ToDo ToDay: Shred Fest, Tal National, and Kid Congo Powers
No one should be shocked by the presence of women instrumentalists in rock these days. But does that mean celebrating them is off the table? Not if you ask She Shreds, a publication that bills itself as “the only magazine in the world dedicated to women guitarists and bassists.” This weekend, the magazine brings its touring festival, Shred Fest, to D.C. for the first time. Among the fest’s 15 bands are Ex Hex, the new band from Wild Flag and Helium singer/guitarist Mary Timony, and Nashville’s warm and folksy Cry Baby (shown), which includes Heavy Cream drummer Tiffany Minton and Fuckshow lead singer Wesley Trew. Read more >>> Shred Fest takes place at 8 p.m. Friday at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW, and 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. $12–$20. sheshreds.com. (Jordan Larson)
The opening of Bluejacket, the Navy Yard restaurant and brewery from Neighborhood Restaurant Group, is only weeks away, but in the meantime, head to group's "gargantuan beer jamboree" Snallygaster at Union Market this Saturday. From 1 to 6 p.m., sample more than 150 craft beers, including a few newer releases from Bluejacket. There will also be plenty of food, music, and games. You can buy tickets in advance for $30 (or $50 for early VIP access) here. The tickets include admission and food and drink tickets. At the door, admission is $10, with food and drink tickets sold separately. Snallygaster at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. snallygasterdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
All weekend: AFI Silver screens The Legend of Cool "Disco" Dan, Joseph Pattisall's documentary about the legendary local graffiti artist. Cool "Disco" Dan will appear at the 5:15 p.m. screenings and a variety of surprise guests will participate in post-screening Q-and-A's. See afi.com/silver for more details and showtimes. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring.
Friday: Austin band White Denim plays Rock & Roll Hotel with local pop-rock outfit Title Tracks. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
Saturday: Spend your day in Prince George's County enjoying a variety of local percussionists (including Cheick Hamala Diabate and Batala) at the Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival. 11 a.m. at 131 Centerway, Greenbelt. Free.
Saturday: Back home in Niamey, Niger, “trad-moderne” ensemble Tal National brings new meaning to the term “long player”: its performances can last for nearly five hours. Tonight, add an opening set by local bubu-pop creator Janka Nabay, and Artisphere will be bumping as hard as the venues back in Niamey, even if the show doesn’t last quite as long. Read more >>> Tal National performs with Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang and DJ Underdog at 8 p.m. at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $15–$18. (703) 875-1100. artisphere.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Sunday: Local dance fans don’t need to take a Bolt bus to New York every weekend as long as they have the Rockville-based American Dance Institute. This weekend at ADI, catch Sally Silvers & Dancers’ “Bonobo Milkshake,” a performance that integrates poetry inspired by Stephen Sondheim (and recited during the performance) with movement that ranges from mock Broadway to synchronized swimming. Read more >>> Sally Silvers & Dancers perform at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson Drive, Rockville. $15–$30. (855) 263-2623. americandance.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Sunday: The National Building Museum examines the architectural changes in Los Angeles throughout the 20th century in its new exhibit, "Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990." 11 a.m. at 401 F St. NW. $5–$8.
Sunday: Round out the weekend with another local rock show: Priests and Joy Buttons open for Olympia pop-punk band RVIVR at Black Cat Backstage. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $8–$10.