A scorching hot weekend for pool parties, beaches in the city, and brand new rooftop decks! Brixton, a British pub, the brainchild of Eric Hilton and the same minds behind Marvin, Patty Boom Boom and Blackbyrd opens its doors Sunday at 11 a.m.! To tide you over before then, Masa 14 and Marvin's rooftop's are the perfect chill hangout spots — if melting in the long lines don't bother you.
The Tender Thrill's debut LP, All Night, riffs from Bruce Springsteen to The Ramones, pulling indie rock back with a sense of nostalgia. If you missed their performance last February, don't miss this one. Comet Ping Pong. Quilt and Young Magic open. Friday. 10 p.m. $10.
Grammy-winning R&B singer/songwriter Regina Belle performs at Blues Alley. Friday - Sunday. 8 & 10 p.m. $43.
An Athens invasion with alternative band Modern Skirts and Americana-rock band District Attorneys at Rock and Roll Hotel. England in 1819 opens. Friday. 9 p.m. $10.
Local indie-pop outfit Silver Liners perform at DC9. Basement Batman and Council Bluffs open. Saturday. 9:30 p.m. $10.
Post-rock-metal band Black Clouds, featuring former members of Solar Powered Sun Destroyer takes the stage at Black Cat. Torild and Gunny Sack open. 8 p.m. $8. Sunday.
Sacred Roots Indie Arts and Musical Festival celebrates independent artists featuring Grammy-nominated indie artists, an open air marketplace and workshops. Ellington Theatre. Sunday.
FILMS + THEATER
Totally Awesome 6 returns for another summer with Great Films of the 1980's at AFI Silver Theatre. Take a trip down memory lane this weekend with Explorers, Withnail and I, and E.T. Friday - Saturday.
Spy Cinema presents a selection of spy films spanning more than 80 years featuring a special James Bond ode, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Screening this weekend are Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, Mata Hari, and Dishonored. AFI Silver Theatre. Friday - Sunday.
Woody Allen's To Rome with Love, a romantic comedy set in Rome, Italy, stars an ensemble cast with stories told in four vignettes. Allen also stars in the film as a grouchy American opera director who tries to put a singing mortician on stage. Finally, a smart romantic comedy to look forward to. E Street Cinema/Bethesda Row Cinema. Opens Friday.
An intimate affair with the Ooh La La Belly Dance & Sideshow Revue featuring Ami, Ebony, Candy Del Rio, Lisa Zahiya, Reverend Valentine, Shakra, and hosted by MC Aaron Share. Montserrat House. 7 p.m. $10/$15.
The 2012 DC Black Theatre Festival presents:
Max Garner's Sphere: The Thelonius Monk Story, the story a pioneer of bebop and an "exploration of 20th century racial politics, mental illness, and the nature of genius." Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Saturday & Sunday. $17.97.
Babygirl, the coming of age sitcom/drama/confessions of a media-codependa-lova-holic, stars playwright Kaypri in a journey through life growing up watching 70's and 80's television. Sitar Arts Center. Saturday - Sunday.
COMEDY + BOOKS
Comedian and actress Aisha Tyler who's starred as Tyler, Ross's love interest on Friends, and appeared in 24, Talk Soup, Girl on Guy Podcast and the Adam Carolla Show takes the stage at DC Improv. Friday - Saturday. $22.
Actor and comedian Pauly Shore takes his show to 9:30 Cub. Godrey, Rachel Feinstein (another chance, if you missed her show at Riot Act Comedy Theater!), and Vidur Kapur open. Saturday. 5:30 & 9 p.m. $20.
Novelist Joshua Henkin talks about his third novel, The World Without You, set in the Berkshires, a family gets together for an annual reunion after the death of the family's youngest son, Leo, in Iraq. Politics and Prose. Sunday. 5 p.m. Free.