March 31: Holly Bowling
Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW; Fri., 8 p.m., $25.
The notion of classic music gets turned on its head Friday at The Hamilton when pianist Holly Bowling opens for envelope-pushing Brooklyn orchestral collective The Knights. Though Bowling is classically trained, she won’t won’t be playing the work of Bach or Brahms. Instead, Bowling reinterprets the music of jam bands Phish and the Grateful Dead for solo piano, even going so far as to transcribe both bands’ live concert improvisations, while also adding her own off-the-cuff explorations.
April 1: ‘Singleling’
Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW; Sat., 9:30 p.m., $12-$15.
On her podcast “Singleling,” Vanessa Valerio showcases love and dating stories from comedians and regular folks. The live version of the show comes to D.C. this weekend, when comedians and storytellers Jeff Simmermon, Keith Mellnick and Vijai Nathan will dish on their best (or worst) love affairs. Erika Ettin, from the dating website A Little Nudge, will offer tips for the singles in the audience.
April 2: Thao
Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE; Sun., 8 p.m., $20.
Virginia-bred, San Francisco-based Thao Nguyen — of indie rock band Thao & the Get Down Stay Down — is coming home to the Rock and Roll Hotel Sunday as part of a rare solo tour, which finds the singer stripping down her songs in small venues.
April 5-May 7: ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’
Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW; Wed. through May 7, various times and prices.
Playwright Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” follows a 15-year-old in 1930s Brooklyn who dreams of girls and playing for the Yankees. Throughout the play, directed by Matt Torney, the boy in question, Eugene Morris Jerome (played by Cole Sitilides), shares his observations on life, love, family and growing pains.