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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/03/2011

Weekend Update: Summer’s hottest concerts


(Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
Summer concert season has arrived and in today’s Weekend section, you’ll find a guide on how to navigate it. We looked at eight different categories of music and highlighted the can’t-miss shows hitting the area in the months ahead, from Animal Collective to Youssou N’Dour.

Here’s the rest of what’s inside today’s Weekend (which you can also flip through digitally):

Our picks for the weekend ahead: We like a family day of jazz with the Going Out Gurus at the Phillips Collection, the Vintage Virginia wine festival and the Dupont Kalorama Museum walk.

•On Friday and Saturday an advertised 100-plus bands will perform at six U Street-area venues as part of the Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival. And on Saturday, '80s surfer band the Barracudas play at Comet Ping Pong.

In his review of Jacques’ Brasserie, the downstairs, less-expensive version of L’Auberge Chez Francois, Tom Sietsema finds an a la carte menu and a no-jacket-required environment.

•Looking for a lunch bite? On 14th Street, Point Chaud serves sweet and savory crepes, Illy coffee and house-made gelato.

•Quick spins of new recordings by Laura Cantrell (Saturday at Jammin’ Java); Man Man (Friday at the Black Cat); All Tiny Creatures (Tuesday at Velvet Lounge); Levon Helm (Thursday at Wolf Trap); and Dengue Fever (Wednesday at the Black Cat).

•Got visitors this summer? Save this itinerary, and you'll be all set.

•Take a hiking tour at Pennsylvania's Hawk Mountain Sanctuary to spot birds of prey.

•A new twist on the Zumba exercise craze makes a splash.

•In “NASA/Art: 50 Years of Exploration,” the traveling exhibition, which opened last weekend at the Air and Space museum, features works from artists Annie Leibovitz, Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and William Wegman.

•This weekend is your last chance to catch "Gauguin: Maker of Myth" at the National Gallery of Art.

June's impressive explosion of theater promises Tony-winning musicals, ,a dance troupe's long overdue return to the area and a sinewy take on Cervantes.

At the movies, the wait is finally over for Terrence Mallick’s mysterious “The Tree of Life,” while “X-Men: First Class” has blockbuster potential. Click through to read reviews.

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