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The Half Street Fairgrounds, a collection of shipping containers circled around a fallow parking lot across from Nationals Park, failed in its first attempt at becoming a destination for pop-up retail: Jewelry and clothing didn’t mix well with booze and music, the vendors said. So this summer, Fairgrounds management is doubling down on the tunes, with a series of country-rock concerts dubbed “South on South Capitol”—almost as cool as it sounds—that should play well with the heavily Virginian crowds the team draws. They’re promising cornhole games and mechanical bulls. D.C. may not be a sleepy town anymore, but it’s still somewhat Southern, at least where baseball is concerned. The South on South Capitol concert series begins at 11 a.m. at the Half Street Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. The series continues June 22, July 27, and Aug. 24. Free. fairgroundsdc.com. (Lydia DePillis)
Not trying to spend $70-plus to see Drake at the Verizon Center tonight? Try this Grey Goose-sponsored after-party hosted by the pop star himself. It looks classy—-and boozy—-but the price is nicer. Doors at 10:30 p.m. at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $20-$40.
Jazz in the Garden begins its 12th season this evening. Tom Principato Band opens the popular summer series at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden tonight at 5 p.m. 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
Dance parties and so very much more after the jump.
Silver Spring native Sarah A.O. Rosner is coming to visit her parents over Memorial Day weekend, and she’s invited over a few friends and total strangers. One imagines the phone call from New York went something like this: “Mom, Dad? Can I bring four friends home for the weekend to do an interactive interpretive dance about gender identity at the house? And can you run to the liquor store and pick up a keg and a case of wine? We might have a few people over. OK? Great! Thanks! TTYL!” But according to A.O. Movement Collective‘s press materials, things are actually a bit more structured. “Declare yourself a curator,” is the tagline in the promotional video for the collective. Saturday’s performance is called “barrish, curation #9,” and is “curated” by Rosner’s parents, Laurie Duker and Jeremy Rosner, who are described as “longtime AOMC supporters.” The whole thing would sound terribly self-indulgent, if some of the previous “barrishes” hadn’t taken place at legit places like La Mama Experimental Theatre, Dance New Amsterdam, and Bard College. A.O. Movement Collective performs at 7 p.m. at 1112 Noyes Drive, Silver Spring. $12 admission includes wine or beer. RSVP at theAOMC@gmail.com. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Saturday brings a prime opportunity to see Washington City Paper cover darling Fat Trel outside the four quadrants. Check him out at Springfield’s erstwhile hair-metal club Empire (formerly Jaxx)—-he’s bringing the whole crew down for the occasion. 7:30 p.m. at 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $12.
If you just wanna dance in a cavernous Central American restaurant, try TNT, DJ Mikhail Z.’s soul, funk, and R&B night at Haydee’s in Mt. Pleasant. Slam a sugary margarita and cut a rug. 10 p.m. at 3102 Mount Pleasant St. NW. Gloriously free. More information on Facebook. Or if you wanna dance in a narrow U Street bar, there’s Vitamin C, the monthly electro-soul/funk/everything-rare-under-the-sun night at Dodge City DJed by Future Times’ Mike Petillo (Mondo) and DJ C Rob (Chris Robinson). Check out their latest mix! 10 p.m. at 917 U St. NW. Also gloriously free. More information on Facebook.
Galinsky and Hawley’s 1994 road film Half-Cocked is a jackpot for lovers of ’90s indie rock: Tara Jane O’Neil and her band Rodan star as a group of Louisville slackers who swipe a van loaded with gear and hit the road, learning instruments as they go along. Bonus: Ian Svenonius plays an outsize version of himself, and it’s awesome. 5 p.m. at Artisphere’s Dome Theatre. $6.
In an interview with Washington City Paper last week, hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa chastised D.C. FM radio stations for not playing enough local go-go and hip-hop. D.C. rappers have long complained about the lack of airplay from mainstream radio; now, it seems they have a powerful ally. Along with DJs Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, Bambaataa helped create hip-hop: His 1982 hit, “Planet Rock,” shepherded the genre’s electro-funk sound and set a course for the creation of other computerized sounds, namely electronic dance music. So when he talks, you’d better listen. Afrika Bambaataa performs with All Good Funk Alliance, Fort Knox Five, and Nappy Riddem at 9 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10. ustreetmusichall.com. (202) 588-1880. (Marcus J. Moore)
Also consider checking out Swenka, a pan-African/African diaspora dance party that goes late Sunday night with DJs Munch, Brian Senyo, and Mothersheister. There’s even a fashion contest. Think big! 9 p.m. at Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW. Free.
The end of the world is pretty hard to fathom. Think The Road, alien attacks, or nuclear meltdown. But in the latest play at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, which has been probing the depths of our apocalyptic imaginings all season, doomsday is accompanied by the end of technology. In Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, the end of television, radio, and the Internet—and the consequential demise of pop culture—is as cataclysmic as it gets. Usually, in an apocalypse story, love or heroics save the day, if it’s saved at all. In Mr. Burns, salvation begins with some guys sitting around a campfire and musing over episodes of The Simpsons. Maybe the apocalypse doesn’t have to be so depressing after all; in this rollicking comedy, technology’s creative spirit transcends the airwaves that once carried it. Woolly is also hosting a roster of programs to accompany the play’s opening, including Simpsons trivia nights at area bars through Thursday. You should go. Think of it this way: Keep the pop-culture-media complex humming, and the world might not end. Pay-what-you-can previews at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. The show runs Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. to July 1. $30 and up. woollymammoth.net. (202) 393-3939. (Julia Fisher)
Or: Have a picnic and enjoy the fact that you’re not at work. Savor your long weekend, everyone.
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