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After making music for nearly 50 years, Afro-Filipino R&B singer Joe Bataan deserves his title as the King of Latin Soul. But music is only part of his story. As the popularity of Latin soul music waned, Bataan, a former gang member, disappeared from the industry completely and spent 20 years as a juvenile counselor before returning to music in the late ’90s. Joe Bataan performs at 6:30 p.m. at the Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. apa.si.edu. (202) 633-1240. Read more >>> (Steve Kiviat)
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Saturday: John Oates—-yes, the “Oates” in Hall & Oates! The yin to his dashing musical partner’s yang! The one who used to have a mustache!—-has just been confirmed to play Corcoran’s Community Day. (I know. We can’t wait, either.) He’s expected to perform for 20-30 minutes starting at 2:30 p.m. The event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Corcoran, 500 17th St. NW. Free.
Saturday: If you don’t already have plans for Howard University Homecoming on Saturday, strongly consider stopping by the convenient HQ of radio station/recording studio Listen Vision, which is hosting a robust lineup of 25 local hip-hop artists—-most notably, headliner Kingpen Slim—-for eight hours straight. (And don’t forget that today, Friday, is International Yardfest; it starts at noon.) The event begins at noon at Listen Vision, 2622 Georgia Ave. NW.
Saturday and Sunday: Look out, D.C.: The area’s modern-dance epicenter has moved north. Tonight, the American Dance Institute, a Rockville performance venue and kids’ studio that presents some of the region’s most experimental dance, opens its season. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the American Dance Institute, 1570 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. $15-$30. Read more >>>
Sunday: Bike nerds! Gather a posse for the always tremendously fun D.C. Cyclocross Race. (Not familiar with cyclocross? Here’s all you need to know.) The races start at 9 a.m. and last till evening, closing with the ever-popular tandem bike race at 5 p.m. Best of all, Dogfish Head beers will be sold on site. You can’t miss it. 9 a.m. to whenever the races end at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, Rock Creek Chuch Road and Randolph Street NW. Free to watch.
Sunday: When it comes to avant-garde jazz, Don Byron embodies it all. The restless clarinetist has run klezmer, free improvisation, hip-hop, soul, and gospel—among others—through a jazz prism, always remaining on the experimental edge. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th St. NW. $15-$20. bohemiancaverns.com. (202) 299-0800. Read more >>>
Sunday: Led by paraplegics—-who suffered from polio as kids—-on motorized tricycles, Staff Benda Bilili is a Congolese rumba band that once lived and played music on street corners and in the partially abandoned Kinshasa zoo. 8 p.m. at Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25-$30. Read more >>>
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