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ToDo ToDay: Seth Meyers! Barbecue Battle! Lumen8 Begins!

With his dimpled cheeks and twinkly blue eyes, it’s plain to see why Saturday Night Live’s head writer Seth Meyers is the object of Bill Hader’s affection. He’s been a mainstay at Studio 8H for a dozen years, and while he always entertains when manning the "Weekend Update" desk or channeling Anderson Cooper in a crisis situation, Meyers is just as delightful when he’s being himself. This bodes well for his forthcoming takeover of Late Night and also for his stand-up performance at the Warner Theatre. Read more >>> Seth Meyers performs at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. $35. (202) 783-4000. warnertheatredc.com. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

Get your barbecue fix at the annual Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Restaurants and barbecue teams from around the country will compete for $40,000 in cash and prizes. Sample their food and check out cooking demonstrations while listening to live music, talent shows, and more. Former Georgetown basketball star Jeff Green will also appear at the NBA Live tent. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased here.  Safeway Barbecue Battle, Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th streets NW. bbqdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

AFI Docs runs throughout the weekend. Check out the schedule and our reviews of many of the featured films here.

Tonight: Local shoegaze duo Screen Vinyl Image plays Columbia Heights dive The Pinch with No Paris, Silo Halo, and Ars Phoenix. 9 p.m. at 3548 14th St. NW. Donations accepted.

Tonight: The fourth annual D.C. Black Theatre Festival begins tonight with a production of Garrett Davis' play Mama's Girls. 6:30 p.m. at Howard University's Ira Aldridge Theatre, 2455 6th St. NW. $25.

Tonight: Contemporary classical group the Newspeak Ensemble performs at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Arrive early for snacks from the Atlas Cafe, which will be taken over by Toki Underground's Erik Bruner-Yang. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $15–$28.

Saturday: Listen to Lemuria’s new full-length, The Distance Is So Big, once, and you’ll be struck by its pop sensibilities. Listen to it twice and you’ll be gutted by lyrics like "Does he think about my life like I do his?" The whole package better knits together Lemuria’s predilection toward memorable hooks and singalong choruses than any of its other efforts. The Distance Is So Big is no lighthearted summer banger, but it’ll compel you to move, sing, and think—accomplishments, indeed, for an ostensibly pop album. Read more >>> Lemuria performs with Chain and the Gang and Give at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Alex Baca)

Saturday: Lumen8 Anacostia, the summer-long festival celebrating the arts in Ward 8, kicks off with an all-day celebration. From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy activities for families and young people. After six, head to the Music Box for performances by Black Masala, Nayas, and others. 1 p.m. at Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE.

Saturday: Alliance Française presents Fête de la Musique, a day-long music festival at recently opened French restaurant Malmaison. Local and national performers, including Batala and Gramophonic, will play and guests can sample food and drink specials. 2 p.m. at 3401 Water St. NW. Free before midnight.

Saturday: To promote its new album on ex-local label Underwater Peoples, laid-back guitar-pop band Free Time plays an in-store show at Adams Morgan record shop Red Onion. 3 p.m. at 1901 18th St. NW. Free/donations.

Sunday: A good cover song can help listeners appreciate the original and the tribute-paying artist in new ways, which is why The A.V. Club’s annual “A.V. Undercover” series is so damn fun. Every summer, the staff compiles a list of songs it wants to hear and invites bands to the office to cover them. Chicago’s J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound recently slayed Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” turning the R&B classic into a rollicking boogie. Its new album, Howl, shows off Brooks’ boisterous croon alongside an assortment of ’60s-inspired soul and garage rock. Read more >>> J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound perform with John Michael Rouchell at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $14. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Dan Singer)

Sunday: Hip-hop masters Arrested Development stop by the Kennedy Center for a free show. 6 p.m. at the Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Sunday: Before his new album drops on Tuesday, head to the Howard Theatre to see Wale play a homecoming show. 8:30 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $35–$40.

Sunday: Deep house and techno maestro Stefan Goldmann drops by Dirty Bar to play a set with a crew of local DJs. 2 p.m. at 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15.

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