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As a promoter of films that run 15 minutes or less, DC Shorts understands that audiences enjoy a little variety. For Pasties and Popcorn, this weekend’s collaboration with local burlesque troupe Tilted Torch, DC Shorts will intersperse film screenings with belly dance routines, hoop dances, and other quirky variety acts. Read more >>> The films show tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the U.S. Navy Memorial’s Burke Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $20. (202) 393-4266. dcshorts.com(Caroline Jones)


The market at Frederik de Pue‘s new restaurant Menu MBK opens today, selling local produce, products, and prepared foods. Growers like Maryland’s Bounty Hill Farms and Chapel Hill Farm will supply what’s in season. Charcuterie from Cured DC and cheese and dairy products from Virginia’s Meadow Creek Dairy, among other vendors, will also be available, along with specialty honey, maple syrups, infused oils, and chocolates. Customers can also pick up sandwiches, salads, and pastas for takeout. Pastry chef Jason Ghering will handle the pies, cookies, sticky buns, macaroons, and other sweets—-and let’s not forget beers, wines, and coffee. The second and third floors of Menu’s building, which will house a cafe, bar, and six-seat chef’s table, are expected to open in the coming weeks. Menu MBK, 405 8th St. NW. (202) 347-7491. menumbk.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Tonight: Alt-folk artist Waxahatchee headlines the Black Cat mainstage (9 p.m., $13), and the club’s backstage hosts a Dischord vs. Teenbeat battle (9:30 p.m., $5). 1811 14th St. NW.

Tonight: Ford’s Theatre opens Violet, a ’60s-set musical about a young woman who leaves home and travels across the South in search of a miracle. 7:30 p.m. at 511 10th St. NW. $20–$33.

Tonight: The Dunes hosts “Beats to the Rhyme,” a global hip-hop celebration featuring the Poem-Cees and Hired Gun. 8 p.m. at 1411 Meridian Place NW. $10.

Saturday: With his everyman sensibilities and brutal honesty, Nipsey Hussle embodies the spirit of West Coast hip hop of the past while he attempts to carry it into the future. Equally serious about business as he is music, he’s opposed record labels since leaving Epic Records in 2010. He’ll bring that maverick attitude to the Howard Theatre, where newcomers stand to find out why legends and underground rap heads alike are paying attention. Read more >>>

Saturday: DC Music Download celebrates its second anniversary with a show featuring Drop Electric, Young Rapids, Sea Life, The Raised by Wolves, and DJs Ryan Ulbrich and Van O. 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $16.

Saturday: Lemuria and Passing Phases play Comet Ping Pong with local punk group Aloners10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.

Sunday: Gurujeet Khalsa‘s exhibit at Glen Echo Photoworks includes works from all over, most of them focused on the natural world. Read more >>>

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