‘Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye, The Farewell Tour’
There are one-man comedy acts and then there’s Barry Humphries, better known as Dame Edna Everage, above,. Humphries says he’s retiring from showbiz, which makes this Dame Edna tour his last. Luckily, fans can say goodbye to the snobby, quotable, cat eye glasses-wearing queen at the National Theatre from Thursday through Sunday, during a show he’s been taking around the world for the past couple of years. That is, unless Humphries decides to change his mind. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Thu.-Sun., various times and prices.
Of all the dirty, suggestive pop songs to hit it big in the 2000s, Sean Paul’s “Temperature” was probably the strangest, with its dancehall beat and atonal synths that seemed to foreshadow our current trap movement in hip-hop. It also got people to dance. Expect lots of that at Sean Paul’s show Thursday. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW; Thu.,
7 p.m., $45-$150.
2015 DMC Washington DC Regional DJ Battle
Anyone can press play on a laptop or spin a record, but real DJing requires a lot of skill. You need fast fingers to scratch, a good ear for samples and a sense of spontaneity. On Friday, you can watch the best local DJs compete for a spot in the 2015 DMC US Finals. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW; Fri., 6 p.m., $10.
Matt Butler’s ever-evolving jam band collective, the Everyone Orchestra, is always unpredictable. Each show features a new lineup and a spontaneous musical creation. For Friday’s show, Butler will be joined by improv all-stars from Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth and String Cheese Incident. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW; Fri., 9 p.m., $22-$45.
‘The Blood Quilt’
Katori Hall’s world-premiere play “The Blood Quilt,” above, is about four disconnected sisters who come together to cope with their mother’s death by making a family quilt in her honor. But before long, the story turns to the reading of her will, with the sisters quarreling over their individual inheritances. It’s a funny, touching play about loss and the way familial relationships have a tendency to grow strained over time. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW; Fri. through June 7, various times and prices.
Brazilian jazz artist Gilberto Gil has had quite the prolific career. He’s most famous for being an early pioneer of tropicalia, but he’s also dabbled in other genres, such as reggae, rock and disco. Expect a little bit of everything when he performs at Lisner on Friday, except maybe heavy metal. Unless the wily Gil has a new influence we don’t know about. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW; Fri., 8 p.m., $45-$75.
Ute Lemper, ‘Forever: The Love Poems of Pablo Neruda’
Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda was known for being a hopeless romantic, so it makes sense that German cabaret singer Ute Lemper is setting his poems to music on Saturday at Sixth & I. Like Neruda, she has an incredible capacity for channeling emotion and passion through art. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue,600 I St. NW; Sat., 8 p.m., $38.
Broccoli City Festival
This year, the annual Earth Day celebration features sets from Erykah Badu (as DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown), rapper Joey Bada$$ and Smith sibs Willow and Jaden. There will also be plenty of food options, craft vendors and art installations. St. Elizabeth East Gateway Pavilion, 1100 Alabama Ave. SE; Sat., noon- 9 p.m., $45.
Did Julie Andrews’ surprise appearance at the end of Lady Gaga’s Oscars tribute to “The Sound of Music” make you tear up? Consider checking out Andrews’ talk at Strathmore with Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks. There will be no singing from the iconic actress at this event, but that doesn’t mean you can’t belt a couple of bars from “My Favorite Things” while you’re waiting for her to take the stage. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda; Sat., 9 p.m., $145-$175.
If there’s a place in the District that always seems to book the best go-go bills, it’s the Howard Theatre, and this show, featuring Backyard Band (aka “The Bad Boys of Go-Go”), is no exception. Come out and dance on Saturday. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW; Sat., 11:30 p.m., $10-$15.
Six Organs of Admittance
Ben Chasny, who records as Six Organs of Admittance, has been releasing records at a torrid pace since the late ’90s. If you’ve heard his stuff, you know that his dreamy, psych folk style and innovative guitar playing are reasons enough to check him out live. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW; Sun., 9 p.m., $12.
John Mellencamp is quite the patriot. His new album has a song called “Freedom of Speech,” and “Our Country” has become a national anthem for truck drivers everywhere. Expect those USA-centric songs in between hits like “Small Town” and “Jack & Diane” when he comes to Constitutional Hall. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW; Sun., 7:30 p.m., $40.50-$127.50.
‘Lord of the Rings’ Movie Festival
Have you ever tried watching all three “Lord of the Rings” movies in one day? You can on Sunday at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, which is hosting a festival for the beloved trilogy, complete with trivia, costume awards and a Gollum impersonation contest. How precious. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington; Sun., noon, $10.
If you’re a Zayn Malik purist and refuse to listen to One Direction without him, you can move on to a different boy band, one that’s now old enough to be a man band: O-Town, above. You may remember the group from the reality series “Making the Band” or for the song “Liquid Dreams.” The recently reunited group comes to D.C. to perform at Howard Theatre on Monday night. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW; Mon., 7 p.m., $20-$25.
Three Man Soul Machine
Capital Fringe presents this early-evening concert from Three Man Soul Machine, which includes members of The Funk Ark, The Harry Bells, See-I and Thievery Corporation. Southwest Neighborhood Library, 900 Wesley Place SW, Tue., 6:30 p.m., free.
Maris Briezkalns Quintet
The acoustic-jazz band from Latvia will perform works inspired by avant-garde painter Mark Rothko at this free Millennium Stage performance. What more do you need to know? Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Wed., 6 p.m., free.