There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
What do art-making and software development have in common? Other than supporting worldwide coffee sales, not a whole lot. But Nuria Rodríguez, curator and director of augmented-reality research team Unit Experimental, aims to change that with her visual arts presentation “Think With Your Hands.” In this show, Spanish graphic-designers Pep Carrió and Isidro Ferrer exhibit their work in a way most artists don’t: through the camera lens of a mobile device. With loaner tablets in hand, audience members will explore more than 60 animated illustrations overlaid on real-life objects. In case they’re bugged out by the germy possibility of a loaner iPad, attendees can also download an iOS or Android version of the artists’ augmented reality app on their own devices. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Wednesdays through Fridays 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays noon to 11 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. to Nov. 30 at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 875-1100. artisphere.com. (Tim Regan)
DC VegFest, a vegetarian and vegan friendly festival hosted by Compassion Over Killing, kicks off on Saturday at Yards Park. Sample vegan food, enjoy live music, watch demonstrations by local chefs, and kick back in the beer and wine garden. More than two dozen vendors will be there, including Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, Woodland’s Vegan Bistro, and the Randy Radish food truck. The first 1,000 attendees get a free tote bag, loaded with goodies. Speakers include Robin Quivers of the Howard Stern Show, Washington Post food editor Joe Yanan, and Afro-Vegan author Bryant Terry. Pets are welcome in the “barking lot,” a shaded spot for pets to play and try V-Dogs, all-vegan dog food from California. DC VegFest is partnering with Nourish Now to collect food donations, so don’t forget to grab your nonperishables before you come. Vegan not your thing? You can always check out the Capitol Bacon Festival only half a block away.DC VegFest, N and 1st streets SE. dcvegfest.com. (Daniel White)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Naylor Court plays indie pop-country at the Rock & Roll Hotel with Loons and the Method. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Saturday: Fourteen years ago, DJ Will Eastman ripped a page from the D.C. punk playbook and hosted a small, obscure dance night with just a few rules: no Top 40; no assholes. These were the beginnings of Blisspop, the long-running DJ night so popular it helped spur the creation of Rolling Stone–heralded U Street Music Hall. Eastman will man the decks for six hours this Saturday at the party’s 14th anniversary, spinning a blend of hits that span Blisspop’s venue-hopping tenure. Listen to Eastman’s 52-minute mix made in honor of the occasion. Read more >>> Will Eastman performs at 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $5–$10. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Maxwell Tani)
Saturday: At Comet Ping Pong, Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds play on a retro-rock and soul bill with Chain & the Gang and DJ Baby Alcatraz. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12, all ages.
Sunday: Malian singer Salif Keita’s life did not begin easily. Keita has albinism; his family ostracized him for a time for his skin color, and he was teased by other kids. He thus spent much of his childhood singing alone in his family’s maize fields and listening to griots chant. For his current tour, the now-65-year-old Keita, “the Golden Voice of Africa,” performs with a six-piece group that will revisit his catalogue using traditional Malian stringed instruments as well as guitar and percussion. Read more >>> Salif Keita performs at 7 p.m. at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $45–$85. (202) 994-6800. lisner.org. (Steve Kiviat)
Sunday: Folk duo Shovels & Rope plays from its sophomore release, Swimmin’ Time. Oklahoman singer-songwriter John Fullbright opens. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
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