Weekend’s best: Washington Auto Show, “Fela!” and the Pharcyde

"Fela!" returns to Washington for the third time, with singer Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child joining the cast. (Courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Maya Angelou

Literary types, here's a reason to cut out of work early on Friday: Best-selling civil rights activist, author and educator Maya Angelou makes a stop in Washington for a dialogue with Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art. The talk is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at the National Museum of the American Indian, but get there early to grab a seat.

Friday Night Eclectic

Strathmore's fourth season of indie shows aimed at 20- and 30-somethings kicks off with the band Bellflur, who've curated a concept night, "The Ghosts of Handsome Skin," that will mesh 11 performances -- music, art and theater -- around the Mansion. Friday at 9 p.m.

Washington Auto Show

The charm of the Auto Show isn't that you can shop for your next car. It's that it functions as kind of crystal ball for the wants and needs of the American public. Is the economy improving? Big, luxury cars at the Auto Show will be the harbinger. Read the tea leaves this weekend, when the show returns for a 10 day run at the Convention Center. Friday through Feb. 10.

Hand Drawn Bazaar

Illustrator Elizabeth Graeber, who has collaborated with local authors on books about cocktails, pie and more, has been selling her work at a pop-up bazaar at Artisphere since January. The sale comes to an end Sunday, so stop by to peruse what's left of her hand-drawn art.


"Fela!" returns for its third run in Washington, and this time singer Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child fame joins the cast. (She won't appear Friday through Sunday). The story of the Nigerian musician and political activist, told through music, was a Washington favorite when it came to town in previous visits. If you missed it, here's your chance to see it through Feb. 10.

"Good People"

Facing eviction and all the problems that come with life in South Boston's Lower End, Margaret Walsh, a single mother, tries to rekindle a relationship with an old flame who has made it to a better life in "Good People," which begins its run at Arena Stage on Friday. Expect this drama to be, well, dramatic, as it was written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, the man behind "Rabbit Hole." Friday through March 10.

National Pisco Sour Day Happy Hour

The "holiday" isn't actually till Saturday, but Cuba Libre is celebrating it with a happy hour Friday, with $5 Pisco Sour cocktails from 4:30 to 6:30, plus raffles and prizes at the bar. Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Pharcyde

Twenty years after its release, the Pharcyde's "Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde" remains a singular creative achievement that defies comparison to other hip-hop albums. It was one of a handful of records that gave the weirdos a seat at the table of gangsta-dominated West Coast hip-hop. The group has had a bumpy history since, suffering from the types of infighting seen in any rock and roll biopic. But Fatlip and Slimkid3 are on the road performing "Bizarre Ride" in its entirety at the Howard Theatre, accompanied by producers L.A. Jay and J-Sw!ft and and a multimedia retrospective. Saturday at 8 p.m.

"One Man Star Wars Trilogy"

He's back and ready to help you geek out. Actor and playwright Charles Ross spends just one hour acting out this breathless, very strange version of the three original "Star Wars" films for your fanboy/girl enjoyment. Expect a few laughs and some jaw drops during this mile-a-minute show at the Birchmere. Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Super Bowl 47

The Washington Redskins might have come up short in their quest for the Super Bowl, but life and football go on. Even if you're still pondering, "What if?" you know you'll land in front of a television on Sunday watching the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers in the biggest game of the year. More than 165 million people tuned in last year, and even if you don't have an emotional stake in the game, what else are you going to talk about on Monday? Bonus points are yours if you take a trip to watch the game in Baltimore.

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Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.



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