For once, you don’t have to trek to National Harbor to see world-class circus performers: The Intersections Festival is bringing an evening of big-tent entertainment to the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE. The center ring event, “Magic in the Air,” will showcase local acrobats twisting in silks and spinning in suspended hoops, plus clowning by two Maryland-based performers with a penchant for drag, Kolleen and Bobby Kintz. And because this is the upscale kind of circus, you’ll probably escape without a pie to the face. Read more>>> The performance takes place at 8 p.m. today and 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, with other demonstrations running throughout Saturday at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NW. $15–$25. (202) 399-7993. intersectionsdc.org. The Intersections Festival runs Feb. 22 to March 10 at Atlas Performing Arts Center. (Sadie Dingfelder)
Girl Scout cookie season is upon us. To celebrate, The Daily Dish in Silver Spring is serving ice cream sundaes in two nostalgia-inducing flavors, Thin Mint Brownie and Dulce de Leche, today through March 24.Actual Girl Scouts will also be selling cookies outside the restaurant. The Thin Mint Brownie Sundae is a remix of the thin mint, consisting of a chocolate-chip brownie, thin-mint ice cream, chocolate sauce, and house-made whipped cream. The flavors are created by Great Falls Ice Cream, and a portion of the proceeds from the desserts will be donated to the Girl Scouts. The Daily Dish, 8301 Grubb Road, Silver Spring. (301) 588-6300. thedailydishrestaurant.com. (May Wildman)
OH AND ALSO
Tonight: Go-go band Rare Essence performs at the Lincoln Theatre, following a screening of the documentary Straight Up Go-Go. 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $15.
Tonight: It doesn’t get much simpler than drinking and dancing, and there are plenty of low-key, free-admission places to do both tonight. DJ Neville C and and guest DJ Justin Jouvenal bring “Brazilian Rhythms“ back to Café Saint-Ex (9 p.m., free); U.K. spinner Dan Connie plays Northern Soul records at Showdown at The Dunes (10 p.m., free with Facebook RSVP); and the regular DJs at Soundclash are promising “pre-gentrified Jamaican oldies” at Mt. Pleasant’s Marx Cafe (10 p.m., also free).
Tonight and Sunday: How far would you go to do what you love? For U.S. Virgin Islander Kevin Sheppard, a point guard who joined the Iranian basketball team A.S. Shiraz in 2008, the answer is, well, Iran. The Iran Job, the 2012 documentary about Sheppard’s time on the team, has its goofy moments, but it also delves into the ethnic and social implications of his time there. Read more>>>7 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Dr. and 12th St. SW. Free. (Zosia Dunn)
Saturday: Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday discusses the Oscars, her picks for Best Picture, and perhaps even the historical accuracy of Argo, at the Newseum. 2:30 p.m. at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $21.95.
Saturday: “Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s” opens at the Corcoran. Check out City Paper‘s preview here. To April 7 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $10.
Sunday: Five years ago, Simone Dinnerstein self-produced a recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations that launched her from obscurity to the classical A-list in a whirlwind straight out of a Wayne’s World fantasy sequence. Having reached the top, most people would rest easy. But Dinnerstein has been tireless, eschewing standard repertoire and the solo spotlight for new works with chamber ensembles. Read more>>> 7 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $28-$85. (Mike Paarlberg)
Sunday: Still haven’t got your fill of D.C.’s ’80s punk and go-go revivalism? Henry Rollins hosts the D.C. Funk-Punk Throwback Jam, featuring Trouble Funk, DJ Kool, and Junk Yard, among others. Read our interview with some of the day’s performers on Arts Desk. 3 p.m. at 9:30 Club. $25.
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