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During Capital Pride, you’ll see fit and flexible people baring all kinds of skin. And this year, a team of aerialists from Sweet Spot Aerial Productions celebrates Pride with an emotional coming-out story that takes place in midair. In Where I Belong: Finding Myself Under a Big Top, a man comes to in the afterlife surrounded by the sinners he once thought should go straight to hell. But as he explores his new space, where circus performers freely roam, he begins to question those previous thoughts and expectations about gender, hatred, and love. Read more >>> The performance runs June 5 to June 6 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $29.99. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org. (Caroline Jones)
Head to Adams Morgan’s the Black Squirrel for a dozen brews from three Baltimore breweries—Brewer’s Art, Oliver Breweries, and Union Craft Brewing—available at noon on the main floor and picking up at 5 p.m. in the Tap Room. Some highlights include a sour cherry ale, a chocolate stout, and the “Don’t Fear the Creeper” vanilla porter. The festivities include a free live band, Vim and Vigor, starting at 8 p.m. and Baltimore grub like soft-shell crab sandwiches and crab cake platters. Find more weekend beer events on Young & Hungry. The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St NW. (202) 232-1011. blacksquirreldc.com. (Josh Solomon)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Indie-rock band Calexico, which incorporates Tex-Mex and Americana elements into its original music, performs at 9:30 Club in support of its latest album, Edge of the Sun. 9:30 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Friday: Kick off your Pride celebration and head to 9:30 Club early, where SpeakeasyDC presents “Out/Spoken,” its fourth annual celebration of stories about being queer. 6 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Friday: Cross MacKenzie Gallery hosts an opening reception for “New Talent,” its latest exhibition that showcases work by emerging artists Louise Smith, Maida Monaghan, Nicole Gunning, and Cooper MacKenzie. 6:30 p.m. at 1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free.
Saturday: Inspired by the avant-garde guitar orchestras of Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca, guitarist and composer Andras Fekete decided in 2011 to present a massive, annual guitar ensemble benefit as a way for local musicians to work together toward a positive goal. His second such event in D.C. is called “Boat Burning: Music for 70 Guitars.” Fekete now leads a seven-piece math-rock act called Boat Burning and it, along with dozens of local musicians and student performers from School Without Walls, will raise funds for music programs at the School Without Walls campuses in Northwest and Randle Highlands Elementary School in Southeast. Read more >>> The performance begins at 8 p.m. at the School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, 2425 N St. NW. $10. (202) 724-4841. swwfs.org. (Steve Kiviat)
Saturday: Pakistani musician Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, one of the greatest practitioners of the Sufi devotional music Qawwali and a regular contributor to Bollywood soundtracks, performs at DAR Constitution Hall. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 8 p.m. at 18th and C streets NW. $37–$297.
Saturday: Artisphere hosts its final concert, a performance by Stooges Brass Band and local funk act Black Masala. Rumor has it the arts center will also be visited by Our Lady of the Vanishing Arts, also known as performance artist Carolina Mayorga. 7 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $15.
Sunday: The Our City Festival was created in 2008 as the Our City Film Festival, a showcase of movies centered around D.C. history and culture. This year, the weekend-long event has expanded with literary events and a variety of local music performances by an Ethiopian band, a house-music maker, and a go-go group. The “Our Voices” event, curated by the Free Minds Book Club and Chris Ousley of the band Bumper Jacksons, features formerly incarcerated teen poets, their poet mentor Bomani Armah, and a band led by drummer Kenny “Kwick” Gross of the Chuck Brown Band, along with bassist Daniel Bennett and keyboardist Marcus Young. Read more >>> The performance begins at 3 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free, registration required. (202) 681-1151. ourcityfilmfestival.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Sunday: Georgia-based rock band Algiers performs at the Black Cat Backstage in support of its self-titled debut album. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Sunday: Close out the weekend at DC9 with performances by two emerging rock acts, Magic Giant and City of the Sun. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12.
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