Meek Mill raps at the decibel level of someone aggressively bashing down a remote control’s volume increase button. But the Philadelphia native’s amplified sound isn’t born of anger—it’s just his emotional intensity. On more than one occasion, his career has been delayed due to legal issues (he just got out of jail in December), so Mill rhymes as if every bar might be his last. Thankfully, his court-mandated etiquette classes haven’t dulled his fiery delivery. Echostage is a huge venue, but Mill’s voice—and passion—will easily fill the building to its breaking point. Read more >>> Meek Mill performs with Lil Tay and Uptown Killa at 9 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $36.80–$60. (202) 503-2330. echostage.com. (Julian Kimble)
In honor of faux-holiday National Paella Day, all three Jaleo locations are offering individual portions of their signature paella Valenciana for $6 a plate. The dish is typically only available as a large format dish. At the Crystal City Jaleo, there will be an outdoor paella cooking demo, with complimentary plates during the day until 4 p.m. (After that, it’s $6.) Jaleo, multiple locations, jaleo.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Jazz artist Leni Stern, who’s been compared to Marlene Dietrich and Billie Holiday, performs at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Before the show, enjoy a vinyl set from DJ Crown Vic. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $22–$28.
Friday: Author T.C. Boyle, known for his fictional accounts of the lives of famous figures, discusses his work and previews his new novel, The Harder They Come, at the Folger Shakespeare Library. 7:30 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15.
Friday: Now that the seasons have officially changed, artist Matt Collis‘ new exhibition, “Eternal Spring,” feels appropriately timed. His large canvases decorated with hundreds of fake flower petals are on view at the Anacostia Arts Center starting tonight. 6 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
Saturday: R&B singer Keyshia Cole has been in the news lately, but it’s her personal life, not her forthcoming album, that’s got the rumor mill spinning. But now, the Oakland-raised Cole, who is currently without a label, is bringing it back to her talent on tour—and as dramatic as her real life appears, her voice imparts the turmoil with earthy soulfulness, hip-hop swagger, and a light, catchy pop sensibility. Read more >>> Keyshia Cole performs at 10 p.m. at Bliss Nightclub, 2122 24th Place NE. $20–$40. (202) 808-8600. blissdc.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Saturday: Dancer David Neumann considers how close we are to dying and how trauma affects our lives in his new piece, I Understand Everything Better, which premieres at the American Dance Institute this weekend. 8 p.m. at 1570 East Jefferson St., Rockville. $16.25–$31.25.
Saturday: Synth-rock act Incredible Change performs an early show at DC9 with Joseph and the Beasts and Jaguar Club. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.
Sunday: One part video game, one part art composition, and one part narrative film, filmmaker Chris Marker’s Level Five tells the story of the Battle of Okinawa through the guise of virtual reality. The film focuses on Laura, a woman trying to complete her lost lover’s video-game version of the World War II battle. You don’t see any other characters, though—just loops of footage of Japanese cultural ceremonies, obscure films, and early versions of the web. Read more >>> The film shows at 4 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: Guitarist Joel Harrison, a D.C. native and Guggenheim Fellow, performs music from his latest album, Mother Stump, at Bohemian Caverns. Before the show, read an interview with Harrison on Arts Desk. 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at 2001 11th St. NW. $15–$20.
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