Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Go-Go Symphony, Samba Mapangala, and Grogan Social Scene

gogoCombining disparate items is a hit-or-miss prospect. Tonight, Capital City Symphony fuses two conflicting musical genres that just might yield something beautiful: classical music and go-go. It’s called, simply, the Go-Go Symphony, a performance that marries the instrumentation of a full orchestra with the syncopated beats and live dancers of go-go. Conductor John Devlin will merge genres from his podium as he directs the world premiere of “The Green Line Symphony,” an original work by Capital City Symphony’s own Peter Van Siclen. Read more >>> The Capital City Symphony performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $30. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org(Tim Regan)

EAT THIS
Beat the heat tonight at Mr. Yogato, the quirky fro-yo parlor on 17th Street NW, as it celebrates its sixth birthday with a scavenger hunt. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the hunt starts at 7 p.m. When the points are tallied at 9:30, three top finishers will receive prizes from Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and Mr. Yogato, but everyone can continue celebrating with drink specials at bars on 17th Street and at owner Steve Davis'  other venture, Dupont bar Thomas Foolery. Mr. Yogato, 1515 17th St. NW. (202) 629-3531. (Julia Tanaka)

OH AND ALSO

Friday: As part of the D.C. Black Theater Fest, director Zoya Kachadurian presents a one-night-only performance of Detroit Blues, a play about the city's 1967 riots, at the Mount Vernon Theater. 9 p.m. at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $15.

Friday: Author Sean Michaels reads from his latest book, Us Conductors, and collaborates with local theremin player Artie Harrison at Kramerbooks. Find more details on Facebook. 7 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Friday: Ethiopian pop group the Debo Band performs at Artisphere with the Feedel Band and DJ Underdog. 8 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington $18.

Saturday: The Lamont Street Collective may be struggling to maintain residence in its current home, but the Mount Pleasant group house hasn’t cut back on its 39-year-strong support for local artists. Its summer bash features live music from indie-folk groups Peyote Pilgrim and Grogan Social Scene. With their sing-along choruses and swaying violin solos, frontman Thomas Grogan and company’s songs create the ideal soundtrack for a summer gathering at a pseudo-socialist group house. Read more >>> Grogan Social Scene performs with Peyote Pilgrim at 8 p.m. at Lamont Street Collective, 1822 Lamont St. NW. Donations collected at the door. lamontstreetcollective.net(Caroline Jones)

Saturday: The Chamber Dance Project presents Contemporary Ballet with an Edgea program of works by choreographers Diane Coburn Bruning and Jorge Amarante, at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $40–$50.

Saturday: Head to the Paperhaus for a live recording of Baby Bry Bry & the Apologist's performance. Raccoon Fighter and CRUMMS also play. 8 p.m. at 4912 3rd St. NW. Free.

Sunday: The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival includes creatively curated evening concerts that will bring Kenyan and Chinese artists to the Mall. Sunday, Diaspora Day, features Maryland-based Samba Mapangala and his Orchestra Virunga, serving up the feel of a late-night turn-of-the-’80s Kenyan nightclub on one stage. On the other, American banjoist Abigail Washburn will sing Chinese folk music, followed by the Shanghai Restoration Project, which melds lounge disco beats with swing and Chinese lyrics. Read more >>> Samba Mapangala performs at 6 p.m. on the National Mall. Free. (202) 633-6440. festival.si.edu(Steve Kiviat)

Sunday: The Black Cat Backstage screens Out of the Basement, a documentary short about Columbia Heights boxer Greg Newby. Before the screening, read more about the film on Arts Desk. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $5.

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