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Choreographer Aszure Barton comes to the American Dance Institute this weekend from Alberta by way of Siberia. The Edmonton native runs a small troupe of New York–based dancers and multidisciplinary artists that still receives significant Canadian funding. The group’s autumn tour takes the dancers to Moscow and Siberia, then Connecticut and Rockville. At each stop around the globe, they’ll perform Awáa, an evening-length work that Barton has described as an exploration “of the nature of the masculine and the feminine, the sharp and the curved, earth and water.” Read more >>> Aszure Barton and Artists perform at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson St., Rockville. $16.25–$31.25. (301) 984-3003. americandance.org(Rebecca J. Ritzel)


Adams Morgan’s just-opened seafood spot Pop’s SeaBar launched its happy hour this week, so you can now get $1 oysters, $3 beers, and $5 cocktails from 3:30-6:30 p.m. every weekday. Or, if you’re bar-hopping in AdMo, late-night happy hour runs from midnight to close on Friday and Saturday. Now you have an excuse to check out their ice cream sandwich luge. Pop’s SeaBar, 1817 Columbia Road NW. (202) 534-3933. popsseabar.com. (Jamie Slater)


Friday: Former Washington Post writer Eric Brace presents his new folk operaHangtown Dancehall, at the Birchmere. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50.

Friday: Stop by Atlas Performing Arts Center for a screening of the Prince classic Purple Rain and ’80s dance party and costume contest hosted by Tour d3 Geezy. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $20

Friday: The Black Cat hosts an evening of punk rock featuring MXPX, Zebrahead, Allister, and Survay Says. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $20.

Friday: Check your phone at the door and enjoy a dance floor free of mobile devices at DC9’s newest party, Discnothèque. 10 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $5–$10.

Saturday: Those bemoaning this year’s lack of definitive summer songs must not have heard “I’m Not Part of Me,” the final track on Cloud Nothings’ exceptional Here and Nowhere Else. While this hyperactive pop-punk anthem might sound like a holdover from the summer of 1994, its defiant chorus scratches a similar itch to the fist-pumping anthems of the currently hibernating Japandroids. Read more >>> Cloud Nothings perform with Tyvek at 10 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $18. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Matt Siblo)

Saturday: Head to the National Mall to see “Out of Many, One” artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada‘s enormous sand and soil portrait that covers six acres between the World War II and Lincoln memorials. On view to Oct. 31 on the National Mall. Free.

Saturday: Join other cult movie aficionados for Point Break LIVE, an event that requires the audience to act out the Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze surf film with a team of performers. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $20–$35.

Sunday: Outsider artist James Castle created his work in a bubble—he was profoundly deaf and spent his life in seclusion. When, in 2013, the Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired 54 Castle pieces and assembled the largest public exhibition of his work, curators were quick to identify his importance to the canon of American art. His pieces are made from everyday objects he found in his immediate vicinity—advertisements, periodicals, and packaging, smudged and smeared with soot and modified with sticks and string. Read more >>>The exhibition is on view daily 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. to Feb. 1 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7970. americanart.si.edu(Tim Regan)

Sunday: Hometown rock trio Ex Hex celebrates the release of its new album, Rips, with a show at the Black Cat featuring Teen Liver and Speedy Ortiz. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12–$15.

Sunday: Malian guitarist Oumar Konate closes out the weekend with a performance of traditional songs at Tropicalia. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10.