appeared as a regular on MTV’s sketch show The State; since then, he’s tried his hand at screenwriting (2007’s Run, Fat Boy, Run), pop culture commentary (VH1’s I Love The…series), podcasts, and books (including America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom, which he co-wrote with Meghan McCain). Black’s standup act, meanwhile, is a showcase for his more absurd musings and solo theatrics; in his 2011 special Very Famous, he transformed a standard riff on air travel into a bit full of accents, physicality, and uncomfortable silences. Read more >>> Michael Ian Black performs at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $25. (703) 486-2345. arlingtondrafthouse.com. (Dan Singer)
Chef Nick Stefanelli’s new upscale Italian restaurant, Masseria, has an unexpected guest chef this weekend. Zeke Emanuel, former health care advisor to President Barack Obama, will be taking over the kitchen for a breakfast pop-up from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25-26 and Aug. 1-2. The menu will feature dishes like blueberry pancakes, duck bacon, and quail-egg omelettes for “diner prices.” Read more on Young & Hungry. Masseria, 1430 4th St. NE. (202) 608-5959. masseria-dc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Learn about the origins of artist Christo‘s large-scale wrapping projects and why he had to flee his native Bulgaria in the stirring documentary Christo in Paris, screening this afternoon at the National Gallery of Art. 2 p.m. at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
Friday: Louisiana-bred rock band Cowboy Mouth, most famous for its late-’90s hit “Jenny Says,” takes the stage at the 9:30 Club with Baltimore alt-rock act the Last Year. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Friday: Davido, the Nigerian pop star who was just named top male performer at the MTV Africa Awards, comes stateside and performs at Bliss DC. 10 p.m. at 2122 24th Place NE. $20–$40.
Saturday: Any band that uses pedal steel, banjo, and extended instrumental interludes can label its music as “roots,” but few harken back to the early American music from which roots music derives. Local country swing act the Bumper Jacksons fully commit to the old-timey vibe during their live shows, beating on boxes and blowing on clarinets and trombone kazoos to create the ambiance of a lively New Orleans music hall. Read more >>> The Bumper Jacksons perform with Junior League Band at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $20. (703) 549-7500. birchmere.com. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: Positive Force DC presents the D.C. premiere of I Need a Dodge: Joe Strummer on the Run, a new documentary about the Clash singer’s musical rebirth during a trip to Spain, at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church. 7 p.m. at 1525 Newton St. NW. $5–$10.
Saturday: In celebration of National Dance Day, the Kennedy Center hosts a variety of dance classes, as well as performances by AXIS Dance Company and tap dancer Baakari Wilder. 4:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Sunday: You can call it Americana if you want, but the work of Jason Isbell is the music that modern country radio abandoned in favor of bro culture, chicks in short shorts, and drinking some of that “good stuff.” Long past his Drive-By Truckers days, Isbell channels strong feelings about life and love through vivid characters. Who else among his country contemporaries is writing songs about living double lives or wrestling with sobriety? Read more >>> Jason Isbell performs with My Morning Jacket at 7 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $40–$55. (410) 715-5550. merriweathermusic.com. (Steve Cavendish)
Sunday: Electronic rock act Memory Tapes plays DC9 with indie-pop performers Computer Magic and School Dance. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12.
Sunday: The Capital Fringe Festival gives out its closing night awards and hosts a giant dance party at the Logan Fringe Arts Space with music by Afrolachian Connection, Plank Stompers, and the Bitter Dose Combo. Find more details on Facebook. 9:30 p.m. at 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Free.
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