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Say what you will about live albums: The applause distracts from the music! People scream too much! But really good ones give you insight into the performer’s personality and, if you’re lucky, a bit of spur-of-the-moment humor. During the course of two recorded shows at the Atlas Performing Arts Center this weekend, local singer-songwriter Laura Tsaggaris hopes to make a great one. She’ll draw inspiration from some of her favorite live albums and play a set featuring tracks from her three released albums, as well as one new song that she’ll debut onsite. Read more >>> Laura Tsagarris performs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $35. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org. (Caroline Jones)
Mad Fox Brewing Company hosts its Hoppy Oktoberfest outdoor beer festival tomorrow showcasing nearly 60 beers from 25 area breweries. DC Brau, Devils Backbone, Lost Rhino, Old Dominion, and other breweries will serve beers from noon to 6 p.m. Mad Fox itself will unveil its Hitzig Frau Oktoberfest Lagerbier. Admission is free, but a commemorative glass and six tasting tickets go for $20. Additional tickets are $2 each. The event will also include live music, grilled food, a moon bounce, corn hole, and a contest for the best beer of the festival. Don’t want to drive? Reston Limousine will provide round-trip transportation plus a gift card that can be used for food and drinks for $59. Hoppy Oktoberfest, 444 West Broad St., Falls Church. madfoxbrewing.com/hoppy-oktoberfest-2014-0. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Local singer Sean Barna celebrates the release of his new EP with a show at the Paperhaus featuring Pleasure Curses, Vita and the Woolf, and Champagne Fever. 8 p.m. at 4912 3rd St. NW. Cash donations appreciated.
Friday: Arlington-based dancer Arturo Garcia performs a new piece, Here & Now, with his company Danzante at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW.
Friday: Tropicalia hosts an Afrofunk Fest with performances by Hardproof Afrobeat Orchestra, Funk Ark, and People’s Champs. 7 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10–$13.
Saturday: Surrealism meets the Wonderful World of Disney in Lobster Alice, Kira Obelensky’s theatrical romp of speculative fiction that draws inspiration from the time Salvador Dalí worked on an animated ballet piece for a major film studio in the 1940s. In this imagining, Dalí collaborates with an animator named John Finch, who’s busy working on Disney’s Alice in Wonderland while also tangled in a workplace romance with his secretary, Alice. Read more >>> The play runs Sept. 25 to Oct. 12 at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $15. (301) 654-8664. flyingvtheatre.com. (Diana Metzger)
Saturday: The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents “Art All Night,” a series of art events at locations around the city that lasts into the wee hours of the morning. For tips on what to check out, read our handy guide.
Saturday: Local dream-pop trip the Walking Sticks perform at DC9. Be sure to look camera-ready, since the group will also be shooting part of its new music video at the show. 9:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Sunday: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon tantalized audiences earlier this summer with their road-trip comedy The Trip to Italy. The film might have left you aching for a trip to Rome, but just in case that’s not feasible, the National Gallery of Art, American University, and the Embassy of Italy have teamed up for the next best thing: a screening of Dino Risi’s 1962 classic Il Sorpasso, another hilarious film featuring a mismatched pair of travel companions. Read more >>> The film shows at 4:30 p.m. at the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 842-6799. nga.gov. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: British rock group Kasabian closes out the weekend with a performance at 9:30 Club. Japanese group Bo Ningen opens the show. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $30.
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