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ToDo ToDay: Rye Rye, Persian New Year, and DC Craft Beer Festival

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It’s easy to forget fiery rapper Rye Rye is only 23. After all, the Baltimore native has been pegged as buzz-worthy for nearly a third of her life; at only 16, she burst out as a live performer, quickly becoming M.I.A.’s protégée. Never content to stick to one performance genre, she also took a humorous turn as an undercover agent in 21 Jump Street and serves as a muse for designer Prabal Gurung. It’s this equally fancy and funky pedigree that makes her a perfect fit for Strathmore’s “Friday Night Eclectic” series. Read more >>> Rye Rye performs at 9 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $15. (301) 581-5109. strathmore.org. (Quinn Kelley)

DRINK THIS

Beer lovers, take note: There are still tickets available for this Saturday's DC Craft Beer Festival at the Washington Convention Center. The event will feature a total of 150 beers (and a few meads and ciders) from 75 American breweries, as well as educational seminars led by local beer experts. General admission tickets for either three-and-a-half-hour session, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., are $49 and include unlimited 2 oz. tasting pours of beer, access to the seminars, and a souvenir tasting glass. Connoisseur lounge tickets are $95 and include an extra hour of tasting and access to an additional area with more beers and passed hors d'oeuvres. Food will be available for purchase from District 2 Bar and GrilleJake's American Grille, and the Ugly Mug. DC Craft Beer Festival, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW. craftbeerfestdc.com. (Tammy Tuck)

OH AND ALSO

Friday: The Ted Feldman Band presents an evening of blues-inspired rock at Comet Ping Pong with Whyte Crimson. More details on Facebook. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.

Friday: L.A. hip-hop artist Schoolboy Q plays a late show at the Fillmore Silver Spring with Isaiah Rashad. 11 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $25.

Friday: Keep the good times rolling with a performance by Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic at Gypsy Sally's. During the band's break, stick around for a zydeco dance lesson. 9 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $20.

Saturday: Down to its title, “Uhh Yeah Dude” combines all the worst podcast signifiers, but I swear it's not terrible. True, it’s from Los Angeles (argh), its hosts are two white guys (boo), and their topic is pop culture (oh no). But it’s good! Hosts Jonathan Larroquette and Seth Romatelli have returned to the same things over their eight years of conversations, from Seth’s never-was Hollywood careerand a shared fear of elderly drivers, to Craigslisters seeking sexual release in unusual ways. Read more >>> The show begins at 6 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Will Sommer)

Saturday: Artisphere screens the documentary Dear Mr. Watterson, which chronicles the work of Bill Watterson, the creator of the beloved comic strip Calvin & Hobbes. 8 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $8.

Saturday: Celebrate the Persian New Year with a day-long celebration at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler galleries, where you can sample Persian foods, hear stories, and watch traditional dancers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free.

Sunday: Before YouTube, camera phones, and America’s Funniest Home Video pranks, there were the VideoFreex. Born in Woodstock, N.Y., and armed with a Sony Portapak, one of the first portable video cameras, the video collective roamed the streets and created some of television’s first counterculture programming. Now, in a reversal of fortunes, founding members of the group will appear as distinguished guests at the National Gallery of Art for a 90-minute presentation culled from the Video Data Bank in Chicago. Read more >>> The program begins at 4 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov(Tim Regan)

Sunday: R&B songstress Emily King closes out the weekend with a performance at Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.

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