Rookies tend to fade into the background on Saturday Night Live. But Cecily Strong broke out playing the Weekend Update panelist “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party.” Her slurred speech, Smartphone-checking, and condescending yet uninformed moralisms ape the behavior of a well-intentioned George Washington University freshman after a few rum and cokes. But don’t come to her show expecting a couple of hours of mock-drunk one liners: She’s just as entertaining portraying clueless voters or Princess Jasmine. Read more >>> Cecily Strong performs at 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $15–$20. (703) 486-2345. arlingtondrafthouse.com. (Cara Newlon)
Check out nearly 20 food trucks at tomorrow’s Curbside Cookoff at Capitol Riverfront. From noon to 9 p.m., trucks like CapMac, Goodies Frozen Custard, and DC Ballers will be serving their food. Plus, get all-you-can-drink wristbands for $20. For kids, there’s face painting. A $1 donation will be collected to benefit Miriam’s Kitchen, which works to end chronic homelessness in D.C. Curbside Cookoff, 200 K St. NW. dmvcurbsidecookoff.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Tonight: Belle and Sebastian perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Yo La Tengo. Read our critic’s pick in the Summer Entertainment Guide. 6:30 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $35–$45.
Tonight: L.A. electro-goth quartet Bestial Mouths plays at Comet Ping Pong along with ambient artists Fainting Spellss and Cavale. More details available on Facebook. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.
Tonight: Afro-pop group Elikeh takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel. Soul Suit and Sol Power All-Stars also perform. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Saturday: D.C.’s annual Hip-Hop Theater Fest returns this week to rattle your brain. Events wrap up with the Jack Ya Body showcase at Dance Place, featuring the movements of Philadelphia’s Raphael Xavier and Brooklyn’s Storyboard P. Performance artist Holly Bass also performs, giving the production a bit of local flair. Read more >>> The Hip-Hop Theater Festival runs from July 7 to July 14 at venues around the city. Prices vary. (202) 269-1600. See a complete schedule at hhtf.org. (Paula Mejia)
Saturday: Off-Rhode Gallery presents a new show featuring art by artists living and working in Ward 5. Meet the artists at the gallery’s opening reception. 1 p.m. at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE. Free.
Saturday: Sandra Lilia Velásquez, frontwoman of the Latin rock group Pistolera, performs a solo show at Artisphere in support of her new EP, Dig Deeper. 8 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $15.
Sunday: Wire, the band that wedded British art rock with punk’s scorched-earth aesthetic, has persisted far beyond its late-’70s heyday. Now, the band rarely looks back. But on its March release, Change Becomes Us, the band finally looked to its charged past, revisiting songs written for a 1980 album that never happened. It’s as close to archaeology as these original art-punkers will ever get, and yet it sounds like anything but a fossil. Read more >>> Wire performs at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Michael J. West)
Sunday: Jazz and hip-hop vocalist Carolyn Malachi plays a free show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Center. While at the museum, also check out the museum’s current photography exhibit, “A Democracy of Images.” 1:30 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
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