ToDo ToDay: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Sharel Cassity, and Local Limoncello
“Only God can judge me,” 2Pac boasted on the track of the same name. For Judas Iscariot in Forum Theatre’s latest production, that’s unfortunately not the case. In the darkly comic play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, a selection of jurors gathers somewhere between heaven and hell to decide the fate of Jesus’ betrayer. Was Judas just misunderstood the whole time? That’s up for the jurors (and viewers) to decide. Read more >>> The play runs May 22 to June 14 at Forum Theatre at Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $20–$25. (240) 644-1390. forum-theatre.com. (Caroline Jones)
Want to see how limoncello is made? D.C.’s own producer of the stuff, Don Ciccio & Figli, is opening up its distillery beginning tomorrow for weekly tours and tastings. Every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., stop by to try pours of six different liqueur flavors—including mandarin, prickly pear, and fennel—for only $5 per person. Founder Francesco Amodeo will provide tours and a history of his distilling operation and that of his family back in Italy. Before you leave, you’ll be able to purchase a bottle of the liqueurs for $24 (or $30 for the Concerto made with barley and espresso). Don Ciccio & Figli, 6031 Kansas Ave. NW. (202) 957-7792. donciccioefigli.com (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst plays a solo show at 9:30 Club with L.A. folk rock group Dawes. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $35.
Friday: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Tap Dance Day with a performance at Atlas Performing Arts Center featuring Rasta Thomas and castmembers of Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk. 7:30 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $25.
Friday: Malian blues musician Oumar Konaté takes the stage with his band at Tropicalia. Find more details on Facebook. 9 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10.
Saturday: Instead of nodding her head or tapping her feet, Sharel Cassity stands still onstage and lets the music coming out of her horn do the dancing. Cassity, an alto saxophonist, doesn’t dress up her stuff in heavy concepts or abstract rhythms, either. Read more >>> Sharel Cassity performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Michael J. West)
Saturday: Local music mag The Deli hosts a showcase at Rock & Roll Hotel featuring Bearshark, Black Girls, Alex Vans & the Hide Away, and Andy Bopp. 7:30 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Saturday: The National Gallery of Art screens a collection of experimental films from Croatia and Serbia as part of its "Artists, Amateurs, Alternative Spaces" series. 4 p.m. at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
Sunday: The Memorial Day Weekend Biker Festival sounds like it would chiefly draw chopper aficionados. But its main offering, live music, has appeal that can satisfy Zipcar users and hog riders alike. On Sunday night, the focus shifts to southern soul and blues, featuring performers Mel Waiters and Ms. Jody. Fans of Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley may enjoy the church-rooted vocals of Waiters and Ms. Jody, although the latter put a different spin on traditional soul with synthesizer rhythms and slightly raunchy lyrics. Read more >>> The performances begin at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at American Legion Post 170, 4345 Livingston Road, Indian Head, Md. $33. (301) 792-4004. cds-entertainment.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Sunday: Folk singer-songwriter Cass McCombs performs at the Black Cat Backstage with Jana Hunter. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
Monday: The harmonium isn’t the most convenient (or portable) instrument for a touring musician. But that hasn’t stopped Shilpa Ray from toting her Indian harmonium to gigs for the past decade. By combining her organ tones with blues-tinged vocals, she becomes a torch singer for the 21st century, chronicling everything from feminist expectations to anonymous Internet commenters. Read more >>> Shilpa Ray performs at 8 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Caroline Jones)
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