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Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus is big on myths and even grander in spectacle. Taking Eurydice and Orpheus out of ancient Greece and placing them in Rio de Janeiro earned the director both praise and criticism, but Camus’ oversimplification of black Brazilians and life in Rio’s favelas has drawn major scrutiny. Even President Barack Obama, whose mother counted the film among her favorites, chastised it in Dreams from My Father for its “depiction of the childlike blacks.” The film’s vibrant colors, rich score, and Carnaval backdrop make it an intriguing watch, especially at this topical time, but if Black Orpheus’ cinematography doesn’t appeal to you, it might be worth checking out to understand why POTUS has a few issues with one of Camus’ greatest accomplishments. Read more >>> The film shows at 7 p.m. at the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Jordan-Marie Smith)
Eat the Rich has launched a new happy hour focusing on all things local. From 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, guests can get $1 Rappahannock River Oysters and $7 highballs and cocktails using local spirits from New Columbia Distillers, Catoctin Creek, One Eight Distilling, and James River Distillery. For $5, there are also beers from Port City and Union Brewing Company plus Virginia wine. Eat the Rich, 1839 7th St. NW. (202) 316-9396. etrbar.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Noisy Brooklyn-based rock trio A Place to Bury Strangers performs at Rock & Roll Hotel with Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Multicult. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12–$15.
Friday: Local hip-hop artists Sean Born and Dunc celebrate the vinyl release of their collaboration, Organic, at Comet Ping Pong with Diamond District‘s Uptown XO and Toine of DTMD. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Friday and Saturday: Check out the best films to come through the DC Shorts Film Festival at DC Shorts Wins!, a program showing the winning films from the 2014 festival. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the U.S. Naval Memorial Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $15–$25.
Saturday: No matter the era, Amel Larrieux’s music always seems to fit. The New York City-bred singer first found popularity during the mid-’90s as one-half of the R&B duo Groove Theory. But Larrieux certainly isn’t living on the strength of her early work. Her most recent album, 2013’s Ice Cream Everyday, is a layered mix of everything that’s helped carry her career through two decades. Read more >>> Amel Larrieux performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35–$70. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Julian Kimble)
Saturday: Zydeco artist C.J. Chenier brings his lively group, the Red Hot Louisiana Band, to Artisphere. Stop by before the performance for a dance lesson from D.C.’s Dancing by the Bayou. 7:30 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $20.
Sunday: In her book Bossypants, Tina Fey recounts the time she and Amy Poehler spent touring the Midwest with a company of improvisers from the Second City comedy troupe. After a few years on the road, Poehler went on to found the Upright Citizens Brigade and made it so successful that it, too, spawned a touring company, which shows up at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Sunday. What remains the same is the comedy: full of irreverent bits from a half-dozen young jokesters that land a little differently each night. Read more >>> The Upright Citizens Brigade performs at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $20–$25. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: Bluegrass rock act the Punch Brothers have already sold out two nights at the 9:30 Club but tickets remain for their Sunday night show at the 9:30 Club. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $38.
Sunday: Folk musicians Marian McLaughlin and Ethan Foote perform an intimate show sponsored by the University of Maryland’s School of Music at Busboys and Poets Hyattsville. 7 p.m. at 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville. Free.
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