Christopher Owens had a stellar run fronting the indie-rock duo Girls at the end of the last decade; the band’s fragile love songs and hazy surf-rock textures made it a critical darling and frequent guest on late-night talk shows. As a solo artist, he’s struggled to settle into a comfort zone—2013’s Lysandre and last year’s A New Testament dabbled with baroque ballads and Americana to mixed reviews. However, last month’s surprise release Chrissybaby Forever suggests Owens has emerged from his slump with a warm, winning formula that draws together his prior creative excursions. Chrissybaby Forever is hardly adventurous territory for Owens, but it presents a newfound sense of clarity and purpose that refines his whimsy for the better. Read more >>> Christopher Owens performs with Tomás Pagán Motta at 9 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Dan Singer)
Who says you can’t get a cocktail for less than $10? DC Coast will offer up a 25-cent martinis today with the purchase of any dish at the bar or in the dining room. The offer includes one martini per customer and lasts all day, though gin drinkers should know that the special only includes vodka martinis. Guests can choose from any domestic vodka on the restaurant’s list. DC Coast, 1401 K St. NW. (202) 216-5988. dccoast.com. (Morgan Baskin)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: The National Symphony Orchestra performs the score of Back to the Future over a live projection of the film at Wolf Trap. 8:30 p.m. at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$58.
Friday: Bring your pops to the Hamilton for Like Your Dad Did, a showcase of local fathers who play music with their children. 8:30 p.m. at 1600 14th St. NW. $25-$30.
Saturday: Since her stint hosting Fashion Police came to a sudden end, Kathy Griffin is returning to her stand-up roots. Her 50-city tour features all new material, so when she stops at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and potentially declasses the joint, expect riffs on the latest celebrity scandals, from Kylie Jenner’s lips to the latest Duggar family drama. If political correctness threatens to kill comedy, Griffin is the one to bring it back from the dead. Read more >>> Kathy Griffin performs at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $49–$99. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Diana Metzger)
Saturday: Argentine singer Leo Dan will play hits from his many decades of international stardom at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $50-$99.
Sunday: What’s your favorite thing to do in Rock Creek Park? Do you like to bike, or jog, or ride horses? Forty years ago, D.C. R&B group the Blackbyrds suggested that the park’s greatest pleasures are to be had after sunset. “Doin’ it in the park, doin’ it after dark, oh, yeah, Rock Creek Park” are the only lyrics to the group’s classic six-and-a-half minute funk track. The group formed at Howard University in 1973 under the guidance of legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd, who taught music and earned his law degree there. Now, two years after Byrd’s death, his former students are coming home to play a Father’s Day celebration at the Lincoln Theatre. Read more >>> The Blackbyrds and Tom Browne perform with In Gratitude at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $50–$60. (202) 888-0050. thelincolndc.com. (Anya van Wagtendonk)
Sunday: Local musician/philosopher Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid) will pay tribute to pioneering video artist Nam June Paik with a performance featuring “topless cellist” Charlotte Moorman at the Freer Gallery of Art. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 5 p.m. at Jefferson Drive at 12th St SW. Free.
Sunday: The punk darlings of Against Me! come to the Fillmore Silver Spring with Frank Iero And The Cellabration (formerly of My Chemical Romance) and San Francisco-based dream-rock band Annie Girl & The Flight. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $22-$30.
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