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After spending the early ’90s penning R&B hits for big names including Michael Jackson, Jon B broke out in 1995 with his debut album, Bonafide. His third effort, 2001’s Pleasures U Like, included “Calling On You,” which Drake sampled a decade later on the nostalgic “Cameras.” The Drizzy shout-out gave B a bump in time for his most recent project, 2012’s Comfortable Swagg. A couple of decades after his first instance of fame, tonight Jon B brings his family-man aesthetic and chin-strap beard to the Howard Theatre. Jon B performs at 8 p.m. at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $20–$25. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Julian Kimble)
Want to warm up? Irish whiskey ought to do the trick. Rí Rá Irish Pub, which has nearly a dozen other locations around the country, opened earlier this week in Georgetown in the former Mie N Yu space. Rí Rá imported much of its furnishings directly from Ireland, along with its extensive whiskey collection, which you can drink in the restaurant’s Whiskey Room upstairs. Look for contemporary takes on traditional Irish dishes, including fish and chips, a Reuben with 14-day brined corned beef brisket, and mussels steamed in Guinness with bacon. Read more on Young & Hungry. Rí Rá Irish Pub, 3123-3125 M St. NW. (202) 751-2111. rira.com/georgetown. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Tonight: Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club, the rowdy annual event that features face-offs between warring pop-culture factions, takes over GALA Hispanic Theatre tonight. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 3333 14th St. NW. $20.
Tonight: Local hardcore band Joy Buttons performs at Tenleytown’s Casa Fiesta with Jail Solidarity, a recent subject of our One Track Mind column. Gnarwhal and Woozy share the bill. Find more information on Facebook. 7 p.m. at 4910 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $5.
Tonight: DJ Nitekrawler—-aka soul historian Kevin Coombe—-hosts another edition of Moneytown, his soul, R&B, funk, boogie, Latin (and more) night at Little Miss Whiskey’s. 10 p.m. at 1104 H St. NE. No cover.
Saturday: Ethiopia’s most famous diva, Aster Aweke slides her voice up and down the scale in a manner that occasionally resembles Middle Eastern singing. But Aweke—who lived in D.C. for a spell in the ’80s and is backed on her current tour by local Ethiopian group The Feedel Band—adds some bolder R&B elements to her traditional songs. Aster Aweke performs at 9 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $35–$45. (202) 503-2330. echostage.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Saturday: Philadelphia punk group EX FRIENDS plays with pop-punk band Boardroom Heroes and You’re Right? at Comet Ping Pong. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.
Saturday: Adam Friedland hosts an intimate evening of rock at Petworth’s Paperhaus: Andrew Cedarmark, local garage rockers Typefighter (another recent One Track Mind subject), and experimental group Tree River will perform. 8 p.m. at 4912 3rd St. NW. Free, donations recommended.
Saturday: Interested in adding a little camp to your weekend? Head to the Black Cat for a screening of the Divine biography I Am Divine. 9 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Saturday and Sunday: A dozen local dance companies show off their work at Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Modern Moves Festival. 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at 1333 H St. NE. $12–$30.
Saturday and Sunday: Over the course of a decade, filmmaker Ben Shapiro tailed photographer Gregory Crewdson as he produced 50 images for a project titled “Beneath the Roses.” The most revealing moments of Shapiro’s documentary, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, happen when Crewdson explains the beauty he sees in seemingly ordinary small-town locations. The film shows Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Louis Jacobson)
Sunday: Soul vocalist Alison Carney discusses her work and performs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Center. 1:30 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
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