Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Stupid Fucking Bird Opens and WCP’s Having a Concert

Hey, Studio Theatre, you’re not the only theater company that knows how to drop an F- bomb. Woolly Mammoth’s got its own contribution to the grandma-unfriendly theater season: Stupid Fucking Bird, local playwright Aaron Posner’s tribute to Chekhov’s The Seagull. Posner’s work updates Chekhov’s 19th-century exploration of misery and unrequited love, omitting much of the heavy Russian subtext, but leaving in the good stuff: The actors still fight for affection, the novelist searches for inspiration, and the young director struggles to create something new and meaningful. Read more>>> The play runs May 27 to June 23 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35–$45. (202) 393-3939. woollymammoth.net. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

The 20th annual Taste of Georgetown festival is tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sample food from over 25 Georgetown restaurants, including Luke's Lobster, Georgetown CupcakeRistorante Piccolo, and El Centro D.F. (coming soon to the neighborhood). Tickets are $5 for one tasting and $20 for five. For the first year, the outdoor event will also include a chef showdown from noon to 1 p.m., where chefs from 1789The Grill RoomClyde's, and Capital Restaurant Concepts will have to cook up a dish with a mystery ingredient. There will also be a beer and wine pavilion ($10 for 3 tasting tickets and $4 for one) plus live music. Proceeds from the event will go to Georgetown Ministry Center. Shameless plug: Yours truly will judge the food competition, so please stop by and say hi. Taste of Georgetown, Wisconsin Avenue from M Street to K Street.; tasteofgeorgetown.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Tonight: City Paper's throwing a concert! Head over to the Luce Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for sets from America Hearts, More Humans, and Lyriciss, plus free beer tastings from Port City Brewing. Before heading over, be sure to sample some of the artists' work on Arts Desk. 6 p.m. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. Free.

Tonight: A classical harpist until college, Brandee Younger prefers the luxuriant glisses and lingering tones that are more common for the orchestral harp. That’s especially remarkable considering how much of her career has been spent freelancing as a studio harpist for hip-hop records (her credits include Common and Drake), where the rhythmic approach would be an even more obvious choice. Younger, then, is that much bolder; she not only plays an instrument with few jazz predecessors, she’s also determined to distinguish herself from them. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th St. NW. $18. (Michael J. West)

Tonight: The John Adams celebration continues! Tonight, the conductor leads the National Symphony Orchestra through his own City Noir, as well as Ravel's piano concerto and Respighi's Fontane di Roma. Check out Mike Paarlberg's review of last night's performance for more details. 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10–$85.

Tonight: Rock bands Weed, Trouble, and Cascadia play tonight at Comet Ping Pong. 10 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.

Saturday: After spending part of the past year recovering from health issues in a rehab center, longtime WPFW DJ Rick “The Gator” Bolling is back. He'll celebrate his return at “Gator Day,” his annual musical celebration. This year, the headlining performance comes from bodacious Mississippi singer Ms. Jody, who’s been making waves on the chitlin circuit—that unofficial support network of bluesy, contemporary R&B—since releasing her debut album in 2006. Read more >>> The show begins at 2 p.m. at Lamont’s, 4400 Livingston Road, Indian Head, Md. $25–$30. (301) 283-0225. wpfwfm.org. (Steve Kiviat)

Saturday: New Belgium Brewery brings its Tour de Fat to Yards Park. There will be costumes, bikes, and bands, with proceeds benefiting the Washington Area Bicyclists Association and Black Women Bike DC. 11 a.m. at Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Free.

Saturday: Mount Kimbie’s debut album, Crooks & Lovers, charmed with its bedroom-studio feel. The random vocal chops. The muddy procession of stilted drums that somehow fell into place. Kimbie’s new album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, clearly works with a bigger budget, but it retains a tight grip on the band’s trademark watery electro-pop. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 9 p.m. at the Black Cat. $15–$18. (Marcus J. Moore)

Sunday: A new production of a mild-mannered, early 20th-century comedy might seem like a risky investment, but the Kennedy Center is doubling down on Eastern European theater and handing over the Eisenhower Theater to a makeover of The Guardsman, a 1910 hit by Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár. KenCen promises Richard Nelson’s new version is a sexy exploration of art and artifice, not a madcap farce. If that’s the case, it sounds like the play could be awesome. Or it could be a case of mistaken identity. Read more >>> The play runs May 25 to June 23 at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $54–$95. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

Sunday: New Jersey dad rockers The Smithereens perform their roots-rock tunes at the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $30.50.

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