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The National Museum of the American Indian will open an exhibit featuring treaties between Native Americans and the U.S. to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Sam Hardgrove | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The National Museum of the American Indian will open an exhibit featuring treaties between Native Americans and the U.S. to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Sam Hardgrove | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Kathleen Baltazar.

Curators at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian are hoping to highlight a different side of American history in what will be the largest collection of treaties ever available to museum-goers.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the museum will open an exhibit Sept. 21 called “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nation.” It aims to outline overarching domestic issues of the 18th century – largely, ignorance of the customs and practices of Native Americans.

When the museum first opened in 2004, the exhibits focused on the lives of native peoples, said David Penney, associate director for museum scholarship. But this exhibit is different, he said.

It includes eight treaties from the National Archives and is divided into sections that guide observers through history, from the early republic to times of both peace and bitter conflict. The exhibit will remain open until fall 2018.

“Many tribes have been asking to do an exhibit like this for a long time,” Penney said. “This is everybody’s history, even world history.”

Every six months, the museum will feature a new treaty from the National Archives, located just blocks away, as well as artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of these include a wampum belt with a depiction of the Treaty of Canandaigua of 1794 and an intricately adorned beaded pipe bags from the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851.

The tribal leaders of the Haudenosaunee – that is, the Iroquois Confederacy – visited the museum earlier this month to see the display for the Treaty of Canandaigua, a document that represents lasting peace and friendship between native communities and the U.S.

Suzan Harjo, a guest curator and co-founder of the museum, said native communities were interested in the exhibit because, to many members, it resonates with them on a personal level.

“These are their ancestors, in addition to being their nation’s,” Harjo said. The founders of the National Museum of the American Indian initially envisioned it as a cultural center.

Harjo helped negotiate the museum’s location with the Smithsonian and Congress. The museum, situated east between the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum and the Botanical Gardens, faces the Capitol Building.

“[It’s] so that people who were making policy about us would have to look us in the face,” Harjo said. “We want to be a part of the government, to be at the table, to have a say, to be a participant.”

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Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 7:21 p.m.

Weekend Outlook: Bacon, beer and banned books

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sucharita Mukherjee.

Kick start your weekend with festivals celebrating everything from banned books to beer to bacon.


Promotional poster for "Some Like It Hot."

Promotional poster for “Some Like It Hot.”

“Some Like it Hot” Film Screening: Hillwood Estate’s Divas Outdoors film series will screen the classic 1959 “Some Like it Hot” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film, dubbed the “greatest comedy of all time” by the American Film Institute, follows two men who, fearing for their lives, dress in drag as a disguise. Stop by early for a picnic on the estate, tour of the mansion and viewing of the special exhibition “Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems.”

Lunar Lawn at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Picnic begins at 6:30 p.m. and film screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 under 18, $15 regular. Call (202) 686-5807 for tickets.

Shakespeare’s “King Lear”: Don’t miss the Folger Theatre’s rendition of this classic Shakespeare tale of betrayal that closes this weekend. Playing the title role is renowned classical actor Joseph Marcell – more commonly recognized as Geoffrey, the English butler from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

The Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $50 to $85


DC9 host a free late-night dance party every Friday. Photo by Flickr user "IntangibleArts" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

DC9 hosts a free late-night dance party every Friday. Photo by Flickr user “IntangibleArts” under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Coal BXX at DC9: DC9 will host a free late-night dance party featuring indie rock DJs Stevie Bxx and Billy Bxx. Rock to live tracks and score drinks for just $2 from 10 to 11 p.m. at this weekly free concert event.

DC9 Nightclub, 1940 9th St. NW. Doors open at 10 p.m. Free.

Uncensored: The Preview Party: To kick off Banned Books week, The D.C. Public Library Foundation will throw a preview party with provocative art centering on the theme of censorship along with live music. Mixologists from Mockingbird Hill, Bourbon Steak and the Museum of the American Cocktail will serve exclusive cocktails inspired by their favorite banned books.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Tickets: $50. RSVP required.


