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Chris Grasso, pianist and mastermind of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s weekend Jazz Series, which was cancelled in July, lost no time returning to the bandstand. The second edition of the series premieres tonight at its new venue, Petworth bistro Chez Billy. The event features Grasso on piano, a yet-to-be-named bassist, and Lena Seikaly (shown), one of the District’s best and most popular singers, fronting the band. It’s an attempt to replicate the Mandarin success in a less tourist-friendly spot. Read more >>> Chris Grasso performs with Lena Seikaly at 9 p.m. at Chez Billy, 3815 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. (202) 506-2080. chezbilly.com. (Michael J. West)
El Chucho owners Jackie Greenbaum and Gordon Banks have a new spot: Bar Charley, which opened yesterday in east Dupont. The menu is a mishmash of dishes the owners love—from papri chaat to sautéed gnudi to shrimp-and-pork belly dumplings. The cocktails are equally eclectic with two tiki drinks on tap, a cocktail called The Stepdad because it smells like whiskey and tobacco, and a pickleback made with an edible pickle-flavored shot glass. Read more about Bar Charley on Young & Hungry. Bar Charley, 1825 18th St. NW. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Tonight: Brightest Young Things and local clothing label DURKL co-sponsor a pop/hip hop event at the Velvet Lounge tonight, featuring local groups Beyond Modern, Farma Wesley, Ras Nebyu, and 7th Floor Vi77ains.
Saturday: Brian Brooks Moving Company’s performance at American Dance Institute is titled “Run Don’t Run,” so the show that may resemble a highly choreographed track meet. Brooks’ company has been in residence at ADI all week, fine-tuning and rehearsing the work. It doesn’t officially premiere until next month at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, but this preliminary heat is well worth watching. Read more >>> Brian Brooks Moving Company performs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson St., Rockville. $15–$30. (855) 263-2623. americandance.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Saturday: Office of Future Plans/Jawbox-affiliated band Bells plays Paperhaus Saturday night with D.C. stalwarts The Caribbean and Argos. 8 p.m. at Paperhaus. BYOB, donations appreciated. Address information on Facebook.
Sunday: At Politics & Prose, Georgia Congressman John Lewis discusses his powerful graphic novel March, which shares his stories from the Civil Rights movement. 4 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Sunday: If there are better ways to celebrate the last dwindling days of summer than an all-day outdoor music festival, we haven’t heard of them. Turn your ears toward the Takoma Park Folk Festival, which features performances from more than 50 mostly local bands on six different stages. Read more >>> The festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park. Free. (301) 589-0202. tpff.org. (Sarah Kaplan)
Sunday: If you’d rather stick around in D.C. proper, spend the afternoon checking out live music, indie crafts and tasty street food at the 35th annual Adams Morgan Day Festival. Noon to 7 p.m. on 18th Street NW between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road. Free.
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