ToDo ToDay: Los Master Plus! Margaritas! Chili Cookoff!
Guadalajara, Mexico cumbiatronica duo Los Master Plus enjoys performing catchy melodies as much as they like bobbing their heads to their own beats. For the cowboy hat- and ironic mustache-wearing Master Plus guys Comanche and Larry Mon, this means turning English pop songs into Spanish-language dancefloor-fillers. The group also plumbs Latino artists from the past, like 1960s bolero-rock combo Los Angeles Negros, and 1990s techno-cumbia outfit Mi Banda el Mexicano. The traditional stuff will bend your ear just as much as “El Extraño,” Master Plus’ cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Read more >>> Los Master Plus perform with Bio Ritmo at 8:30 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 629-4535. tropicaliadc.org. (Steve Kiviat)
Cinco de Mayo is on Sunday, which means tequila shots and tacos are taking over area bars and restaurants. This year, $5 for margaritas seems to be the magic number. You'll find the drinks for that price at Zengo, El Centro D.F., Casa Oaxaca, Masa 14, Capitol City Brewing Company, H Street Country Club, Ceiba, Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, El Chucho, and more. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Tonight: Help raise money for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association tonight at their annual BikeFest. Enjoy live jazz and swing music, casino tables, and a silent auction while supporting WABA's efforts to promote biking in D.C. 8 p.m. at Eastern Market's North Hall, 225 7th St. SE. $45–$55.
Tonight: Experimental electronica trio Beats Antique performs at 9:30 Club with Russ Liquid and RacecarBed. 9 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20.
Tonight: Brooklyn rock quartet Oberhofer takes the stage at U Street Music Hall with Celestial Shore. 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1119 U St. NW. $15.
Saturday: A PUBLIC NOTICE: Pursuant to Districtwide Scene Ordinance X, all Authority-approved cultural events must include the following: one food truck; one restaurant opening; one mixed-media installation by at least one artist with an advanced degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art; EITHER DJ Kid Congo Powers OR DJ Name Names; and one Brendan Canty. Hereby the grand opening of 14th Street NW bar Black Whiskey is APPROVED. Read more >>> The event begins at 7 p.m. at Black Whiskey, 1410 14th St. NW. $10 after 9 p.m. (202) 682-3123. blackwhiskeydc.com. (Kriston Capps)
Saturday: Brightest Young Things celebrates the running of the Kentucky Derby with "Prancin: A Derby Day Party." In addition to real ponies that guests can ride, the celebration also features musical performances by The Sweater Set, Rattlesnake Hill Bluegrass Band, and barbershop quartet FoPas. 3 p.m. at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $70.
Saturday: Do you love books and bikes? Then join "Mashing is FUNdamental," an alleycat bike race stopping at libraries throughout the city. All proceeds benefit local writing nonprofit 826DC. More details are available on Facebook. 1 p.m. outside the National Portrait Gallery, 604 7th St. NW. $5.
Saturday: DC101's annual Chili Cookoff takes place at RFK Stadium and features performances by Soundgarden, AWOLNATION, Silver Sun Pickups, Capital Cities, Beware of Darkness, and RDGLDGRN. Noon at RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. $60–$65.
Sunday: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night centers on the ideas of shipwreck and aristocracy, two conceits that force the play into old-fashioned territory. But if any company can make Shakespeare’s comedy work, it’s Folger Theatre, which seems to recognize that comedy is about much more than plot contrivances and unrequited love; there’s always something to think about once the play is over. Read more >>> The play runs April 30 to June 9 at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $30–$68. (202) 544-4600. folger.edu. (Alan Zilberman)
Sunday: Silver Spring’s Bach Sinfonia realizes there’s a limited audience for even a family as prolific as J.S., W.F., and C.P.E., and so it chooses not to stick entirely to its namesake repertory. A novel solution is to switch up geography, if not epoch. For Cinco de Mayo, soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani and guitarist Richard Savino turn to composers from colonial-era Latin America, both migrant and native-born. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 3 p.m. at Montgomery College's Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $15–$30. (Mike Paarlberg)
Sunday: Filmmaker and artist Zoe Beloff presents two of her films based on the ideas of social revolt at the National Gallery of Art. An ongoing piece, The Days of the Commune, explains Beloff's involvement in the Occupy movement. 4:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
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