Saturday and Sunday: Race in America: Where Are We Now? at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center

With David Mamet's play "Race" as an anchor, the Washington DC Jewish Community Center presents an "arts and ideas" weekend this Saturday and Sunday titled "Race in America: Where Are We Now?"

In addition to three performances of "Race," the weekend will feature panel discussions, live music and film screenings. The minifestival is a collaboration across all of the JCC's art departments.

"The issue of race impacts all of us on an intimate level," said DCJCC CEO Carole Zawatsky.

With Mamet's "Race" already scheduled, the rest of the weekend started to fall into place about six months ago. Zawatsky said that the performance was a natural centerpiece for the weekend because of its power and ability to dig into issues of race and gender.

Zawatsky added that art plays a major role in looking at exploring challenging issues such as race.

"I have a belief that the arts have a capacity to pierce our souls," she said.

When: Opens at 4 p.m. Saturday, runs through Sunday

Info: Individual tickets to events vary, festival passes range from $40 to $95;

Friday: GBD Pre-Opening Pop Up at Birch & Barley

Husband and wife team Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIsaac are opening a new restaurant GBD (Golden, Brown & Delicious) next month in Dupont Circle. This Friday and next Friday, enjoy a sneak peek of their fried chicken and doughnuts at this temporary pop-up preview at Birch & Barley.

When: Starts at 11 a.m. and goes until they sell out

Info: $8 for a lunch box of chicken, $8 for a four-pack of doughnuts;

Friday: Drgn King at 9th & Beats

Philadelphia fuzzy indie rock act Drgn King, which Esquire magazine has named an artist to watch in 2013, performs at 9th & Beats on Friday.

When: 7:30 p.m. doors

Info: $7 in advance, $10 at the door;

Friday through Sunday: Eddie From Ohio at the Birchmere

Long-loved Virginia based act performs three nights at the Birchmere. Saturday is sold out, but tickets remain for Friday and Sunday. With Dan Navarro.

When: 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Info: $35;

Sunday: The Wammies at the State Theatre

This 27th annual celebration of local music is back once again. The Washington Area Music Association recognizes the best D.C.-area musicians in multiples categories. Performers include Ruthie & the Wranglers and a tribute to Chuck Brown featuring Be'la Dona.

When: 7:30 p.m. doors

Info: $20 for WAMA members, $35 nonmembers;