That’s right, City Desk readers, we’ll be here on Saturdays and Sundays now, helping you make weekend plans. Wondering where you should eat tonight? Young & Hungry has you covered. Itching to see some live music? Hilary Crowe’s music roundup will update all weekend as will the Summer Music Guide.

The take-away here is that you’re not alone this weekend.

-Today’s and tonight’s concerts, from the Summer Music Guide:

  • 9:30 Club: Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Attracted to Gods. $25.
  • 8 X 10: The Rez, Second Self, Luca. $10.
  • Bangkok Blues: Scott Ramminger & Friends, Mike Terpak Blues Explosion. Call for price.
  • Birchmere: Etta James & the Roots Band. (SOLD OUT).
  • Champions Billiards: Zipper. Free.
  • IOTA Club & Cafe: Scott Miller, Paleface. $15.
  • Jaxx: Apex Booking and Outerloop Presents The Second Annual Up In Smoke Fest: Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Thy Will Be Done, In Alcatraz 1962, Fifth Column, Beyond the Call, A Gentleman Calling, Brutallion, Life After Hours, Embers From The Altar, For Malice. $13 .
  • Kennedy Center Opera House: Washington National Opera: Puccini’s “Turandot” (May 16–June 4) $45–$300.
  • Love: Drake. Call for price.
  • Music Center at Strathmore: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: “Soulful Symphony: The Sounds of Motown.” $25–$55.
  • Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium: Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival: The Chesapeake Bay Ladies of Blues, Sugar Blue, Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam, The Lonnie Brooks Band, Ana Popovic, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Los Lonely Boys. $45-$115.
  • The Red & the Black: Von Iva, Semi Precious Weapons, Maybe Tomorrow. $10.
  • Rock & Roll Hotel: Middle Distance Runner, Pretty & Nice, Loose Lips, Drink Up Buttercup. $10.
  • Velvet Lounge: Impossible Hair, The Lampshades, Great Nostalgic. $8.

-The 9:30 Club is hosting “Bach to Rock,” a mini-music festival with bands made up of k-12 musicians. Elementary and middle school kids play today and tomorrow and high-schoolers play June 6 at the 9: 30 Club. Tix are $5. More info from the presser: “2009 B2R Battle of the Bands will be held at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 16,  from 10 am to 3 pm,  Sunday, May 17, from 10 am to 3 pm and Saturday, 6 June, 1pm-7 pm. This edition of the B2R Battle of the Bands brings together more than 250 local students enrolled in B2R’s Jam Program who will showcase their talent and compete for the winning title.  This will be the 4th edition of the musical competition.”

-Some fantastic theater shows are closing this weekend, including: Monday Evening 1942 closes tomorrow at the Writer’s Center, Ragtime closes tomorrow at the Kennedy Center, The Woman Who Amuses Herself closes tonight at the H Street Playhouse.


  • STACEYANN CHIN discusses and signs copies of The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir.
    Busboys and Poets,, 2021 14th St. NW. Sat., 5/16, at 4 p.m. Free (202) 387-7638
  • JULIE GREENE discusses and signs copies of The Canal Builders.
    Politics and Prose,, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Sun., 5/17, at 1 p.m. Free. (202) 364-1919.
  • C.M. MAYO, YVETTE NEISSER MORENO, AND LUIS ALBERTO AMBROGGIO read from and discuss their works. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. Sun., 5/17, at 2 p.m. Free (donations encouraged). (301) 654-8664.
  • “Moving with the Spirit: The Sacred Jazz of Mary Lou Williams” at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. From the presser: “Mary Lou Williams biographer Dr. Tammy Kernodle and pianist and composer Deanna Witkowski explore Williams’s sacred jazz works. Part of the 14th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. A Performance Plus™ program as part of the 14th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.”