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The jazz saxophonist whose music was once a hit with the “don’t trust anyone over 30” crowd turns 75 this year. Charles Lloyd doesn’t play much jazz for hippies anymore but he hasn’t completely abandoned that era’s yearning for freedom. His birthday celebration tonight promises to include a variety of dimensions: His current quartet (pianist and Kennedy Center jazz advisor Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rodgers, and drummer Eric Harland) will be there, but Lloyd will also work with musicians like Indian tablaist Zakir Hussain, lyra player Sokratis Sinopoulos, and Greek vocalist Maria Farantouri. By the end of the evening, the flower children won’t be the only ones with expanded minds. Read more >>> Charles Lloyd performs at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$65. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Michael J. West)
This week’s cover package is all about food trucks, and in their honor, we suggest you head to one during your next lunch hour. First, use this handy dandy flow chart to help you decide which truck to visit. Then check out one of the many mobile apps to help you track down trucks’ locations. While waiting in line, consider these etiquette rules from Miss Manners. And while you’re eating, take our quiz about whether certain names belong to food trucks or local recreational sports teams. Do it all fast, because according to our interviews with food truck owners, new regulations could mean fewer trucks on the streets. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Afro-futuristic band Sinkane plays the Black Cat with help from openers Ra Ra Rasputin and Helado Negro. 9 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Friday: Country zydeco band The Revelersbring a bit of the Big Easy to Arlington tonight. Enjoy dance lessons and snacks from Willie’s Po’ Boy food truck to get the full New Orleans experience. 7:30 p.m. at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $15.
Saturday: When a character in Beau Hopkins’ play The River and the Mountain stated that he was gay, making him the first openly gay character to ever appear in a Ugandan play, the government responded aggressively, banning the play and eventually arresting its producer. Artisphere presents a staged reading of the play, followed by a discussion with Hopkins, original cast member Okuyo Joel Atiku Prynce, and the reading’s director, Sarah Imes Borden. Read more>>> (Caroline Jones) 7:30 p.m. at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free.
Saturday: Capitol Movement Project presents its eighth annual show, entitled “HOME.” The piece explores what home means to individuals at different stages of life through music and dance. 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $45–$55.
Saturday: Bethesda presents its first film festival, featuring five short films by local filmmakers. Several films are set in the greater D.C. area. 8 p.m. at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10.
Saturday: D.C. Tap Fest runs throughout the weekend, but the festival’s highlight is the all-star concert featuring tappers Michelle Dorance, Sara Reich, Luke Spring, and Jason Samuels Smith, as well as a performance by R&B singer Mya. 8 p.m. at the Ellington Theatre, 3500 R St. NW. $25.
Sunday: Shakespeare’s Macbeth is already dripping with the macabre—witches, mass murder, toil and trouble and so forth. Starting this weekend, director Kathleen Akerley and American Century Theater revive Welles’ adaptation of the Scottish play and speeds the setting ahead to the year 2033. Her all-male cast portrays Christian marines who, after 11 years of fighting, find elements of foreign culture creeping into their faith. Read more>>>2:30 p.m. at The Gunston Arts Center Theater Two, 2700 South Lang St., Arlington. $32-$40.
Sunday: Maryland dream-folk rockers kindlewood perform an acoustic show at the American Art Museum’s Luce Center and discuss the creation of their new album. 1:30 p.m. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. Free.
Sunday: The Three Tents Reading Series returns to the Big Hunt tonight, with authors Matthew Zapruder, James Gendron, Sarah Rose Etter, and Nicole Steinberg sharing their work. Read more about Three Tents here. 6 p.m. at The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
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