Britney Coleman (l, Barbara), Will Burton (Adam), Isabella Esler (Lydia), and Justin Collette (Beetlejuice) star in Beetlejuice at National Theatre through May 28; Credit Matthew Murphy, 2022

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Friday: Kiko el Crazy at Diamond Lounge

On Dominican vocalist Kiko el Crazy’s recent second album, Pila’e Teteo, the artist born Jose Alberto Rojas Peralta keeps his foot on the gas and sticks with motor-mouthed Dominican slang Spanish over his home country’s relentless dembow beats. Joined by guest vocalists on most tracks, the fluorescent pink-haired Kiko raps and sings about lust, sex, and partying, and while the phrases may not wow on paper, his distinctive pronunciation and stretching of words, clever intonation changes, and use of humor gives the phrases sparkle and punch coming out of a speaker. No wonder Bad Bunny sampled him and Rosalía quoted his catchphrase, “La Pámpara.” This second album offers a bit of a change in approach from Kiko’s debut, Llego el Domi, where he tried to reach multiple audiences by mixing in pop reggaeton, traditional Caribbean elements, and EDM club rhythms in addition to the dembow, which, like reggaeton, is descended from reggae dancehall. On Teteo, Kiko’s producers don’t offer mainstream crossover flavorings, just 15 fast-tempoed numbers in just under 38 minutes. They keep this single-minded intensity from tediousness by contrasting the staccato beats with Kiko’s vocals and guest voices from the likes of Angel Dior and Mala Rodriguez that similarly sing, shout, spit, and converse with him at supersonic speeds. On one album highlight, “Pichirry,” Kiko’s fast but conversational flow alternates with veteran vocalist El Alfa’s high-pitched, cartoonish delivery. While Kiko’s guests won’t be with him live, expect his DJ to help him convey these duets. Kiko el Crazy plays at 9 p.m. on May 19 at Diamond Lounge, 7203 Little River Tpke., Annandale. $50. —Steve Kiviat

Saturday and Sunday: Georgetown Rare Book Fair at City Tavern Club

Whether you’re looking for one last volume to complete your book collection or just want to browse, Georgetown is the place to be this weekend. The Georgetown Rare Book Fair is returning for a second year at the City Tavern Club and will host 30 antique booksellers from across the U.S. Organized by Fine Book Fairs, a new organization designed to create a bespoke, multicity rare book-buying experience, the event is designed to offer collectors a show that brings the community together to celebrate books and booksellers in historical buildings. What does that mean for you? It’s an opportunity to purchase books you simply cannot get anywhere else. And you won’t find a more appropriate venue for a rare book fair—the City Tavern Club is one of the oldest buildings in D.C. Constructed in 1796, the venue originally hosted the Founding Fathers as they chilled during the Capitol’s construction. The Club is also hosting a ticketed, $50-entry preview on May 19 with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails the night before the official event. If you just can’t wait to see the rare books, make sure to sign up. Otherwise, you can drop by at any time this weekend. The Georgetown Rare Book Fair runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 20 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 21 at the City Tavern Club. 3206 M St. NW. Free. —Tristan Jung

Courtesy of Fine Book Fairs

Sunday: Take Me to Town at AFI Silver 

“I certainly believe that happiness exists, if only by the simple fact that it can be destroyed.” Director Douglas Sirk sums up his stark sensibility in a way that seems more suitable to German new wave director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, whose fevered, prolific output in the 1970s was frequently inspired by Sirk. But Hollywood’s master of tear-jerking melodrama had a lighter side, too, and that’s on view in one of the rarer titles in the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center series Magnificent Obsessions: The Films of Douglas Sirk. In the 1953 film Take Me To Town, Ann Sheridan stars as the deliciously named Vermillion OToole, a Wild West saloon singer (read: sex worker) on the lam for a crime she didn’t commit. Hiding out in a small frontier town, she makes the acquaintance of three young boys whose widowed father (Sterling Hayden)—who happens to be the local preacher—might just be looking for a wife. Sounds like a straightforward slice of Americana, right? But all is not so straight in Sirk. For a film from the presumably innocent 1950s, there’s some hair-raising innuendo, as the boys assure Vermillion that Pop likes her because of “the way he looks at your meat pies.” And the highly artificial sets culminate in a chase scene set in a mountain pass that’s a barely disguised soundstage. What do you get when you cross Hollywood cliches and Sirk’s ironic distance? Camp, and in a 35mm print, glorious camp in colors that may or may not exist in nature. Of course, this series offers Sirk’s greatest hits too, like the 1956 masterpiece Written on the Wind (June 24, 26, 28, and 29). But don’t miss your chance to see seldom-screened titles like this strangely uncomfortable romantic comedy. It’s lesser Sirk, but it’s still fascinating. Take Me to Town screens at 5:10 p.m. on May 21 at AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $13.Pat Padua

Tuesday: A Night on the Farm at Common Good City Farm

The farm; Courtesy of Common Good City Farm

Every year, Common Good City Farm puts together A Night on the Farm to raise money for the farm’s educational programming and general operations. This year, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the farm is partnering with two new vendors—Kam & 46 and Chinese Street Market—that will integrate in farm produce to truly offer a farm-to-table experience. “This is a great opportunity for people to see directly the farm, eat dinner at the farm, and have that farm-to-table experience,” Deputy Director Josephine Chu tells City Paper. Organizers see the event as a great way to introduce Washingtonians to Common Good City Farm. And it’s not often you get to see a farm right in the middle of the city—Common Good is one of the few urban farms in D.C., and very accessible to residents. “You don’t have to go out to the boonies, you don’t have to go an hour away,” Kailasa Aqeel, communications and events manager says. “You can take the Metro, you can walk there, you can bike there.” As Chu put it, it’s a little oasis in the city. A Night on the Farm takes place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on May 23 at Common Good City Farm, 300 V St. NW. $100–$150. —Hannah Docter-Loeb 

Through May 28: Beetlejuice at National Theatre

Danielle Marie Gonzalez (Miss Argentina) and Tour Company of Beetlejuice at National Theatre through May 28; Credit: Matthew Murphy, 2022

The classic horror comedy Beetlejuice is now old enough to run for president, and a long-awaited sequel was recently confirmed, giving Tim Burton fans a reason to break into song and dance. What better time for the touring Broadway production of a musical theater version of the tale to come to town? The Beetlejuice musical originally had a D.C. tryout before moving to Broadway, and the tour is landing right back where it started. The demonic ghoul who only appears when you say his name three times may seem a peculiar choice to emcee a musical theater production, but the show recognizes the silliness of the situation and calls it out, along with the departures from the original film. In this tale, teenage Lydia is mourning the death of her mother and moves into a new house that happens to be haunted by the souls of recently deceased married couple Adam and Barbara Maitland and the titular trouble-making demon. Lydia wants out of this house, so she teams up with the Maitlands to scare off her father, his girlfriend, and his business investors. Unfortunately, the promise of a haunted house with genuine ghosts is too good for real estate investors to pass up, and it quickly becomes a moneymaker. Speaking of moneymakers, it’s fair to be skeptical of art that relies on leveraging existing intellectual property, and to wonder what value add there is in seeing it in a different permutation. The madcap energy of the original film is well suited to being seen afresh, with cheeky songs and clever lyrics, a fun-house set full of trap doors, and some truly spectacular puppets. Legally Blonde: The Musical isn’t going to deliver on the threat of “the scenery is fake here, but there’s a giant snake here,” but Beetlejuice sure will. Beetlejuice runs through May 28 at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $45–$200. —Stephanie Rudig