Visitors watch a performance  at the 2011 H St. Festival. Photo by Flickr user "Walid'sPics" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Visitors watch a performance at the H Street Festival. Photo by Flickr user “Walid’sPics” under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

H Street Festival: This year’s annual H Street Festival will be the largest yet, spanning 10 blocks and featuring more than 200 businesses, restaurants, organizations and merchants. Fourteen stages will host more than 500 performances, ranging from dance troupes to the Nationals Racing Presidents to musicians. The full festival is topped off by food, drinks, games and competitions for all ages.

Festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. along 4th to 14th streets NE. Free.

Capitol Bacon Festival: From the team that brought you America Loves Bacon, this bacon-themed block party delivers a full festival experience. Stop by for bacon samples, cooking lessons, bacon-eating contests, cooking competitions, live music from some of the area’s top bands, a full-service bar and other vendors offering non-bacon-themed paraphernalia.

Half Street Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. Tickets: $25 general admission, $2 per additional bacon sampling station.

International Beer and Wine Festival: The festival will offer unlimited pours of over 125 hand-selected brews and more than 20 wines and ciders along with live music and a dozen food vendors.

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium at 1301 Constitution Ave, NW. Tickets: $50 general admission, $70 VIP. Attendees must be 21 or older.


Artsfest ‘14: Take a break from D.C. and unwind at ArtsFest ‘14. Featuring about 30 musicians on three stages, tents by local vendors and crafters, food and drink trucks and family activities, this event celebrates all forms of arts.

Annmarie Sculpture Gardens and Arts Center at 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomans, Md. Tickets: $6.

Culture Shock, Washington DC: Volume II: With performances from all four of D.C.’s Culture Shock hip-hop dance troupes – Afta Shock, Culture Shock, Future Shock, Mini Shock and Mighty Shock – this event gives locals an opportunity to see groundbreaking choreography. After touring the globe, D.C. Culture Shock remains at the forefront of innovative dance.

Dance Place at 3225 8th Street, NE. First performance at 2 p.m., second performance at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $25

DC Legendary Musicians Band: The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will hold a free performance featuring D.C. musicians. Boasting more than 50 years of musical experience, the musicians have toured both nationally and internationally with their own bands as well as with music icons like Elvis Presley, James Brown, Ray Charles and The Manhattans.

The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Performance begins at 6 p.m. Free.

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Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 6:50 p.m.

What We’re Watching: ‘Wetlands’

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Eric Robinson.



Sex comedies are always problematic.

Most indulge exclusively in sexist male fantasies. Yet with his latest film, German director David Wnendt defies this trend, presenting an unflinchingly honest depiction of sex from the perspective of a teenage girl.

Promotional poster for "Wetlands."

Promotional poster for “Wetlands.”

“Wetlands” follows the exploits of sex-obsessed Helen Memel (Carla Juri), who embarks on various sexual escapades while scheming to reunite her separated parents.

After a reckless shaving accident, Helen ends up in the hospital, where she reflects on her lifestyle choices and attempts to charm a young male nurse.

The film presents imagery that is, to put it mildly, revolting. Whether it’s four guys masturbating into a pizza or Helen swapping bloody tampons with a good friend, “Wetlands” is not for the squeamish.

Though the scenes in “Wetlands” are absurd, Wnendt’s presentation of grotesque bodily functions is at least true to life. Whereas other films would avoid even showing nudity, Wnendt does the audience the courtesy of revealing every dirty detail.

In one memorable shot during the opening minutes, the camera actually zooms in on a toilet seat teeming with microorganisms.

Wnendt approaches this imagery with both humor and a surprising amount of heart. When Helen and a friend use their own period blood as warpaint, what would normally register as just ridiculous and disgusting becomes hilarious and weirdly touching.

But the film’s writers, Wnendt and Claus Falkenberg, enter dark territory as well. Suicide and divorce serve as a backdrop to the film’s examination of modern teenage sex culture.

