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ToDo ToDay: Pixar in Concert, Alice Smith, and Punk Jews

pixarJust like the plastic characters in Toy Story, the players in the National Symphony Orchestra appear slightly rigid on stage. But while the toys on screen move that way as a joke, the musicians gesture precisely to play their instruments with practiced skill. Tonight, the orchestra will loosen up and churn out familiar scores culled from more than a dozen Pixar films, including The Incredibles, Cars, Brave, and the Toy Story series. Read more >>> The National Symphony Orchestra performs at 8:30 p.m. at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$58. (703) 255-2900. Regan)


Local non-profit City Blossoms is hosting its annual Garden Fiesta tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to support its mission of teaching kids about green spaces. While the cocktails flow, Chez Le Commis chef Tom Madrecki, Jeremiah Langhorne (who’s soon opening a restaurant and D.C.), and Aggio and Volt chef Jeffrey Stoneberger will prepare food. The theme of the event is under-the-sea, so feel free to come wearing your best ocean-themed costume. There will be awards for the best getups. The $20 suggested donation at the door goes to support City Blossoms’ summer programs. You can RSVP on the event’s Facebook page. Carlos Rosario School, 1100 Harvard St. NW. (Jessica Sidman)


Friday: Texas group Mother Falcon combines rock, jazz, and hip-hop sounds in its live show at Artisphere. The Family Crest and the Sea Life also perform. 8 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $15.

Friday: Northern Virginia rock band JunkFood plays 9:30 Club with fellow local performers Levi Stephens, Fight the Lion, and the Mailmen. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $15.

Friday and Saturday: Singer and songwriter Alice Smith’s music is an amalgam of classic R&B, soul, rock, and a bit of jazz, but all her influences blend into a seamless, timeless sound. But what’s exceptional about Smith’s music is how it soars in her live performances, especially in “The One,” which hits the heart hard when Smith’s pipes are paired with nothing but an acoustic guitar. Read more >>> Alice Smith performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25–$60. (202) 803-2899. Kimble)

Saturday: Swedish synth-pop group Lust for Youth performs at Union Arts with local electronic folk act Nitemoves and New York duo Appetite. Find more details on Facebook. 8 p.m. at 411 New York Ave. NE. $10.

Saturday: In the mood for a punk show? Head to the Dougout for sets by Big Ups, Teen Suicide, Two Inch Astronaut, and Atlas At Last. 9 p.m. at 1498 Douglas St. NE. $5.

Sunday: Contorting yogis, flame-throwing dancers, and bass-slapping musicians are just a few of the characters profiled in director Jesse Mann’s documentary Punk Jews. The film, premiering in its full form at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, takes an in-depth look at Jewish people living their lives in alternative and nontraditional ways—outliers like African-American Jewish activists, Hasidic street performers, and scripture-yelling Yiddish punk rockers. Read more >>> The film shows at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 408-3100. Smith)

Sunday: The National Gallery of Art screens Il Sorpasso, Dino Risi's comedic romp about two women on a road trip through southern Italy. 4:30 p.m. at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.

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