eliza berkon is a features writer and musician based in washington d.c. 

11 Things to Do In And Around D.C. This Weekend

With the weekend shaping up to be a little less soggy than initially thought, you might as well get some events on your calendar. And no, binge-watching Jack Ryan or voraciously flipping through Fear for the juicy parts doesn't count.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

SHARING HIS PLATE: Lauded chef-turned-philanthropist extraordinaire José Andrés sits down with Washington Post food writer Tim Carman to discuss We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time, a book that explores his aggressive effort to serve millions of meals in Puerto Rico's first year of recovery from Hurricane Maria. (Politics and Prose, 7 p.m., $15)

A FRESH LOOK AT AN OLD WAR: In an effort to provide a more balanced view of an ever-controversial war, the Assembly for Democracy in Vietnam presents an all-day symposium, Vietnam War Revisited, that highlights South Vietnamese perspectives. (National Archives McGowan Theater, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE without meals, $75 with meals)

TWENTY TWENTY TWENTY FOUR HOURS TO GO: Get knee-deep (perhaps in distressed jeans) in a history and analysis of D.C.'s '80s punk scene and follow it up with a live performance from local band Beauty Pill at The Punk Rock Type. (Howard Theatre, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $45)

OH BOY, DANNY: It's a travesty for any Irish pub to close, but what makes this bearable is the fact that it's really just changing locations. (What's Gaelic for "phew"?) Visit Duffy's for its last night near the U Street corridor at Duffy's Irish Wake, and stick around for some bagpipes and a free Irish whiskey toast at midnight. (Duffy's Irish Pub, 8 p.m.-Midnight, Cost of drinks)

MORECheck Please! (East City Bookshop, 6:30 p.m., FREE), DC Turkish Film Festival: Butterflies (Freer Gallery of Art, 7 p.m., FREE), My Neighbor's Caring Love (Joe's Movement Emporium, 10 a.m./8 p.m., $20-$30), Literary Cocktails: The Incendiaries (Petworth Citizen, 7 p.m., Cost of drinks), SOLE Defined (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 6 p.m., FREE)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

NO WALLFLOWER: Self-described "post-post-modern" vaudeville vocalist Meow Meow is not the kind of artist who leans against a baby grand and sings "Send in the Clowns" sotto voce. Instead, the UK-based musician is known for her "kamikaze cabaret," a go-big-or-go home approach to vocal performance. (Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 7:30 p.m., $29-$39)

COULD THIS BE EDEN? It may be the year of the dog, but it's also the year of hops, at least according to the International Herb Association. To celebrate, the National Herb Garden is hosting Botanical Brews, a gathering of area brewers who will be pouring some exclusive batches, alongside some "heavy hors d'oeuvres." And don't worry: If rain puts a damper on things, the party will move indoors. (National Herb Garden, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., $40, 21+)

CLAP YOUR CLAWS: The sixth annual Beltway Barks, a spin-off of Bernadette Peters' Broadway Barks, draws attention to animal rights, raises funds for shelters and offers on-site animal adoption—all while keeping you entertained with musical performances from local actors. (Rockville Town Square, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., FREE)

DACA IN SPOTLIGHT: In the play WET: A DACAmented Journey, we learn the story of Anner Alexander Alfaro Cividanis, an undocumented U.S. resident who was smuggled across the Mexican border as a baby by his young mother and, later, a coyote. The autobiographical one-man show by Cividanis (who goes by Alex Alpharaoh) explores the ongoing challenges undocumented residents must face each day in a country whose immigration policy remains fluid and controversial. (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 6 p.m., FREE)

MORE: New Music DC (Georgetown University, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., $10-$25), The 47th Anniversary of the DC Black Repertory Company (Lincoln Theater, 6:30 p.m., $25-$35), D.C. Wine Fest (Big Chief, 1 p.m.-10 p.m., $35-$60, 21+), Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre (Dance Place, 8 p.m., $15-$30), Celtic Thunder X Tour (Warner Theatre, 8 p.m., $34-$76+), Gallery Clarendon Grand Opening (Gallery Clarendon, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., FREE)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

THIS ... IS AMERICAN IDOL: For those who didn't know American Idol was back on the air, it came back last March after abandoning ABC for its rival, Fox. At American Idol: Live! 2018, see winner Maddie Poppe and several finalists from Season 16, as well as Season 8 winner Kris Allen. (Warner Theatre, 7 p.m., $20-$73+)

YOU MAY NEED THIS: Skip the bar crawl (or just do it later in the day) because #SweatinShawis offering a "studio crawl" from fitness outlets such as Urban Athletic Club, District Pilates, and The Yoga Shala. Plus, there's brunch, a DIY clay mask bar, and swag. (The Colonel, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., $50-$75)

HEALTH AND HAPPINESS. To celebrate La Clinica del Pueblo's 35th anniversary, it's hosting La Fiesta del Barrio, a five-hour fest with food, dancing, and an interactive mural in the lineup. (Mount Pleasant Street, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $5-$50)

MORE: Rachel Whiteread Lecture (National Gallery of Art, 2 p.m., FREE), Emerson String Quartet (National Museum of Natural History, 6 p.m., $50-$60), Elizabeth Spires and Michael Collier (Politics and Prose, 1 p.m.-2 p.m., FREE), Handel and Bach: Sing a New Song(Washington Bach Consort, 3 p.m., $10-$69)

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