Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Janel & Anthony! Vitamin C! National Dance Day!

Cello/guitar/electronics duo Janel & Anthony made one of D.C.’s better albums in recent memory: last year's alluring, largely instrumental Where Is Home. Their follow-up will focus more on vocal works, says cellist Janel Leppin, and some of those pieces will be incorporated into the duo's early-evening performance at the BioWall. It’s not just another plaza. There's a 16-by-9-foot video screen and lots of curvy architecture—i.e. a perfectly interesting setting for Janel & Anthony, who show a lot of intuition for how audiences perceive stories within a piece of music. Read more >>> Janel & Anthony perform at 6 p.m. at United Therapeutics’ BioWall Plaza, 1040 Spring St., Silver Spring. Free. (301) 589-8894. (Joe Warminsky)


This Sunday, head over to Addie’s in Rockville to partake in an all-you-can eat crab feast, the culmination of a month of crab specials. The party features local musician Sean Chyun, all-you-can drink beer, and a summer barbecue spread including steamed Maryland crabs, a whole smoked pig, smoked chickens, and classic desserts. There will be two seatings: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and tickets are $55 per person. Reserve a seat by calling (301) 881-0081 or emailing addiesrestaurant@comcast.netAddie’s, 11120 Rockville Pike, Rockville. (301) 881-0081. (Cara Newlon)


Tonight: D.C.-based indie bands Gold Spur and Greenland join Detroit rockers Jamaican Queens for a rousing show at Comet Ping Pong. More details available on Facebook. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.

Tonight: U Street Music Hall welcomes DJs Will Eastman and Ozker for a night of indie-pop and dance classics. All proceeds benefit Project Create, a nonprofit organization that provides arts education to homeless children in the D.C. area. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $10.

Tonight: Get heavy in Mt. Pleasant: Tonight brings another installment of Soundclash, the long-running reggae and dub night at Mt. Pleasant's Marx Cafe. 10 p.m. at 3203 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. Free.

Saturday: For 12 years beginning in 2001, the Festival au Désert brought Saharan nomadic combos, small-town performers, and special guests like Robert Plant to Mali for a musical celebration. The Caravan for Peace concerts bring three of these popular desert acts to North America: Tartit’s performances combine eerie chanted lyrics with sparse, strummed rhythms; Mamadou Kelly’s majestic guitar fingerpicking evokes the blues, though the emotion originates outside the U.S; and the Tuareg group Imharhan, led by electric guitarist Mohamed Issa, grabs listeners with heartfelt lyrics about love and life in exile. Read more >>> The Festival in the Desert Caravan for Peace begins at 8 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 639-4535. (Steve Kiviat)

Saturday: The D.C. Party Action Committee Council presents a local lineup at 9:30 Club, with performances by Black Clouds, Shark Week, Typefighter, and others. 6 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $15.

Saturday: After the 9:30 Club show, stop by the third-anniversary edition of Vitamin C at Dodge City, where DJ Chris Robinson and Future Times' Ari Goldman spin boogie, electro-funk, and beyond all night. 10 p.m. at 917 U St. NW. Free.

Saturday: Curious about the strange worlds of anime and manga? Find out more at Librari-Con, a celebration of comic culture at Petworth Library. 11 a.m. at 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. For another dose of culture, visit the Arts and Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeths East, which highlights the culture and history of Ward 8. 11 a.m. at 2700 Martin Luther King Ave. SE. Free.

Saturday: Celebrate National Dance Day at the Kennedy Center with a variety of performances and lessons from instructors around town. Everything from hand dancing to flamenco will be highlighted on the Center's South Plaza. 1 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Sunday: Rule No. 1 of contemporary British theater: Never doubt Alan Bennett. So just trust the conceit of The Lady in the Van, a play adapted from stories Bennett wrote about Miss Shepherd, a vagrant woman who lived in his London driveway. The eccentric lady sits at the center of the action, but the play places just as much emphasis on Bennett. In fact, the script calls for two actors to play him: One narrates while the other interacts with other characters. But Bennett does it to serve the work, not his ego. Read more >>> Unexpected Stage Company’s production runs July 19 to August 11 at Randolph Road Theatre, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring. $16-$25. (301) 337-8290. (Caroline Jones)

Sunday'80s new wave icons New Order perform with Holy Ghost! and Whitney Fierce at Merriweather Post Pavilion. 5:30 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $40–$75.

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