It doesn’t take a super sleuth to see that Sherlock Holmes is a hot property right now, which explains why the pipe-smoking master detective is back in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Written by Tony-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, the new play turns one of Holmes’ most famous mysteries, The Hound of the Baskervilles, on its head. Instead of a heady whodunit, this production is a fast-paced comedy. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Only the famous Holmes, aided by more than 40 characters, can crack the case. Read more >>>The play runs Jan. 16 to Feb. 22 at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. $55–$90. (202) 554-9066. arenastage.org. (Tim Regan)
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Friday: Resident artists from Pleasant Plains Workshop display a series of prints at Upshur Street Books to kick off the bookstore’s “Print Exchange” exhibition. View the prints, purchase copies, and enjoy in-store discounts tonight. 7 p.m. at 827 Upshur St. NW. Free.
Friday: Louisiana rock band Cowboy Mouth performs at 9:30 Club with Baltimore-based funk act All Mighty Senators. 6:30 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Friday: Local jangle-pop duo French Admirals kicks off its first tour at Rock & Roll Hotel. Exit Vehicles, Feral Conservatives, and Oppo also perform. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Saturday: Lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe definitely loved makeovers. In classic musicals like My Fair Lady, the pair told romantic and comedic stories about what happens when wealthy men facilitate Queer Eye for the Straight Guy-style transformations for lower-class or just-plain-crass women. In Gigi, one such rich dude realizes that the young tomboy and courtesan-in-training whose family he visits for kicks might actually be the lady of his dreams. The Kennedy Center aims to revive the musical by hosting an out-of-town trial for a new Gigi adaptation before it opens on Broadway, with an updated book by TV writer Heidi Thomas and direction by Signature Theatre’s Eric Schaeffer (and starring ex-Disney star Vanessa Hudgens). Read more >>> The musical runs Jan. 16 to Feb. 12 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $45–$145. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Saturday: While its theater undergoes major renovations, Keegan Theatre presents a reading of John Strand‘s Orchestration—-the story of a D.C. couple whose relationship goes through a series of ups and downs leading up to the invasion of Iraq—-at Politics & Prose. 8 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Saturday: Positive Force hosts a benefit concert to promote net neutrality at St. Stephen’s, featuring the Max Levine Ensemble, Radiator Hospital, the Rememberables, and Black Sparks. Find more details on Facebook. 7 p.m. at 1525 Newton St. NW. $5–$15.
Sunday: Despite hailing from opposite coasts, rappers YG and A$AP Ferg are bound by eccentricity. From his look to his sound, Compton, Calif., native YG is a throwback to the West Coast hip-hop of the early 1990s. At once rugged and flamboyant, Harlem-bred A$AP Ferg flexes an inviting charisma. Like YG, his appeal lies in delivery and cadence, which helped make “Work” an unexpected hit in 2012. Read more >>> A$AP Ferg and YG perform with Mathias at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $29.50. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Julian Kimble)
Sunday: The DC Public Library and the Black Cat join together to screen The Internet’s Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger‘s documentary about the life and death of online activist Aaron Swartz, as part of the DCPL’s “Orwellian America” program. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. Free.
Sunday: Go-go acts Trouble Funk and Rare Essence reunite for the first time in years and close out the weekend with a performance at the Howard Theatre. 10 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $26.50–$49.50.
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