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ToDo ToDay: Nancy and Beth! Beautiful Swimmers! Holly Bass!

People know Megan Mullally can do bawdy humor but it’s her weird, subtle comedy that makes you laugh and say “WTF” at the same time. Her new musical duo, Nancy and Beth, falls into the latter category. Along with actress Stephanie Hunt, the two perform a combination of ’70s folk songs, original compositions, and situational humor in their shows.  Nancy and Beth are also known to bust out a few unexpected tunes from time to time. (See their cover of Riskay’s classic “Smell Yo’ Dick,” which recently went viral.) When they play at the Birchmere, I’m hoping for a rendition of R. Kelly’s “Feelin’ On Yo’ Booty.” Read more>>> Nancy and Beth perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50. (703) 549-7500. birchmere.com. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

Mothership, the new restaurant from El Floridano food truck owner Stephan Boillon, is finally open. On the menu, you'll find pasta dishes like slow cooked wild boar rigatoni as well as soft herb gnocchi with tongue and escargot ragout. There's also a half or whole roasted chicken, blue catfish with asiago grits, a fingerling potato pizza with roasted cauliflower and swiss chard, and more. The restaurant doesn't have its liquor license yet, but it hopes to be serving booze by mid-April. Mothership, 3301 Georgia Ave. NW. (202) 286-0643. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Friday: Get a feel for hip-hop as it sounds in other parts of the world at Tropicalia's African hip-hop showcase, featuring Senegalese musicians Thiat and Waterflow. 8 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $7.

Friday: Electronic rockers Heavy Breathing play an intimate show at Mansion at Strathmore. D.C. favorites Sunwolf also perform. 9 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $12.

Friday: Local aquatic funk duo Beautiful Swimmers spin at U Street Music Hall with Ron Morelli, the founder of the dark, much-talked-about electronic label L.I.E.S. Records. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $10. 18-plus.

Friday: Office of Future Plans plays the Black Cat Mainstage tonight, in support of a newly reunited Kepone. 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12.

Saturday: In honor of International Women's Day, performance artist Holly Bass presents "Monument," a site-specific piece at the National Museum of African Art. Performers will use song, poetry, and movement to create the titular monument. For more information, see the museum's website. 2 p.m. at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free.

Saturday: Electronic musicians Rex Riot, Brett, and Ploy perform at The Dunes amid live art installations from Etay Pisano, Brittany Sims, and Philip Hodges. For a hint at what to expect, check out City Paper's recent One Track Mind of Ploy's "Fool," or listen to their new song, "XIX," at D.C. Music Download. For more information, check out the event on Facebook. 7 p.m. at The Dunes, 1402 Meridian Place NW. $8–$10.

Saturday: Bethesda is not a local hotbed for dance, nor does it pretend to be. But tonight, the Bethesda Urban Partnership invites some top troupes based in the District, Maryland, and Virginia to perform an affordable showcase at Round House Theatre. Performers include local modern ensembles Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and Karen Reedy Dance and for balletomanes, three top Washington Ballet students will perform the pas de trois from Le Corsaire. Read more>>> (Rebecca J. Ritzel) 8 p.m. at Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $20.

Sunday: In honor of U Street Music Hall's third birthday, Dubfire spins a five-hour set at the club. 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10.

Sunday: Singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman performs a solo show tonight at the Hamilton. Expect a breezy, surfer girl vibe but don't be surprised when her tunes cut a little bit deeper. 7:30 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $22.50.

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