Get our free newsletter
Stefon Harris’ musical language is just as immediately compelling as his vibraphone playing. In both his written compositions and his improvisations, Harris exhibits a command of the classical jazz vocabulary and a knack for assembling it in new and satisfying ways. As firmly as Harris grasps the tradition, he’s not afraid to take flying leaps into terra incognita. So the news that he’s coming to Washington with both a new band and new music should be met with excitement, even if there’s no way to predict what genres he’ll channel. Read more >>> The Stefon Harris Quartet performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th St. NW. $25–$30. (202) 299-0800. bohemiancaverns.com. (Michael J. West)
After several weeks of Friday evening-only operations, District Doughnut opened up full-time today at 8 a.m. The shop will celebrate its debut this weekend with music, games, giveaways, a photo booth, and more, until the doughnuts run out. The Barracks Row spot from owners Greg Menna and Juan Pablo Segura will offer eight to 10 types of doughnuts each day. Pastry chef Christine Schaefer, who previously ran a gourmet bakery in Buffalo, N.Y., has created both yeast and cake varieties plus one gluten-free doughnut made with buckwheat flour. Dulce de leche and brown butter are menu staples, but opening flavors will also include key lime pie and Nutella bacon. Doughnuts will go for $2 to $3 each. Shaw-based roaster Compass Coffee, soon opening a cafe of its own, will supply the coffee. District Doughnut, 749 8th St. SE. (202) 350-0799. districtdoughnut.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
All weekend: The DC Shorts film festival runs through Sept. 21 at E Street Cinema. Before catching some flicks this weekend, check out our guide to the festival. Sept. 11–21 at 555 11th St. NW. $12–$15.
Friday: New York indie-rock act Marco with Love performs at the Pinch in Columbia Heights with local rock group Cue the Deer. Find more details on Facebook. 9 p.m. at 3548 14th St. NW. $8.
Friday: Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré takes the stage at Artisphere with local Afro-pop band Elikeh. 8 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $18–$25.
Saturday: Since its founding in 2010, Pleasant Plains Workshop has been too easily regarded as an artists’ space, an incubator that was more shop than showcase. Kristina Bilonick, the place’s founder, has since proved that Pleasant Plains is in fact an institution, one that will go down among the great art spaces in recent D.C. history, like Fusebox or Signal 66. There’s no reason to be nostalgic, given “Essentially Qualified,” the latest show at Pleasant Plains, by artist Paul Shortt. In it, Shortt thinks about the labor status of artist, gallery, and venue. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Thursdays and Fridays 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. to Oct. 18 at Pleasant Plains Workshop, 2608 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. pleasantplainsworkshop.com. (Kriston Capps)
Saturday: In honor of its 10th anniversary, Taffety Punk Theatre Company presents a revised take on its first production, The Devil in His Own Words, at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. 8 p.m. at 545 7th St. SE. $15.
Saturday: Head to Comet Ping Pong for a single-release party featuring Paperhaus, BRNDA, and the Sea Life, plus a DJ set by Outputmessage. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Sunday: Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour’s 2012 bid to be a presidential candidate in his country ended when his nominating petition was rejected for invalid signatures. Later, Macky Sall, the winner, selected N’Dour to be his Minister of Culture and Tourism. After a brief stint in that job, N’Dour became a minister-counsellor to the president in September 2013. N’Dour still holds that title, but thankfully, he’s also returned to his singing career. Read more >>> Youssou N’Dour performs at 7 p.m. at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $35–$75. (202) 994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu. (Steve Kiviat)
Sunday: Enjoy snacks, live music, and community activities at the 36th annual Adams Morgan Day festival. Noon at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. Free.
Want ToDo ToDay sent to your inbox five days a week? Sign up here.