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ToDo ToDay: “Crank & Groove,” Neighborhood Festivals, and Mousetrap

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Energized by Charles Stephenson and Kip Lornell’s book The Beat: Go-Go’s Fusion of Funk and Hip-Hop, community organizer and theater director Jessica Solomon persuaded SpeakeasyDC Artistic Executive Director Amy Saidman to collaborate on a program that conveys the vitality of D.C.’s homegrown genre. The program, "Crank & Groove: A Go-Go Love Story," takes place this weekend. Read more >>> The show begins at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $30–$35. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org(Steve Kiviat)

EAT THIS

Weird dessert mashups—especially with doughnuts—seem to be all the rage these days. Now, Daikaya is getting in on the action with grilled doughnut and Pop-Tart ice cream sandwiches, each stuffed with ginger gelato and red bean. The treats are part of a new late night menu available Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Also look out for bao on steamed King's Hawaiian Bread filled with your choice of pork belly, fried mackerel, and more. A full menu can be found on Young & HungryDaikaya, 705 6th St. NW. (202) 589-1600daikaya.com(Ryan Bacic) 

OH AND ALSO

For loads of arts and entertainment ideas, check out Washington City Paper's all-new Fall Arts Guide in print and online.

Tonight and Saturday: Black Cat celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend (read our history of the club on this week's cover). Both anniversary shows are sold out, but you can still rub elbows with ol' scenesters at Mousetrap on the Backstage Saturday night. 10 p.m. Saturday at 1811 14th St. NW. $8.

Tonight: Instrumental math rock duo Ahleuchatistas performs at Union Arts DC with the Anthony Pirog Ensemble and Gaybomb as part of an audio-visual presentation presented by Deep Space Arts. 8:30 p.m. at 411 New York Ave. NE. Free.

Saturday: Yo! MTV Raps didn’t hit the air until 1988; prior to that, much of the world had to rely on film for extended looks at hip-hop culture. Wild Style, with its South Bronx viewpoint, paved the way in 1983. In 1985, Krush Groove told the story of a fictional New York record label that looked and sounded a lot like Def Jam. Both films show at AFI this weekend. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 9:45 p.m. at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $7–$12. (Joe Warminsky)

Saturday: The Small Press Expo has grown markedly over the years. SPX (as it’s lovingly known) is a convention set up two decades ago to highlight independent, alternative, and minicomic publishers and creators. This year’s edition may be the hugest yet. Read more >>> The expo runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda. $10-15. spxpo.com(Mike Rhode)

Saturday: It's a good day for street festivals around town. Head east of Dupont Circle for the fourth annual 17th Street Festival, featuring more than 30 local artists. Noon to 6 p.m. on 17th St. NW. Free. Hyattsville hosts its sixth annual arts festival featuring visual artists, dancers, musicians, and plenty of activities for children. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Route 1 (Baltimore Ave.) at Jefferson Street, Hyattsville. Free.

Saturday: Local rock group Drunk Tigers celebrates the release of its new EP at Comet Ping Pong. America Hearts and Mike and Cody also perform. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.

Saturday: Live music returns to Logan Circle bar Black Whiskey tonight, with performances by Lindsey Buckingham Palace and Black Checker. 9:30 p.m. at 1410 14th St. NW. $8.

Saturday: Transformer Gallery opens a modest proposal, its new show featuring works from 15 national art-subscription services. Featured groups include Community Supported Art Minneapolis, San Francisco's The Thing Quarterly, and Chicago's Regional Relationships. 6 p.m. at 1404 P St. NW. Free.

Sunday: Leonardo da Vinci was a scientist—albeit one who could paint really, really well. When trying to work out the geometry and physics of a creation or idea, da Vinci sketched his copious discoveries and insights into notebooks, called codices. His “Codex on the Flight of Birds,” now on view at the Air and Space Museum, is filled with more than 500 drawings and 35,000 words on air travel, from winged creatures to flying machines. Read more >>> The exhibit is on view from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily to Oct. 22 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue and 6th Street SW. Free. (202) 633-2214. airandspace.si.edu(Christopher Porter)

Sunday: Celebrate the Ethiopian new year in Silver Spring at the third annual Ethiopian Festival. Noon to 9 p.m. at Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring. Free.

Sunday: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, actress Phylicia Rashad directs a staged reading of Four Little Girls: Birmingham, 1963. 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Sunday: Longtime indie-rock group Pinback performs at 9:30 Club with local quartet Deathfix. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.

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