Liberation Dance Party—that absurdly fun event that takes place in DC9’s tiny quarters on Fridays—hosts the bands Dragonette and Think About Life. They take the stage at 11, and doors open at 9. The show is $8.
Georgetown is trading cupcakes for baguettes this weekend during its seventh Annual French Market. More than 30 shops and vendors are participating with such specials as $4 sweet and savory crêpes from Café Bonaparte and 70 percent off select items at the Magic Wardrobe. The event, held along Wisconsin Avenue between P Street and Reservoir Road, runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5. Visit georgetowndc.com for information.
Somewhere between Beauty Shop and Alpha Dog, Queen Latifah joined forces with Bruce Willis to produce The Hip Hop Project. The 2006 documentary, which is about New York City teenagers who use hip-hop for self-empowerment, is showing at the Historical Society of Washington, DC (801 K St., NW; 202-383-1800) Saturday at 2. Following the 88-minute film, there’ll be an audience discussion. Free.
As part of its “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas” exhibit, the National Museum of the American Indian is putting on the play Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers. The author, William S. Yellow Robe Jr., writes about racial identity in his story of Craig Robe, a descendant of a Native American grandmother and an African-American grandfather. The performance, which takes place on the first level of the museum in the Rasmuson Theater, starts at 7:30.
Make your Saturday night a little more risqué with the Wasabassco Traveling Burlesque Revue and Medicine Show at the Palace of Wonders. Stars include reigning Miss Coney Island Gigi La Femme, Nasty Canasta, Cherry Bomb, Sapphire Jones, and the self-proclaimed Kingpin of Burlesque, Doc Wasabassco. The $10 show goes on Saturday at 9:30 and 11:30.
To celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s birthday, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra is playing a tribute concert Saturday at the outdoor Sylvan Theater on the National Mall. West Point’s Jazz Knights and Howard University’s Afro-Blue will give the opening performances. The concert starts at 5.
Get reacquainted with Frodo, Sam, and the whole middle-earth gang at the Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse during the Lord of the Rings movie festival. You can see all ten hours of the Peter Jackson trilogy for $8. The screening runs from noon to 10 on Sunday.
George Washington University English professor Gayle Wald, who specializes in 20th century African-American literature, is leading a free discussion on Ernest J. Gaines’s famous novel, A Lesson Before Dying, Sunday at 5 at Politics and Prose.
Bloom Bars (3222 11th St., NW), the Columbia Heights performance space with a soft spot for local talent, hosts “A Thousand Blooms,” a photography/fashion show/short-film extravaganza Sunday at 6. At 9 PM, an acoustic jam session will begin. Go here for more details. Suggested donation is $6.