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You might think you’ve heard all of Sean Paul’s dancehall hits from their heavy rotation on Top 40 radio. But for every song you remember grooving to in the mid-’00s, there are three more of his hits that you might’ve forgotten. But don’t worry: If you ever went to a school dance, even the most obscure of Sean Paul’s beats will douse you with a delightful wave of nostalgia. Just pretend Echostage is your high school gym. Read more >>> Sean Paul performs at 9 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $31. (202) 503-2330. echostage.com(Rachel Kurzius)


You can now get ribs and brisket in Union Market. The BBQ Joint, which has locations in Easton and Pasadena, Md., opened a barbecue butcher counter in the food emporium yesterday. Chef Andrew Evans has a simple menu of ribs, pork butt, brisket, and sausages available by weight. Accompany them with sides like collard greens, cole slaw, baked beans, and corn bread. Read more on Young & HungryThe BBQ Joint at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. (202) 714-3292. andrewevansbbqjoint.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Friday: Former Black Belles frontwoman Olivia Jean performs at Rock & Roll Hotel with local rock bands Jake Starr and the Delicious Fullness and Wanted Man. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $10.

Friday: The Kennedy Center and National Public Radio welcome jazz pianists Harold Mabern, Kris Davis, Cyrus Chestnut, and Lynne Arriale for an evening of classic holiday songs. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $69.

 Friday: Eclectic Irish-Latin band La Unica takes the stage at Tropicalia. Find more details on Facebook. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10.

Saturday: Walk into any traditional art museum, and you’re likely to see dozens of oil paintings on canvasses. Recent MICA graduate Jameson Magrogan wants to challenge the belief that oil is somehow better in his new show, “Oil, Then Acrylic,” now on display at Transformer as part of the gallery’s annual year-end solo exhibition. Instead of stretching canvasses on thick bars, Magrogan uses thinner wood for some pieces and linen for others. He wants viewers to see the paintings as sculptures, three-dimensional objects that just happen to also feature painted images. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Wednesdays through Saturdays noon to 6 p.m., to Jan. 31 at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P St. NW. Free. (202) 483-1102. transformerdc.org. (Caroline Jones)

Saturday: New England folk artist Ellis Paul performs at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue with local guitarist Luke Brindley. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $20–$23.

Saturday: Self-described “immigrant rock” band Scythian plays the 9:30 Club and invites guests to wear their best ugly sweaters to the show. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $17.

Sunday: It doesn’t take a man-machine to play Kraftwerk. To prove it, local experimental-rock act Paperhaus will perform one of Kraftwerk’s most acclaimed albums, Trans-Europe Express, for an audience at U Street Music Hall. Paperhaus lead singer Alex Tebeleff will also belt out most Kraftwerk songs the way they were meant to be sung: in German, through a vocoder. Read more >>> Paperhaus performs with Steven Faith at 8 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $5. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Tim Regan)

Sunday: Close out the weekend with a performance by D.C. country trio Cannonball Cole at DC9. Letitia Van Sant and Some Great Day also perform. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.

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