ToDo ToDay: Jen Kirkman!
Last year, heavily followed stand-up comic and Chelsea Lately panelist Jen Kirkman quit Twitter and started a Tumblr called MA’AM, or "Men Aligned Against Misogyny," that invited dudes to sound off about sexism and its discontents. Let's hope Kirkman’s minicampaign against Internet-enabled misogyny won her legions of feminist fans. She’s become one of the best and most versatile storytellers in comedy, just as comfortable on a morning radio show as she is on culty podcasts. But perhaps the best way to laugh with Kirkman is in the same room as her—or on Twitter, which she eventually rejoined. Read more >>> Jen Kirkman performs at 10 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $20. (703) 486-2345. arlingtondrafthouse.com.
There's nothing like spring to put romance in the air, and what country is more romantic than France? Grab your honey and head to Georgetown for the annual French Market. Peruse fashion goods, eat some crêpes, and enjoy live music. Participating restaurants include Clyde's, PAUL Bakery, and Café Bonaparte. Macaron Bee will offer 20 percent off macaron ice cream sandwiches, and wine lovers can sip wines from Bacchus Wine Cellar for $6. Your afternoon is sure to be délicieux. Get more info here. (May Wildman) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Wisconsin Ave. NW.
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Tonight and Saturday: Alliance Française presents their newest performance art piece, Histoires Exquises (The Exquisite Tales), a series of dance and theater pieces inspired by stories submitted by Washingtonians and brought to life by French director Charlie Windelschmidt and French choreographer Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh. 8 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $10-$15.
Tonight: Learn a few new dance moves and imagine yourself in Mumbai at Tropicalia's Basement Bollywood dance party. 7 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. Free.
Saturday: There’s a better way to spend April 20 than getting baked in your living room. CLCTVE Media Group is planning just the thing to get you off the couch: the Goodtime$ 4/20 Festival. Hosted by the aptly named model/designer/performer Stacey Hash, the musical event features a lineup of ascendent local and national hip-hop acts, including Stalley, Smoke DZA, Diamond District, and Kingpen Slim. Read more >>> The festival begins at 7 p.m. at CLCTVE Studio, 4807 Lawrence St., Hyattsville. $20. goodtimes420.co. (Julian Kimble)
Saturday: Looking for some new records to add to your collection? You're in luck, since it's Record Store Day. Check out which local stores are participating. Another way to celebrate Record Store Day? By watching the new documentary Record Paradise: The Musical Life of Joe Lee, about the founder of Joe's Record Paradise, showing Saturday at AFI. 8 p.m. at AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $5.
Saturday: The Washington Project for the Arts kicks of its spring programming with an overnight pool party at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Sleepout will feature live music, art, karaoke, movies, and dance performances by Maida Withers Dance Construction Company. 9 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW. $35.
Saturday: U Street Music Hall co-owner Will Eastman makes techno under the moniker Pentamon, and Saturday he celebrates the release of his single, NITE, at U Street Music Hall. Gary Beck and Decair also perform. 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. Free before midnight, $10 after midnight.
Saturday and Sunday: If you're looking to unleash your inner nerd this weekend, head out to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for Awesome Con. Featured guests include Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon and Ren and Stimpy star Billy West. Read more about Awesome Con over on Arts Desk. 10 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. $15-$75.
Sunday: Like many cult musicians who let decades pass between the release of new material, Shuggie Otis demurs when called a recluse. Otis wrote the DayGlo pop anthem “Strawberry Letter 23” and recorded one belatedly acknowledged classic LP, 1974’s dream-funk opus Inspiration Information but it sold poorly and Epic Records quickly dropped Otis. Now we have evidence of Otis’ post-Inspiration inspiration: A reissue of the album comes packaged with Wings of Love, a collection of 14 tracks all penned before 1990. Read more >>> Shuggie Otis performs with Jesca Hoop at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $37.50–$42. (202) 803-2399. thehowardtheatre.com. (Jonathan L. Fischer)
Sunday: Celebrate Earth Day at the Broccoli City Festival, featuring performances by Tittsworth, JMSN, and BIG K.R.I.T., yoga classes, art, and craft beer. Noon at the Half Street Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. $29-$42.