Now that tablet-reading has become a new normal for many fans of the written word, it might seem that the physical book’s tenure as a work of art has reached its end. Good thing Pyramid Atlantic doesn’t buy that. The Silver Spring arts center hosts its 13th biennial Book Arts Fair this weekend, highlighting books and contemporary prints that challenge the limitations of those media. Even people who read the latest bestseller electronically will be charmed—these artfully designed objects look way better on a coffee table than an iPad. Read more >>> The fair runs Nov. 14 to 16 at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $10–$55. (301) 608-9101. pyramidatlanticbookartsfair.org. (Caroline Jones)
Union Market will have even more artisan food vendors this Saturday and Sunday for D.C.’s first ever Emporiyum market. Momofuku Milk Bar, Jeni’s Ice Cream, and chefs like Bryan Voltaggio, Erik Bruner-Yang, and Austin’s Paul Qui will all prepare treats. There will also be a DJ, cocktails, and workshops on everything from ramen to pie. General admission tickets, that give you access from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., are $20 in advance or $30 the day of. VIP tickets for $40 get you in an hour early at 10 a.m. Get more info and purchase tickets at theemporiyum.com. Emporiyum at The Maurice Electric Warehouse, 500 Penn St. NE. theemporiyum.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Blind Mexican guitarist Raul Midón brings his eclectic blend of rock and soul songs to Artisphere. 8 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $25.
Friday: Arena Stage begins performances of Five Guys Named Moe, a musical revue that incorporates the songs of Louis Jordan including “Let the Good Times Roll” and “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby.” 8 p.m. at 1101 6th St. SW. $40–$107.
Friday: Toolbox Art Gallery hosts an opening reception for its new exhibition of sculptures by Jamaican artist Nakazzi Tafari. 6 p.m. at 1627 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Friday: Toronto-based quartet Sloan presents an evening of rock in celebration of its 11th studio album, Commonwealth, at Rock & Roll Hotel. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
Saturday: Leave it to Tony Kushner to pack nearly every worry of modern life into a play that clocks in at just under four hours. The acclaimed playwright turns his attention to familial relationships in The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, which makes its D.C.-area debut this weekend at Theater J. The play follows Gus and his three children after he announces plans to sell his Brooklyn brownstone and end his life. The kids (Pill, Empty, and Vic), in the process of dealing with their own personal dramas, respond predictably poorly. Read more >>> The play runs Nov. 13 through Dec. 21 at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $20–$65. (202) 518-9400. theaterj.org. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: Comedian Gary Gulman, who recently opened for Louis C.K. on tour, chucks jokes at the Trader Joe’s crowd at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $20–$23.
Saturday: Head to St. Stephen’s for another Positive Force benefit. But instead of a punk show, this event revolves around a screening of the new Positive Force documentary More Than a Witness: 30 Years of Punk Politics in Action. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 7 p.m. at 1525 Newton St. NW. $10.
Sunday: With her old band, the Sound Outside, vocalist Sallie Ford preferred equal parts rockabilly and soul, but her latest solo album, Slap Back, departs from that model: Backed by three additional musicians, Ford embraces elements of surf rock, punk, garage, and funk. Read more >>> Sallie Ford performs with Crooked Fingers and And the Kids at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Alan Zilberman)
Sunday: The National Gallery of Art screens a pair of films featuring Czech playwright and politician Václav Havel at American University. And the Beggar’s Opera Again intercuts two productions of Havel’s Beggar’s Opera and the documentary The Heart Above the Castle follows Havel behind the scenes at the 2002 NATO summit. 4:30 p.m. at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free.
Sunday: D.C. glam-punk act and Brixton-burning advocate Jack on Fire plays a show in support of its new album, Grime & Crime Vol. 1, at Showtime, opening for house band Granny and the Boys. 6 p.m. at 113 Rhose Island Ave. NW. Free.
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