Juri gives an outstanding performance as the mischievous and snarky Helen, while also adding a shade of mournfulness to her character that works in the film’s darker moments.

For all its honesty, the movie falters with a generic rom-com-style ending. This moment of insincerity is not enough to topple the entire piece, but seems out of place compared to the rest of the film.

Ultimately, Wnendt’s effort is a welcome change for sex comedies. Profane, nauseating and somber at times, yet sweet, funny and touching, “Wetlands” succeeds because of its willingness to engage with the topic at hand – sex – in a way that’s both frank and entertaining.

Released: Sept. 5
Director: David Wnendt
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Marlen Cruse

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Cailley LaPara.

Whether you’re into Latin-American rock, ’80s-era U.K. tunes, indie pop or the sound of a violin, we’ve got your music fix in the District this week.


Ty Segall at the 9:30 Club: California-based musician and songwriter Ty Segall blends genres of rock – like psychedelic, glam, garage and punk – to create an eclectic sound. His most recent album, “Manipulator,” was released in August.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $18.

Madchester Monday at U Street Music Hall: The focus of this “listening party” will be ‘80s and ‘90s tunes from the famous Hacienda Nightclub in Mancester, England. Jam to entire vinyl albums by artists like The Stone Roses, New Order Technique and Primal Scream Screamadelica, and finish off the night with a set by DJ Steven Faith.

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 7 p.m. Admission is free for attendees over 21, $5 for those over 18.


Free concert at Black Squirrel: Black Squirrel, a pub in Adams Morgan, will host three musicians for a night of burgers, brews and good tunes. Rock d’Madera will kick off the night with Latin-American rock at 8 p.m., followed by bluesy-rock group Butterface Effect at 9 p.m. and Music Bones at 10 p.m.

Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Free.

OK Go at the 9:30 Club: The band, still famous for their 2005 track, “Here It Goes Again” (and its treadmill-inspired music video) will perform in D.C. on Tuesday. You’ll hopefully get to hear some songs off the group’s upcoming album, “Hungry Ghosts,” to be released in October.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25


Legal Seafoods Sixth Annual Oyster Festival: Wednesday marks the start of Legal Seafoods’ sixth annual Oyster Festival, which will last until Oct. 14. The festival will come to three Legal Seafoods locations in the D.C. area. Special items, like oyster stew and bacon wrapped oysters, will appear on the menu during the festival, and happy hour specials will run Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Legal Seafoods, 704 7th St. NW. Sept. 17 to Oct. 14 at participating locations.

Story League Story Contest at Busboys and Poets: Busboys and Poets will partner with Story League to host the third annual story contest Wednesday night. Pre-decided storytellers have seven minutes to tell a true, personal story on the theme of “Testy, Testy!” for the chance to win $150 and the title of Story League champion.

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Doors open at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $12 presale, $15 at door.


Clean Bandit and Lizzo at the 9:30 Club: Clean Bandit, known for the popular summer hit “Rather Be,” will perform at the 9:30 Club alongside hip-hop artist Lizzo, whose debut album, “Lizzobangers,” was released last year.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $18

Nistha Raj at the Kennedy Center: Violinist Nistha Raj’s musical background began in Indian classical music, but she has since added other, modern sounds like jazz and beatboxing to her performances. See it live for free at the Kennedy Center on Thursday.

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW., 6 p.m. Free.

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Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 4:34 p.m.

Monday Mix and Editors’ Picks

Monday Mix

After you’ve switched that summertime iced coffee for a steaming hot mug, keep channelling fall vibes with this week’s playlist.

Editors’ Picks

Film | Emily Holland, Culture Editor

This week’s pick: “Serena”

I’ve been waiting to see a trailer for “Serena” since filming started in 2012. Reuniting Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, the film tracks a newlywed couple’s tumultuous relationship as they struggle to run a logging empire in North Carolina during the Great Depression.

