Here’s the rest of what’s inside Weekend:
• A guide to the weekend’s best events, including an Elvis birthday celebration with burlesque dancers, a hip-hop/classical collaboration in Columbia Heights and a Tony-nominated play starring Holly Twyford.
• Down-home cooking comes to Columbia Heights as Acre 121 serves up smoky barbecue, house-made sauces and condiments and live music several nights a week in the former CommonWealth Gastropub space.
• In a sandwich-crazed city, it’s torta time. We pick out three of the Mexican sandwich staples worth seeking.
• Saturday’s Beauty Pill show is the culmination of the band’s “Immersive Ideal” project, in which the D.C. rock quintet transformed Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre into a recording studio over 2-1/2 weeks last summer.
• Often labeled the female Hamlet, the titular character in Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” is one of the most complex women in all of theater.
• Irish contemporary artist Aoife Collins (her first name is pronounced EE-fa) takes mundane, mass-produced items and transforms them into objets d’art through hours of labor.
• On screen, Ann Hornaday gives “Pariah” four stars: “[Director Dee] Rees ... captures the angst and brimming brio of Alike’s journey with extraordinary sensitivity and observant wit, infusing an otherwise familiar coming-of-age tale with humor, style and an ear for dialogue and music that grounds the movie in street-wise verisimilitude.”
• “Norwegian Wood” “excels at ambience with an otherworldly melancholy that saturates each scene.”