Beauty Pill

D.C.-based indie pop act Beauty Pill recently ended a long drought with “Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are,” its first album since 2004’s Dischord-released “The Unsustainable Lifestyle.” The band will celebrate the record with three shows at Artisphere this weekend, which also happens to be the place where the band recorded it.

Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., sold out.



L.A.-based  hip-hop artist ILoveMakonnen’s story is an improbable one. Sheer Internet serendipity caused the rapper’s song “Club Goin’ Up on a Tuesday” to reach Drake, whose remix of the track became a smash success last year. Now he’s on a cross-country tour. The future is pretty cool, isn’t it?

Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW; Fri., 11:59 p.m., $25.

Twin Peaks

Sprightly, shaggy-haired garage rock is everywhere in indie music these days, perhaps even more omnipresent than David Lynch puns. Chicago-based band Twin Peaks gives you both. Watch the group get crazy on Friday at the Rock and Roll Hotel, where you can expect to hear tunes from last year’s acclaimed album, “Wild Onion.”

Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE; Fri., 9 p.m., $12-$14.


The Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis” — loosely based on the life of 1950s-era DJ Dewey Phillips — tells a story that feels timeless, thanks to the ways in which it addresses race, romance and, of course, music. Now a touring production, “Memphis” lands in Washington for a three-show engagement this weekend.

Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW; Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 2 & 8 p.m., $42-$72.

Al Madrigal

Al Madrigal doesn’t appear on “The Daily Show” as much these days (he’s busy acting on NBC’s “About a Boy”) but he’ll always have a job as the show’s lone Latino Correspondent. And he’s a gifted stand-up with a knack for telling personal stories. See for yourself in Arlington.

Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington; Fri., 7:30 & 10:15 p.m., Sat., 7 & 10 p.m., $22.



Spring is here, which means it’s time for this year’s Fruhlingsfest at the Heurich House. The fun includes scavenger hunts for the kids, live music, ice cream-making, a pig roast and beer from Virginia’s Old Ox Brewery. Translation: It’s pretty much perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Heurich House, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW; Sat., 1 p.m., ages 13 and up: $20, ages 2-12: $5.

DC Web Fest

In addition to featuring screenings of a curated selection of the best in online filmmaking and Web series’, the third annual DC Web Fest will highlight new forms of digital media, such as gaming and app developments. If you’re an Internet junkie, or just get most of your entertainment online, you won’t want to miss this. It’s like seeing the Internet in real life.

Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW; Sat., 6 p.m., $15.


Kennedy Center Spring Gala: ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing … A Celebration of Swing’

In the 1930s and 1940s, swing music and big band jazz was the popular music of the time, buoyed by artists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. On Sunday, the Kennedy Center honors the era at its annual Spring Gala. The 90-minute program will feature performances from former “Smash” star Megan Hilty, “30 Rock’s” Cheyenne Jackson, and Grammy-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard, among others.

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Sun., 8 p.m., $45-$110.

Stephin Merritt

Every time The Magnetic Fields come to the District, they seem to play Sixth & I, which is appropriate: Their mournful, baroque pop stylings deserve an ornate setup. The band’s primary songwriter Stephin Merritt will continue that Sixth & I tradition with a solo gig on Sunday, which will likely feature many Magnetic Fields songs along with cuts from his various solo projects.

Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW; Sun., 7 p.m., $30.

Listen to Your Mother DC

Being a mother can be a thankless job. It’s also a subject ripe for artistic inspiration. At Listen to Your Mother DC, local storytellers will offer live readings on the humor, frustration and pride that go along with motherhood. Invite your mom and share a laugh on Sunday.

National Geographic Live!, 1600 M St. NW; Sun., 2 p.m., $15.


The Bloody Mary Festival

Sure, you’ve had a Bloody Mary, but have you had the chance to sample a dozen different Bloody Marys in one sitting? In addition to three hours of unlimited drinking, this festival features sliders from Rocklands BBQ, live music and Crunkcakes. At the very least, you’ll leave with a good idea of where you’re brunching next weekend.

Blind Whino, 700 Delaware Ave. SW; Sun., 1-4 p.m., $50.


Action Bronson

Action Bronson is many things: rapper, chef, world traveler, Web series star, Vice Media poster child. These days he’s mostly been focusing on rapping, though, with the recent release of his first major-label LP “Mr. Wonderful.” Head to the Fillmore on Monday to hear cuts from that, but stay after the show to maybe eat some cuts (of meat) cooked up by Bronson himself, which he sometimes does for fans that stick around post-show.

Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Mon., 8 p.m., $25.


Sufjan Stevens

Until the release of this year’s album “Carrie and Lowell,” Sufjan Stevens had never really written an album about himself. Sure, there are traces of his past in concept records like “Michigan,” “Illinois” or “Seven Swans,” but “Carrie and Lowell” truly delves deep into his troubled upbringing, accompanied by gorgeous, lush folk melodies. Settle in for a night of singing and storytelling at Constitutional Hall on Tuesday. 

DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW; Tue., 7 p.m., sold out.


Dave Barry

Author Dave Barry seems to appear in the D.C. area every other month. This time, though, he has a legitimate reason. He’s in town to discuss his latest kids book, “The Worst Class Trip Ever,” about a group of kids who travel from Miami to the nation’s capital. He’ll host two events in honor of the book on Wednesday, first appearing at Politics and Prose in the morning, then heading to the Takoma Park Library in the evening. 

Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW; Wed., 10:30 a.m., free & Takoma Park Library, 101 Philadelphia Ave., Takoma Park, Md.; Wed., 7:30 p.m., free.

Saul Williams

It makes sense that hip-hop artist Saul Williams started out as a slam poet before finding his footing in the rap world: his rhymes are knotty, verbose and hyper-literate in the vein of an early Gil Scott-Heron. Come hear the enigmatic musician — who has worked with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor — in Falls Church on Wednesday.

State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church; Wed., 8 p.m., $20.

Want even more stuff to do this week?

Neil Gaiman and all his stories are coming to Constitution Hall

Two concerts will showcase the Library of Congress’ massive flute collection

The second annual Funk Parade promises even more funk

Canada dry (humor): Jon Dore headlines the DC Improv