Music | Morgan Baskin, Assistant Culture Editor

This week’s pick: Sir Sly’s debut album “You Haunt Me”

They’re moody, seductive and effortlessly cool. California’s rock trio Sir Sly will release their first full album, “You Haunt Me,” on Tuesday.

Lit | Tatiana Cirisano, Contributing Culture Editor

This week’s pick: Brando Skyhorse, GW writer-in-residence

After attending Brando Skyhorse’s first reading at Gelman Library on Thursday, I immediately Amazon-primed the book. Skyhorse read excepts from his part-haunting, part-hilarious bestseller “Take This Man: A Memoir” – which recounts the web of lies that defined the author’s childhood.

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Video by Hatchet Videographers Liz Zorn and Deepa Shivaram.

Festival attendees enjoyed live music and dishes from more than 35 Georgetown restaurants at the 21st annual Taste of Georgetown.

Several people took their participation a step further, participating in a 5-pound cupcake eating contests hosted by Baked and Wired.

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Updated: Sept. 13, 2014 at 12:08 a.m.

After co-founding the music blog All Things Go and months of planning, alumnus Zack Friendly is helping to bring an indie pop festival to the District this weekend.

Promotional poster for the All Things Go Fall Classic. Photo courtesy of All Things Go.

Promotional poster for the All Things Go Fall Classic. Photo courtesy of All Things Go.

Tove Lo and Future Islands will headline the All Things Go Fall Classic on Saturday at Union Market, where HAERTS, Bear Hands and Young Summer will also take the stage. Attendees can also grab some personalized eats by Toki Underground, Takorean and Dolcezza, among others.

The presale and Early Bird tickets have been sold out for weeks, and 5,000 to 7,000 people are expected to flock to the space, a goal Friendly and his co-founders set after their first meeting.

“It’s been sort of like playing fantasy football. You get to pick all these performers that you love, and then you get to see them. But you have to pay them, which isn’t fun,” Friendly said.

The Fall Classic has been a dream for Friendly since 2006, when All Things Go first took off as a Blogspot page where the four long-time friends posted concert reviews and track recommendations.

Friendly, who transferred to GW as a junior in 2009, remembers writing album reviews for the blog between term papers at the Mount Vernon Campus’ Eckles Library, a “quadruple shot” of espresso in hand.

“When I transferred to GW, [All Things Go] really kick-started,” Friendly said. “I would say that GW does a really, really awesome job of opening doors in the city. The open campus feel, the fact that we’re downtown, you go out and explore D.C. and you see new venues.”

And the festival’s D.C.-area lineup is partly a nod to the District origins of All Things Go, and All Things Go’s Will Suter said Union Market is a perfect “microcosm” for the emerging cultural vibrance of the city.

Jen Nolan, Union Market’s marketing manager, said she hopes the festival will help the venue break into and expand D.C.’s music scene.

Traditionally known as a marketplace, Union Market recently branched out to music, hosting its first concert last November.

“I think the concert will bring a new crowd of people, not only from D.C. but from other places as well,” Nolan said. “I have tons of friends coming down from New York for the weekend, so it’s not just a local event. I think it has a really high-quality national appeal.”

With the festival just a day away, the All Things Go team has been busy finalizing every detail, from perfecting graphics to crafting a signature cocktail. But then, it’s onto the next event.

“We’ll probably start thinking about ideas for [next year’s] headliner or another artist the next day after we get through this one,” Suter said.

The All Things Go Fall Classic will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at Union Market (1309 5th St. NE) from noon to 12 p.m. Tickets: $50 in advance, $60 at the door.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly spelled the name of one of the bands that will play in the Fall Classic. It is HAERTS, not HEARTS. We regret this error.

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Cupcakes and coffee at Georgetown’s Baked & Wired have long been a staple for D.C. foodies. But soon the company will branch out to both a new location and a new bakery item.

