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If you’re looking for the history of John Coltrane in D.C., you might wander down U Street NW past Bohemian Caverns and other jazz clubs he played when the strip was known as Black Broadway. But instead of going to see his saxophone in the Smithsonian, head to the American Dance Institute in Rockville, where Brooklyn-based dance company Urban Bush Women brings to the stage part of a trilogy of works inspired by the late musician. Choreographed by founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and company dancer Samantha Speis, Walking with Trane, Chapter 2 pairs an original score by pianist George Caldwell with contemporary choreography that incorporates the spinning, flexing, stretching, clasped-hands partner swinging of classic jazz dance. Read more >>> Urban Bush Women performs Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson St., Rockville. $16.25–$41.25. (855) 263-2623. americandance.org. (Emily Walz)
It’s crawfish season down south, and Cajun-Creole restaurant Acadiana will host its first of two all-you-can-eat crawfish boils this Saturday. The crustaceans will be accompanied by steamed Gulf shrimp, house-made Andouille sausage, gumbo, corn on the cob, fruit hand pies, and pralines. Zydeco and jazz bands will provide the entertainment, and Louisiana’s Abita beers will be on hand. The event goes from 2 to 5 p.m. and tickets are $65. A full cash bar is also available with French Quarter-style cocktails. Acadiana, 901 New York Ave NW. (202) 408-8848. acadianarestaurant.com. (James Constant)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Quotidian Theatre Company begins performances of Peter Shaffer‘s Lettice and Lovage, the story of a historical tour guide who finds herself in hot water when her factual embellishments are discovered. 8 p.m. at 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $15–$30.
Friday: Comedian, 30 Rock costar, and area native Judah Friedlander returns to the DC Improv for a weekend of performances. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $17.
Friday: Nigerien band Tal National performs a lively show at Tropicalia, while DJ Farrah Yalla! selects all-vinyl sets throughout the night. Find more details on Facebook. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $15–$18.
Saturday: The Jazz Age as F. Scott Fitzgerald remembered it might be long gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t recreate a version of it. If you’ve had a bit of trouble channeling those smoky Parisian café vibes, glean some inspiration from the Hot Sardines, an ensemble of 1920s and 1930s jazz enthusiasts. Whether the ensemble plays “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” or “Petite Fleur,” the influences of jazz masters Django Reinhardt and Fats Waller are evident. Read more >>> The Hot Sardines perform at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $20. (202) 785-9727. washingtonperformingarts.org. (Jordan-Marie Smith)
Saturday: Indie rockers Blitzen Trapper bring their Neil Young-influenced act to the Black Cat for a performance with Spirit Family Reunion. 9 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $20.
Saturday: The InSeries presents an intimate salon-style concert of music by Wagner and Liszt, featuring vocalists Peter Burroughs and Debra Lawrence, at Casa Italiana. 8 p.m. at 595 1/2 3rd St. NW. $16–$35.
Sunday: For the past 15 years, Michelle Blackwell has sung with go-go bands like Northeast Groovers, EU, What? Band, Suttle Thoughts, and Chocolate City. Now, eager to create a product that celebrates all aspects of her artistic being, Blackwell will record her show at the Howard for a live album and DVD with a core band including members of the What? Band and Chocolate City, plus special guests, like percussionist Go-Go Mickey Freeman and vocalist Gene Pratt of Suttle Thoughts and the Junk Yard Band. Read more >>> Michelle Blackwell performs with Go-Go Mickey, Cal Da Animal, Lysette, Gene Pratt, RappaDude and the Misfitz at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $20–$45. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Sunday: Former Concrete Blonde lead singer Johnette Napolitano closes out the weekend with a show at Gypsy Sally’s featuring opening act Laurie Sargent. 8 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $25–$35.
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