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Some veteran acts tour every few years with a greatest-hits package, but Brazilian singer/guitarist Gilberto Gil prefers to change things up on each trip around the world. On his current tour, Gil highlights a mostly acoustic effort from 2014, Gilbertos Samba, a tribute to bossa nova creator João Gilberto. While the album is filled with Gil’s pretty vocal melodies and emotive guitar, this legendary participant in Brazil’s radical Tropicália movement of the late ’60s and early ’70s sneaks in some revolutionary elements, befitting a guy once jailed by Brazil’s former military government. Read more >>> Gilberto Gil performs at 8 p.m. at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. $45–$75. (202) 994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu. (Steve Kiviat)


The owners of Napoleon Bistro & Lounge have converted the Adams Morgan restaurant into Lapis Afghan Bistro, an homage to their native country. The restaurant features a range of hearty soups, salads, stuffed flatbreads, and traditional Afghan dumplings topped with split pea tomato sauce, yogurt, and dry mint. You’ll also find stews, kebabs, rice, and plenty of vegetarian dishes. Cocktails have Afghan-inspired names and flavors like orange blossom and cardamom. Read more about the restaurant on Young & Hungry. Lapis, 1847 Columbia Road NW. (202) 299-9630. lapisdc.com(Jessica Sidman)


Friday: Arena Stage begins performances of resident playwright Katori Hall‘s The Blood Quilt. The play follows four estranged sisters who come together to create a quilt in remembrance of their deceased mother. 8 p.m. at 1101 6th St. SW. $90.

Friday: Local rock quartet Dot Dash celebrates the release of its latest album, Earthquakes and Tidal Waves, with a performance at Comet Ping Pong featuring Jake Starr & the Delicious Fullness and the Combs. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.

Friday: Puerto Rican musicians Plena Libre perform traditional music in three- and four-part harmonies from the island at Artisphere. 8 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $20–$35.

Saturday: Does it seem like all your female friends are attending prenatal yoga classes or can only talk about ergonomic baby carriers? Essayist Meghan Daum is here for you. Few people who choose not to have children would relish being labeled shallow or self-absorbed, but that’s exactly what Daum leaned into when she brought together several boldfaced authors to write essays on the topic of not having children in Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids. When Daum discusses the book at Politics & Prose, expect a candid conversation; in her previous collection, The Unspeakable, she wrote about topics that women are hesitant to bring up, even during ladies’ night gossip. Read more >>> Meghan Daum reads at 6 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com(Diana Metzger)

Saturday: Capital Fringe hosts an intimate concert at its new headquarters on Florida Avenue NE with sets by Beech Creeps and Heavy Breathing. Find more details on Facebook. 8:30 p.m. at 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Free.

Saturday: Argentina-born vocalist Tei Shi brings her unique pop sensibilities to DC9. D.C.-based pop performers Pleasure Curses and Champagne Fever open the show. 9:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

Sunday: Canadian comedian Ophira Eisenberg has a name perfect for public radio, packed with vowels and syllables that roll cleanly off the tongue. It suits her role as host of NPR’s weekly trivia show Ask Me Another perfectly. When she comes to the Kennedy Center, expect riffs on marriage, relationships, and why having an unusual name makes it hard to meet people at parties. Read more >>> Ophira Eisenberg performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.

Sunday: Story League invites competitors to tell their funniest stories for a chance to win $500 at its latest show and has moved the action to an appropriately comedic location: the DC Improv. 8 p.m. at 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15.

Sunday: Christylez Bacon presents another version of his Washington Sound Machine project at Atlas Performing Arts Center. This time, he teams up with Brazilian vocalist Cissa Paz and harmonica player Pablo Fagundes.

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