Cupakes for sale at Baked & Wired's M St. location. Photo by Flickr user Nakeva Corothers under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Cupakes for sale at Baked & Wired’s M Street location. Photo by Flickr user Nakeva Corothers under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The owners of the cupcakery, which is known for its innovative sweets, recently signed a lease for a sister location in Mt. Vernon Triangle at 4th and K streets NW., the DCist reported.

Slated to open in 2015, the shop will focus on artisanal bread, with plans to feature a “toast bar,” a rotating assortment of homemade spreads and a daily selection of freshly baked loaves.

The 4,200-square-foot location, which is yet to be named, will also offer a few signature Baked & Wired options, like coffee, pastries and of course, cupcakes.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Madison Pontz.

The Gaslight Anthem. Photo Courtesy of Big Hassle Media.

The Gaslight Anthem. Photo Courtesy of Big Hassle Media.

After the release of The Gaslight Anthem’s fifth full-length album, “Get Hurt,” last month, the band is setting out on tour, with stops at the 9:30 Club for two sold-out shows Wednesday and Thursday.

We sat down with the band’s bassist, Alex Levine, to chat about the new album, how the group’s sound has changed and, of course, midnight snack preferences. The interview was edited for length.

Hatchet: “Get Hurt” feels a bit different from your last two albums, “American Slang” (2010) and “Handwritten” (2012). Would you agree?

Levine: Yeah, I think all of that is true. We definitely tried a bunch of new things, loops and whatnot. We went about writing the songs a bit differently. We were more conscious of writing more riffs. We never really wrote a lot of riffs in our songs. Well, we never really wrote melodies around our riffs. It was more like we just kind of tried a bunch of different things, taking a bunch of our other influences. At the end of the day, it’s kind of weird as an artist when you’re trying something else. I don’t know how much at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, you revert back to what you know and what’s natural to you.

Hatchet: Do you feel more free to experiment musically now than on the first few albums? We saw you performed the title track “Get Hurt” with strings backing you on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Levine:I think that, not being an expert on it, but just kind of seeing how musicians and bands kind of work, when bands want to try things differently, I think sometimes if it doesn’t work, usually the problem is it’s a 360-degree change overnight. It’s night and day. You go from a rock-and-roll record to a melodic-synth record or whatnot. I think that, at least in my opinion, it kind of organically, for us, found its way. We think of it as the last few songs we write on every record kind of set the tone for the next record. If we wrote a song like ‘Get Hurt’ with accompanied strings five years ago, people would’ve been like, ‘What the hell is this band doing?’

Hatchet: If someone was going to listen to Gaslight for the first time, which record would you suggest he or she listen to first?

Levine: I’d start from the beginning, but if you really wanted to understand what we were all about, I’d get ‘The ‘59 Sound.’ ‘Sink or Swim’ was our first record, but ‘The ‘59 Sound,’ I think people look at it as our first record. That was really our launching point, where we kind of came into ourselves as a band. Everything kind of represents, or goes back to, ‘The ‘59 Sound,’ so I’d say that.

If you had to pick just one Gaslight song that you’ve always really connected with and really loved, which would you choose?

 Levine: ‘The Backseat,’ off of ‘The ‘59 Sound.’ It’s the last song on the record. We play it 90 percent of the time as the last song in our set. There’s something about that song. It’s like everything just kind of stops and that song matters. It makes everything OK. There’s like a 30-second clip of that song toward the end that I think we, as a band, caught magic when we wrote it and recorded it and when we play it that we’ve never done with any other song. It’s like the stars align and we become completely in synch with each other.

Hatchet: Tell me a bit about Tiger Cuts, your new men’s clothing and lifestyle brand.

Levine: We’re about to launch the full fall collection in the next couple weeks, so the website is going to be back up and everything is going to be running at full speed. It’s a clothing company. It’s also a lifestyle brand. I’m a barber and I really enjoy the style of what old world barbershops represent. During that time period, fashionable, stylish men cared about the way they looked. It was the way that their appearance was a big deal. It’s kind of a nod to that time period, taking the essence of that time period and putting it out through clothing.

