"Saturday Night Live" star Melissa Villaseñor brings here impressions and observations to D.C. this weekend. (VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

Melissa Villaseñor

The “Saturday Night Live” star is headlining a weekend at the DC Improv, an upgrade from her one-night performance there last year. Known for her impressions on “SNL,” where she lampoons the likes of Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani and Owen Wilson, Villaseñor peppers her stand-up with imitations. But it’s not all characters, as the 31-year-old also weaves personal stories and thoughts on celebrity culture into her self-described brand of “dorky comedy.” DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW; Thu.-Sat., various times, sold out.

‘America the Game Show’

Are you up to snuff on U.S. history? The latest cheeky production from D.C.-based Astro Pop Events, “America the Game Show” will test your knowledge with such interactive games as “The 1% Relay.” In between games, “Drunkle Sam” will offer booze-filled commentary and present “Naked Moments in American History.” GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW; Fri., 9 p.m., Sat., 8 p.m., $22-$25.

DC Zinefest

Over 70 local creatives will showcase their work at the ninth annual DC Zinefest, offering attendees the chance to discover and purchase some of D.C.’s indie zines. Local illustrator Lily Strelich is also making limited-edition posters in honor of the event. Art Enables, 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission.

‘How Did This Get Made?’

For nearly a decade, comedians and actors Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas have been giving people a reason to sit through bad movies with the podcast “How Did This Get Made?” On each episode, the improv veterans and a celebrity guest hilariously dissect a terrible movie by running through the plot, quoting lines and questioning odd artistic choices. During Sunday’s live show, the Madonna film “Body of Evidence” will go under their microscope. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW; Sun., 7:30 p.m. $45.

‘Purple Rain’ 35th Anniversary Party

“Purple Rain” marked a turning point in Prince’s career — the moment when the musician became a pop culture icon. To celebrate the 1984 film’s 35th anniversary, the National Museum of American History will host a screening preceded by a party featuring music, cocktails, a Prince impersonator and Prince’s yellow cloud guitar, which will be on display. National Museum of American History, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW; Mon., 6:30 p.m., sold out.

John Mayer

Fans who have been waiting for John Mayer to take a break from his side gig in Dead & Company can rest easy. The guitarist is returning to his solo work with an arena tour that promises two full sets a night and rotating setlists. Unlike in 2017, he’s not touring behind a new album, just two recent singles: “New Light” and “I Guess I Just Feel Like.” Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW; Tue., 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$189.50.


After spending time on the road supporting The Shins and The Lumineers, Richmond-based Sleepwalkers is finally releasing a follow-up to 2014’s “Greenwood Shade” on Friday. The new album, “Ages,” is full of bright, maximalist pop rock — perfect for dancing to on a sweaty summer night. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW; Wed., 8 p.m., $12-$15.