The Reach Opening Festival, celebrating the Kennedy Center’s dramatic new pavilions, runs from Saturday, Sept. 7, to Sunday, Sept. 22. For free, timed-entry passes to the campus, visit kennedy-center.org, call 202-467-4600 or stop by the box office. The Georgetown galleries’ Fall Art Walk and the opening reception for five American University Museum exhibitions are this Saturday night. On Sunday, parade with your pet at the DC State Fair. For more September events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Pancakes & Booze Art Show
On Thursday, Sept. 5, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., this underground pop-up art show — introducing some of the nation’s top emerging artists and serving all-you-can-eat pancakes — will return to D.C. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. There will also be live audio performances and body painting at this 21+ event. Tickets are $15 at the door (cash only). A limited number of $18 line-jumper tickets are available in advance. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-803-2899.
‘Extreme Lengths’ at Dance Place
Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE, will present a series of technology-driven, movement-based performances produced by Ben Levine. Under Levine’s direction, a team of designers and movement artists will collaborate to assemble a unique experience in which audience members get up close and personal with dancers and designers. Performances are: Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 and 7 p.m. Admission, including one drink ticket, is $35 ($25 for artists). For details, visit danceplace.org or call 202-269-1600.
Opening Reception: ‘Newly Connected’
On Friday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m., the Korean Cultural Center DC, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW, will hold a free opening reception for “Newly Connected,” a group exhibition that illuminates the experience of immigrants acclimating in America through videos, installations and paintings by Korean American artists Namwon Choi, Kyoung eun Kang and Kieun Kim. For details, visit koreaculturedc.org or call 202-939-5688.
The Young Dubliners at Hamilton Live
One of Celtic rock’s hardest working bands, the Young Dubliners will perform at the Hamilton Live, 600 14th St. NW, on Friday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. In recent years, the group has appeared twice on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Also on the program is Dublin 5, offering “an eclectic mix of traditional roots and blazing instrumentals with an amped up rock twist.” Tickets are $29.75 and $19.75 (bar area/standing). For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-787-1000.
Author Talk at Woodridge Library
Columbia University urban planning professor Lance Freeman, author of “There Goes the Hood,” will talk about his book “A Haven and a Hell: The Ghetto in Black America” on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Woodridge Neighborhood Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. Tickets are free with RSVP. For details, visit anacostia.si.edu or call 202-633-4820.
Georgetown Fall Art Walk
The Georgetown galleries on Book Hill will hold their free Fall Art Walk on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. This year’s focus is on abstract work, with solo shows by artists working in a variety of media. The participating galleries, on or near upper Wisconsin Avenue, are: Addison/Ripley Fine Arts, Calloway Fine Art & Consulting, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Klagsbrun Studios, Artist’s Proof and Via Umbria Galleria. For details, visit georgetowngalleries.com.
Opening Reception: AU Museum
The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, will hold a free opening reception for the museum’s fall exhibitions — including “Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun: Reframing Abstract Expressionism”: “Moves Like Walter: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection”; “Prints & Artists: WD Printmaking Workshop 1970-Present”; and “Our World Above: Monoprints and Glass by Annette Lerner” — on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. Prior to the reception, there will be a 5 p.m. gallery talk by Pam Rogers, Lynn Sures and Mel Watkin on their “Topographies of Life” exhibition of drawings, the fifth show on view. Admission to the talk is free with RSVP. For details, visit american.edu or call 202-885-1000.
The Chuck Brown Band at the Reach
As part of the Reach Opening Festival at the Kennedy Center, the Chuck Brown Band will perform a special tribute to Brown — the man who created go-go, the sound of D.C. — on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. Special guest Bootsy Collins will join the band to funk things up on the Reach Plaza Stage. Tickets are free with RSVP. For details, visit kennedy-center.com or call 202-467-4600.
Gelato Festival America
The D.C. edition of Gelato Festival America will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8, at City Market at O, 800 P St. NW. The festival opens on Saturday at 11 a.m. and the day’s activities conclude with an eating contest at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, the programming starts at noon and ends with an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. A wristband gives attendees access to all-you-can-eat gelato in the competing flavors and to festival activities. The chef with the most votes will continue his or her gelato journey at the Gelato Festival World Masters 2021. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and veterans and $10 for age 12 and under. For details, visit gelatofestival.com.
DC State Fair
The 10th annual DC State Fair, showcasing the District’s agricultural, culinary and creative talents, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Gateway DC, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE on the St. Elizabeths East Campus. The fair will feature a pet parade and competitions to find D.C.’s tastiest mumbo sauce, best honey and most creative hula hoopers. Admission is free. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Ethiopian New Year Celebration
The Embassy of Ethiopia, 3506 International Drive NW, will host a free Ethiopian New Year celebration (Enkutatash) on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. In Ethiopia, after months of torrential pour, the month of September sees fresh, clear skies, with the highlands teeming with flowers. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Brandee Younger at the Reach
Also on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m., harpist Brandee Younger will give a performance at the Kennedy Center in Studio K of the Reach as part of the Reach Opening Festival. Younger taps into the spiritual well that fueled the art of both Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane, yet remains ever cognizant of the times. Admission is free with RSVP. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.