Hatchet: You tweeted that you were going to be giving fans haircuts while on tour.

Levine: Yeah, it’s crazy. I always get people to ask me, ‘Can I get a haircut? When are you going to open a barbershop?’ And I was like, ‘Well, I don’t really have time’ (laughs). But now I thought you know what, with these VIP packages, we’re doing a pre-show hangout where we’re going to hang out with everybody that comes to it. I figured it might be kind of cool if people want haircuts, I’ll figure it out on the road. Maybe it’ll be whoever contacts me first on Twitter, from whoever’s coming to the pre-show. We’ll do it right before the pre-show, outside the bus or something.

Hatchet: What is your favorite band, just in terms of personal appreciation?

Levine: Of all time, ever? The Clash, that’s an easy one.

Hatchet: It’s 3 a.m. and you’re hungry. What would you grab to eat?

 Levine: I guess depending on what’s in the fridge. A bowl of cinnamon Life cereal, that’s always a good standby.

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Gear up for a D.C. weekend that offers festivals, a free film screening and a thrifty pop-up shop.


Entrance to the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user "Gray Lensman QX!" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Entrance to the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user “Gray Lensman QX!” under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Rock n Roar at the National Zoo: At the National Zoo’s annual “Rock n Roar,” you’ll sample from wine and beer vendors, dance to tunes by this year’s headliner, The Fray, and help benefit animal care and conservation, all in the company of the zoo’s 300 species of animals. Reserve your student tickets online and don’t forget to bring a blanket and lawn chair for the outdoor event.

The National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $45 for students.

“The Music Lovers” Film Screening: The Library of Congress presents a free screening of Ken Russell’s 1970 classic musical film “The Music Lovers,” a bizarre tale about the marriage of a homosexual and nymphomaniac. The film, screened as part of the library’s September “Film Nights” series, stars Richard Chamberlain and Glenda Jackson.

Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Screening begins at 7 p.m. Free, although RSVP is required.


Promotional poster for the All Things Go Fall Classic. Photo courtesy of All Things Go.

Promotional poster for the All Things Go Fall Classic. Photo courtesy of All Things Go.

All Things Go Fall Classic: Head to Union Market for the inaugural All Things Go Fall Classic, hosted by D.C.-based music blog All Things Go. The festival, co-founded by 2011 alumnus Zack Friendly, will feature indie pop headliners Tove Lo and Future Islands along with food vendors like Takorean and Dolcezza.

Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. Noon to 10 p.m. Tickets: $50 general advance, $60 at door.

Snallygaster DC: The third annual “gargantuan beer jamboree” will be held Saturday, promising over 250 craft beers plus live music and food trucks for six hours of boozy belligerence. Listen to DJ sets by Brau Brothers and Brett, snack on bites from D.C. Empanadas and GBD Chicken and Doughnuts and of course, drink beer, all in support of non-profit Arcadia Food.

The Yards, First and N Streets SE. 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets: $30.

The Yorke Exchange at Source DC: Not in the festival mood? Check out The Yorke Exchange, a pop-up thrift boutique specializing in quality women’s contemporary wear. Browse the racks on the second floor of artistic venue Source DC.

Source DC, 1835 14th St. NW. 1 to 6 p.m. Free.


“I Remember U” Live Mixtape Experience: This free concert event combines poetry, spoken word, emceeing and beats for a unique performance in tribute to U Street’s ‘90s-era music scene. Performers include Ra Brown, Asheru, Poem-Cees and DJ Stylus.

Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Event begins at 6 p.m. Free.

Jack White at the Merriweather Post Pavilion: Jack White is the jack-of-all-trades: Originally the frontman of The White Stripes, White has since collaborated with or become a member of bands like The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. Witness the legendary musician/producer/music video director (and occasional actor) live Sunday alongside songstress Olivia Jean, whose debut album will be produced by White himself.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. Doors 6 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40 to $70.

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