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Based in both Boston and D.C., alt-country sextet Kingsley Flood has cultivated a fanbase up and down the East Coast. That support got the group named Boston’s best live band by the Boston Herald and earned it a spot opening the Newport Folk Festival’s main stage. The band ventured into western Massachusetts and New Hampshire to write its upcoming release, giving it an intimate, woodsy affect. But Kingsley Flood will be back at full energy when it kicks off 2015 at the Rock & Roll Hotel with local indie-rock favorites Fellow Creatures and Humble Fire. Read more >>> Kingsley Flood performs with Fellow Creatures and Humble Fire at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $13–$15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhotel.com. (Caroline Jones)
D.C.’s newest distillery, One Eight Distilling, officially opens tomorrow. The operation’s spirits include Ivy City Gin, District Made Vodka (a rye-based vodka), and Rock Creek White Whiskey (a rye-forward un-aged whiskey with hints of spice and pepper). The Ivy City facility will be open for public tours, samplings, and spirit sales from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Red Hook Lobster Pound will also be on-site, and a rotation of food trucks will park at the distillery each week. One Eight Distilling, 1135 Okie St. NE. (202) 636-6638. oneeightdistilling.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Two Anacostia galleries open new shows tonight. Vivid Solutions Gallery presents “Access/Index,” a series of still-life photos by Katherine Sifers, and Honfleur Gallery presents abstract paintings by Frank P. Phillips. 6 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE and 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
Friday: Algerian guitarist Kamal Zennia made stops in Denmark and Germany before settling in the U.S. in 1996. He performs his internationally inflected tunes at Tropicalia tonight. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10.
Friday: Metalachi, the Veracruz, Mexico band that combines metal and mariachi music, brings its bizarre mashup to the Black Cat’s main stage. 9 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Saturday: With its first show in 2015, Korean artist Hyun Kyung Yoon’s “Why, Ai Weiwei?”, Cross Mackenzie Gallery will test the boundaries of its focus on ceramic arts. For this show, Yoon recreates the Qing and Han Dynasty vases famously appropriated by the titular notorious Beijing artist. While Weiwei has dipped these vases in industrial paint and even destroyed them to make his own work, Yoon presents them as vessels. Is that a promotion or demotion? Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cross Mackenzie Gallery, 1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. (202) 337-7970. crossmackenzie.com.
Saturday: More than a dozen acclaimed artists, including Conor Oberst, Patty Griffin, and Steve Earle, pay tribute to Emmylou Harris at an all-star concert at DAR Constitution Hall. 8 p.m. at 18th and C streets NW. $73–$223.
Saturday: D.C. punk act Loud Boyz celebrates the release of its latest 7″ with a performance at Comet Ping Pong featuring Shark Week and DJ Jungle Money. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Sunday: As his remarkable work on albums like 2007’s Werewolves and Lollipops shows, Patton Oswalt is more a joke sculptor than a joke teller, a comic who cares as much about diction as he does selling a punchline. So it’s no big surprise that his upcoming visit to Sixth & I doesn’t involve a stand-up performance. Instead, he’ll discuss his new book, Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film—a memoir about his early days as a writer, performer, and movie devourer in Los Angeles—with Slate culture editor Dan Kois. Read more >>> Patton Oswalt reads at 5 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $35. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Dean Essner)
Sunday: The National Symphony Orchestra closes the weekend with two short performances at Central Union Mission. Cellists Janet Frank and John Moran play first; violinist Glenn Donnellan follows. 4 p.m. at 65 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free.
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