Weekend outlook – Celebrate a Jazz legend in Kogod Courtyard

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Celebrate the 100th birthday and musical legacy of Jazz’s “first lady of song,” Ella Fitzgerald, in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard this weekend.

Before you start cramming in long study sessions to prepare for finals, cram in as much art and live music as you can this weekend.

Friday

Artomatic’s Meet the Artist Night

Experience more than 600 artists, performers and creative talents at this non-profit, volunteer-run event that aims to strengthen community through artistic expression. At this weekend’s Meet the Artist night, you’ll get to mingle with the creators of the art. Artomatic showcases visual art across many mediums, like screening short films, offering salsa dancing lessons and hosting hand painting workshops. With a “take a book or leave a book” library, live music and a marketplace where you can purchase unique art pieces, this festival has an activity for everyone.

1800 South Bell Street, Crystal City, Va. 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday

Ella turns 100

Celebrate the 100th birthday and musical legacy of Jazz’s “first lady of song,” Ella Fitzgerald, in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard. Vocalist Sharon Clark will perform alongside an ensemble to honor Fitzgerald, who was the first African-American to win a Grammy award, showcasing works that span her impressive career and repertoire. The Duke Ellington School of the Arts New Washingtonians Jazz Ensemble will kick off the celebrations with a special tribute.

Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, 800 G St., NW. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

Sunday

The Black Angels & A Place to Bury Strangers

Get out and listen to some dark indie rock sounds at a local favorite venue, the 9:30 Club. The Austin, Tx. natives, The Black Angels, have released their first new album in four years featuring songs and lyrics that strike political chords as they deal with division, protest and uncertainty about the future. The Brooklyn-based trio A Place to Bury Strangers are set to release their fifth album this fall. Their indie rock music has a spontaneous feel to it, a vibe that should translate well at a live show.

9:30 Club, 815 V St., NW. 7:00 p.m. $25.

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