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FOOD & ART FESTS + RECORDS + TRUE LIFE
Taste of Reston, voted as "Northern VA's Best Food Festival," features a weekend of food and wine. The outdoor food festival hosts nearly 30 restaurants including Il Fornaio, The Counter, Mamma Lucia and Midtown Kabob, carnival rides, live entertainment and cooking demonstrations with Williams & Sonoma, The Melting Pot, Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro, Paolo's Ristorante, and Barefoot Wine Pairings. Reston Town Center. Friday - Sunday.
Speakeasy DC presents Second Story: A Night of Works in Progress, a night where advanced storytellers take the art form to a deeper level in content, style and performance. Hosted by Vijai Nathan, storytellers featured are Mike Boyd, Derek Hills, Cara Foran, Mike Kane, Elizabeth McCain, Erin Myers and Cathy Smith. The Dunes. Friday. 8 p.m. $10 cash at door.
Sparkplug: A DCAC Artists Collective presents "Loose Ends." The collective exhibit represents each artist as "open systems operating within the mutable environment of Sparkplug." With video, photographer, painting and sculpture the artists decipher themes of neo-romanticism, deconstruction of systems and shifting frames. DCAC. An opening reception will be held Friday at 7 p.m. with an artist talk on Sunday at 5 p.m.
The Soapbox BLOWOUT! features over twenty past Soapbox performance artists, as well as new international and local performers. Hillyer. Saturday. 1 p.m. $10 donation.
Gary Valentine takes the stage at DC Improv. The stand-up comedian has appeared on Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central, King of Queens, and the films, Stuck on You and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Friday & Saturday. $15 - $17.
The DC Record Fair Father's Day Edition features 40 vinyl vendors along the East Coast, a line of up guest DJs spinning, local vintage clothing and handmade craft pop-ups, and a screen printing station by Pyramid Atlantic Art. Plus! A Bloody Mary bar. Fillmore Silver Spring. Sunday. 11 a.m. $5 early bird, $2 regular.
FILMS + BOOKS
Author Alan Furst discusses his twelfth historical spy thriller, Mission to Paris, set in 1938 Paris, surrounding a Hollywood movie star who becomes the target of a Nazi efforts to cause trouble in the city. Politics and Prose. Friday. 7 p.m. Free.
In dire need of a breakup cleanse? Lola Versus, director Daryl Wein's romantic comedy stars Greta Gerwig (Damsels in Distress), as Lola, a 29-year-old dumped by her longtime boyfriend three weeks before their wedding. Out of desperation she embarks on a series of strange affairs with numerous men in an attempt to figure out the single life nearing 30. E Street and Bethesda Row Cinemas. Opens Friday.
DMV International Film Festival presents films by local and international filmmakers with weekend screenings of 25 films including, Tin Man, Chocolate City, and Charlie Casanova. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center. Friday to Sunday. $10 per day.
In celebration of Father's Day, Etan Thomas, NBA player and author of Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge, and E. Ethelbert Miller, literary activist and author of Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer, will read from their works and discuss fatherhood. Busboys and Poets/14th&V. Sunday. 7 p.m. Free.
Dream of an endless summer at the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks. Merriweather Post Pavilion. Friday. 6:30 p.m. $45 - $125.
Brooklyn-Israel ex-pats Balkan Beat Box's global dub dance party arrives at 9:30 Club on the heels of their fourth LP, Give. In an interview with DCist, member Tamir Muskat says of the groups' sound, "The mashups are not accidental....They must live in harmony and they must make sense to us." Mucca Pazza opens. Friday. 8 p.m. $22.
It's officially summer (almost) ladies and gents. Dave Matthews Band at Jiffy Lube Live. Saturday. 7 p.m. Tickets online.
If only Eternal Summers were possible in real life. We'll just have to settle for second best. The Roanoke, Va. band brings their sun-drenched pop with locals Beach Week and Go Cozy to Comet Ping Pong. Their new album, Correct Behavior, drops July 24th. Saturday. 10 p.m. $10.
R&B-soul artist Michael Kiwanuka at Rock & Roll Hotel. "His songs purr along at leisurely tempos, harking back to the kindly, folky soul of 1960s and ’70s songwriters...," reviews the New York Times. With BAHAMAS and Elle King. Saturday. 8 p.m. $16.
Steez Promo presents a Sunday of drum and bass with TC at U Street Music Hall. Magnetie, Fringe and Masters of Death open. Sunday. 10 p.m. $10/$14.