Fri.Ethiopian jazz artist Mulatu Astatke performs two shows at the Unification Church in Northwest Washington (202-262-8134 or 202-462-5700 for info). A longtime favorite in his native country, he has gained new fans with his soundtrack work for the film "Broken Flowers." . . . The "Axis of Evil Comedy Tour" takes the stage at Lisner Auditorium (202-994-6800). The show features Ahmed Ahmed, Aron Kader and Maz Jobrani. Opening the show is Maysoon Zayid. . . . Rap trio Digable Planets, who put on a solid show earlier this year at the 9:30 club, take the stage at Sonar (410-327-8333) in Baltimore. . . . It's a big weekend for reality TV participants. Bobby Brown was somewhat erratic and oddly fascinating on Bravo's "Being Bobby Brown," and he's scheduled to appear at Love (202-636-9030). Brown, of course, was one of the stars on the pop R&B scene as a member of New Edition and became one of the more successful practitioners of the "new jack swing" sound. That was before drugs and marriage to Whitney Houston took him out of the music mags and into the tabloids.
Sat.If you're a devoted fan of such shows as VH1's "The Surreal Life" and "I Love the '80s," you may want to get off the couch and head to the State Theatre (703-237-0300) to see Jordan Knight. Knight, a former New Kid on the Block and a cast member of one of the incarnations of "Surreal Life," will sing songs from his solo career plus a few NKOTB hits.
Sun.Punky Nakatomi Plaza (if you're thinking, "That name sounds familiar," go watch "Die Hard" again), Fire When Ready and Shock Cinema are at Warehouse Next Door (202-783-3933).
Mon.Latin music fans, take note: "Salsa," a documentary and performance film centering on a 1973 Yankee Stadium concert by the Fania All Stars featuring Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Johnny Pacheco, Mongo Santamaria, Ricardo Ray, Bobby Cruz, Billy Cobham and Manu Dibango, is being shown as part of the Monday night jazz and soul series at the Library of Congress's Pickford Theater (202-707-5677).
Tues.Bob Saget works blue. Very blue. Deep indigo, royal blue. If you like him only because you thought he was nice on "Full House" or "America's Funniest Home Videos," be warned -- you should stay home. But if you liked "The Aristocrats," you should get a seat for his show at Lisner Auditorium (202-994-6800).
Thurs.The always entertaining De La Soul is rapping at Sonar (410-327-8333). Whether the group is drawing on its pioneering style of early works, or kicking it in its more recent hardcore style, De La always excels on the microphone. . . . Jazz giant Maynard Ferguson is at Blues Alley (202-337-4141). The trumpeter is beginning a four-night run at the club.
-- Curt Fields