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Black sand beaches, lush natural pools against mountainous backdrops, and the midnight sun: Iceland is a land like no other. In order to understand how this volcanic, otherworldly island has remained mostly untouched, it’s best to see the nation up close, and capturing Iceland’s breathtaking but alien landscape is a task for an artist who understands nature on an holistic level. Naturalist and photographer Feo Pitcairn’s “Primordial Landscapes,” the latest photography exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History, takes viewers on a spellbinding trip to a paradise of ice, water, and green hills. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History, 1000 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 633-1000. mnh.si.edu. (Jordan-Marie Smith)
Cashion’s Eat Place is hosting a pop-up Rickey Bar throughout July in honor of Rickey Month. Three staff members have each created their own version of the drink, which requires bourbon or gin, lime, and soda. One of the variations uses Normandy sparkling cider and a tincture made of blackberries, hyssop, and chervil in grain alcohol and organic apple cider. Another uses fresh mint and a blueberry shrub. All the rickeys are $10 each or $12 for a sampling of all three. Cashion’s Eat Place, 1819 Columbia Road NW. (202) 797-1819. cashionseatplace.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Thursday: Mexican songwriter Ximena Sariñana takes the stage at U Street Music Hall with Dominican pop artist Alex Ferreira. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
Thursday: Freshlyground, the 7-piece funk act whose members hail from South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, performs a lively show at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $25–$60.
Thursday: Nu metal act Powerman 5000 has been around since the early ’90s and, somehow, continues to tour. Tonight, they stop at the 9:30 Club with Soil and 3 Years Hollow. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Friday: Although they were a unified artistic group, the Impressionists each had a specific theme they focused on. Gustave Caillebotte, who displayed his work with the Impressionists despite not being a formal member of the group, focused on capturing working-class people going about their days. Now, the National Gallery of Art has gathered many of his paintings from collections around the world to tell the full story of his career through self-portraits and still lifes, as well as his iconic “Paris Street, Rainy Day.” Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Mondays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Caroline Jones)
Friday: Female funk and soul act SugarBad ends its tour with a performance at Tropicalia. Local R&B quartet the Tara Trinity Project opens the show. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10.
Friday: D.C.-based indie-rock four piece Exit Vehicles has a new album out and to celebrate, the group performs at Rock & Roll Hotel. Two local rock trios, Tone and Rom, also perform. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Saturday: Among the exhibits that captured the public’s attention at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York was a time capsule, not to be opened for 5,000 years, that contained, among other things, a disposable Gillette razor, Camel cigarettes, and a creepy-looking Kewpie doll. In their 1984 film The World of Tomorrow, Tom Johnson, Lance Bird, and John Crowley combine newsreel footage, home movies, and promotional features from the festival to tell its story to audiences born after “the dawn of a new day,” as the fair was schlockily labeled. Read more >>> The film shows at 1 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: Celebrate Independence Day at Capital Fringe’s Trinidad HQ with musical performances by funk band Black Masala and enormous soul act M.H. and his Orchestra and a variety of tunes from DJ Crown Vic. 9 p.m. at 1348 Florida Ave. NE. $10.
Saturday: The Foo Fighters celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band with a massive show at RFK Stadium featuring everyone from go-go band Trouble Funk to ’80s power balladeers Heart. 1 p.m. at 2400 East Capitol St. NE. $78.
Saturday: If you’re dying to see the pop stars of yesteryear, join the masses heading to the National Mall for “A Capitol Fourth,” where Barry Manilow, KC and the Sunshine Band, and ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger perform. 8 p.m. at the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Free.
Sunday: “Soul” is less a style of music than it is a quality. As surely as “head music” refers to cerebral stuff whose complexity is its selling point, soul music is a sound that speaks to you on an intangible level that runs even deeper than the heart. That’s why Akua Allrich, known and celebrated in D.C. (and beyond) for her jazz vocal stylings, nonetheless has a status as a “soul singer” that even the staunchest genre purists can’t question. It makes for a unique artistic vision that’s reflected on her new album, titled—what else?—Soul Singer. Read more >>> Akua Allrich performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Michael J. West)
Sunday: Close out the weekend and recover from your Fourth of July Revelry at the Pinch, where psychedelic band Kuschty Rye Ergot and fuzzed-out rockers hoThread perform. 4 p.m. at 3548 14th St. NW. $5.
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