Lots of sold-out shows are on deck this weekend, including Father John Misty, Broods, and Kacey Musgraves. Plus, on Thursday, there’s a book talk with Susan Orlean and Alexandra Horowitz at Sixth & I and the opening of “Monster Fish” at National Geographic.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26
COMEDY: You may already know comedian Pablo Francisco from his Comedy Central specials—or that viral video of him doing a fantastic impression of “The Movie Trailer Guy.” Want to find out more? He’ll be cracking jokes all weekend long at the DC Improv. 8 PM, $30.
ART: Music and art collide at this event at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The evening begins with an art talk about Korean-American artist Nam June Paik and ends with a concert by Baby Bry Bry and the Apologists. The event is free, and there will be a cash bar peddling snacks and drinks. 5:30 to 7 PM.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27
PARTY: Get your party on at Smithsonian at 8, a fete at La Maison Francaise. The party includes food and drink from more than 30 embassies, including Cameroon, Switzerland, and Laos. Music will be provided by Haitian songwriter Emeline Michel, followed by DJ Princess Slaya. 7 to 11 PM, $40. Cash bar starts at 9 PM.
THEATER: A puppet show! But not just any puppet show. The Pigeoning, a dialogue-free, comedic show at the Dome Theatre, was hailed as an “exquisitely rendered, very funny bunraku puppet play” by the New York Times. 8 PM, $20.
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
ROLLER DERBY: Guys, this is a big weekend. Not only will Washington host a puppet show, but there will also be a roller derby, where the Scare Force One’s will be pitted against the Cherry Blossom Bombshells, and the Majority Whips will battle it out with the DC DemonCats. May the best skater win. 4 PM, $15.
DANCE: New York-based company Jessica Lang Dance will perform its first evening-length performance in DC this season. Scheduled to take place at the GW Lisner Auditorium, the performance will likely feature the combination of ballet and contemporary dance that the company is known for. 8 PM, $25 to $38.
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
MUSIC: San Francisco-native Hanni El Khatib will perform songs from his latest album, Moonlight, at the Rock & Roll Hotel. 7 PM, $15.
MUSIC: Feeling nostalgic? Check out this Motown Tribute at the Howard Theatre, featuring the music of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and Aretha Franklin, performed by Brencore Allstars, a local 12-piece band. 7:30 PM, $29.50 to $60.
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