Friday-Saturday: Rachelle Ferrell’s musical skills cut across multiple genres: R&B, classical, jazz and pop. She spent years working with such musical greats as Patti LaBelle and Lou Rawls before emerging as a solo artist. Her shows at the Birchmere should be a night of eclectic sounds. Tickets are $59.50. (The Saturday show is sold out.)
Friday-April 26: Arena Stage presents the premiere of John Strand’s play "The Originalist," starring four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Edward Gero as conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The play examines the relationship between Scalia and a new law clerk as they work on a challenging case. Tickets are $75-$119.
Saturday: DC United starts its season at 3 p.m. against the Montreal Impact at RFK. Supporting D.C. United has been a roller coaster ride in recent years, as the team swung from a historically bad 2013 to the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals in 2014. While the threat of a work stoppage hangs over the start of the 2015 season — the league’s 20th anniversary — United fans expect the team to contend in the Eastern Conference once again. Tickets are $25-$55.
Saturday: Local independent record label Carpark Records is turning sweet 16. DC9 is hosting this celebration of the off-beat electronic and ambient acts that Carpark has released. Lexie Mountain Boys, Adventure, Jimmy Whispers and more are scheduled to perform. Tickets are $16.
Saturday-Sunday: The Travel & Adventure Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center aims to enrich your life with the thrill of a global journey. Start your next trip at this annual expo, which provides information on vacation destinations, special deals, cooking demonstrations and more. Tickets are $11 online, $16 at the door. Free for younger than 16.
Saturday-Sunday: Hayao Miyazaki's hand-drawn, animated films are treasured by the cinephile community. Beginning Saturday and running every weekend through April 12, Landmark’s E Street Cinema will host a series of Saturday and Sunday matinees of select films from Studio Ghibli, the production company Miyazaki co-founded in 1985 with filmmaker Isao Takahata.
Sunday: The District’s own Rare Essence could be the first go-go act to play the acclaimed South by Southwest music festival. But the band needs your help to get to Austin and is playing a benefit gig at the Howard Theatre to raise travel funds. EU, Black Alley and DC Loves Dilla join Rare Essence for the show. Tickets are $25-45.