Strathmore has outdone itself by presenting THIEFS as part of its Friday Night Eclectic series. The collective trio makes a glorious jumble. In their hands, acoustic jazz, hip-hop, soul, ambient, and dance music all wander freely through shifting environments: acoustic and electric, improvisation and composition, instrumental and vocal. But just as a Duchamp collage still bears the artist’s stamp, this sonic free-for-all manages to emerge sounding wholly, and only, like THIEFS. That’s how you do eclectic. Read more>>> THIEFS perform at 8:30 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $20. (301) 581-5109. strathmore.org. (Michael J. West)
The annual Brewer’s Ball is back. This Saturday, try beer from more than 30 of the region’s microbreweries and brewpubs, including Chocolate City Beer, Port City Brewing Company, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, and Flying Dog. Local restaurants ranging from Granville’s Moore’s to Meridian Pint to Hank’s Oyster Bar will supply bites to eat. The event, from 7 p.m. to midnight, will include live entertainment and a silent auction. Net proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Get tickets here. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $130. dcbrewersball.org. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Tonight: Relive the glory days of ’90s hip-hop when Naughty By Nature performs at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $37.
Tonight: Didn’t get enough performances by journalists at last night’s Commedia dell Media? The fun continues at Journopalooza at the Black Cat. If you’ve ever wanted to see Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles rock out on the drums, well, tonight is your chance. 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $30.
Saturday: If Lena Dunham is the voice of the millennial generation, she should take some cues from Waxahatchee, the solo project of Katie Crutchfield. With her latest record, Cerulean Salt, Crutchfield leaves behind the stripped down, DIY home recordings in favor of a more polished sound. Though the production may have grown up a bit, the lyrics are still dripping with the same youthful anxiety, sans the bourgeois Bushwick vibe. Read more>>> 7 p.m. at Casa Fiesta, 4910 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. (Matt Cohen)
Saturday: Continuing the ’90s hip-hop revival, Wu-Tang Clan’s Masta Killa stops by 9th & Beats to promote his new solo album. 8:30 p.m. at 9th & Beats, 1219 9th St. NW. $11.
Saturday: Like many other fields, the design industry remains male-dominated. Female designers discuss their field this afternoon as part of the Washington International Design Festival. 5 p.m. at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free.
Sunday: It’s been a long time in the making and now, it’s finally here. German artist Wolfgang Laib has covered a closet in the Phillips Collection with 660 pounds of melted beeswax. The result is a fragrant, womblike space that might lend a glimpse into the life of a bee. While the room is tiny—it can only accommodate one or two people at a time—it’s hard to miss. Even from yards away, a distinctive waxy smell wafts through the air. Read more>>> 11 a.m.–6 p.m. at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $10–$12. (May Wildman)
Sunday: Close out the weekend with a performance by ever-evolving indie rockers Eels. Nicole Atkins and Puddles Pity Party open. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25.
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