The Weekend Guide

mikaela davis!

Bittersweet symphony.

Mikaela Davis
The harp-plucking songbird debuts her shimmering talent to local audiences.
Why: We think she’s the next Joanna Newsom.
When: Sun., 8 p.m.
Where: Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW, b/t S & T Sts. (202-667-4490). Tickets ($10) at ticketfly.com.

The Download
What: Apps, movies, books, and more Web fodder that caught our eye.
Why: A self-deprecating memoir, SNL’s welcome addition, and the latest on Veronica Mars.
When: Break time.
Where: At dailycandy.com.

Ride DC
The new indoor cycling studio in Columbia Heights offers high-energy classes designed to burn 400-600 calories to a heart-pounding EDM sound track. Chart your 2014 fitness goals with the studio’s software.
Why: First-timers can book a free 45-minute introductory CommunityRide class (Sat., 10:30 a.m.).
When: Daily. Class times vary.
Where: 2217 14th St. NW, at W St. (202-558-9307).

Alba Osteria
: Pasta master Roberto Donna brings fresh sausages, aged cheese, roasted beasts, chestnuts, truffles, and oodles of noodles to NoMa.
Why: Try the tajarin with veal ragu (a pasta so rich it gets 42 egg yolks per kilo) or crispy pies from an oak-burning pizza oven.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-midnight; Sat., 10:30 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: 425 I St. NW, b/t 4th & 5th Sts. (202-733-4454).

Gary Shteyngart
The acclaimed novelist reveals his immigrant story in Little Failure, a memoir of his family’s experience leaving Soviet life in Leningrad and tumbling into the American dream.
Why: Listen as he reads his super, sad, true life story.
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, b/t Nebraska Ave. & Fessenden St. (202-364-1919). Admission is free.

Pack fans of Erik Bruner-Yang’s ramen into your roadster and set a course for Charm City. The owner of Toki Underground joins forces with Spike Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen) for a takeover of the latter’s coffee shop.
Why: Spelt ramen and dumplings sub for the sun in the dead of winter.
When: Today-Sat., 6:30 p.m., until the soup runs out. (Also Jan. 16-18.)
Where: Artifact Coffee, 1500 Union Ave., at Buena Vista Ave., Baltimore (410-235-1881).

Washington Winter Show
What: What’s old is new again as 45 antiques dealers display their precious wares. This year’s theme, Southern Celebrations: Traditions Handed Down, draw(l)s the James Beard Award-winning Lee brothers and lifestyle writer Julia Reed to greet y’all.
Why: Do good times three — the event benefits the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, THEARC Theater, and The Founders Board of St. John’s Community Services.
When: Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Katzen Arts Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, at Ward Cir. (202-885-1000). Tickets ($20) at the door.

Photo: Aaron Winters

2217 14th St NW
@ W St
Washington, DC 20009
Artifact Coffee
1500 Union Ave
@ Buena Vista Ave
Baltimore, MD 21211
425 I St NW
@ 4th St
Washington, DC 20001
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
bt Fessenden St & Nebraska Ave
Washington, DC 20008
Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
@ Ward Cir
Washington, DC 20016
1811 14th St NW
bt S & T Sts
Washington, DC 20009