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Each week, I’m on here telling you all about the happenings and goings on around you for the upcoming weekend.

Yeah, new movies are out there (yes, if you haven’t gone to see “Guardians of the Galaxy,” yet, you really should), the Orioles and Nationals are in the thick of the MLB playoff hunt and the NFL preseason is kicking off as well, plus there’s always a bevy of TV shows to catch up on.

Let’s not forget, though, there is a lot of stuff to do out there in the community, whether it’s going to see a show, dining out at a great restaurant or enjoying a concert — there’s always SOMETHING for you to do. Here’s a taste ...

In Montgomery County, award-winning musician Rita Coolidge brings her sultry sounds to the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Sunday.

One of VH1’s original veejays, Coolidge has released more than a dozen albums, including her multi-platinum disc “Anytime ... Anywhere.” She’s also the voice behind the classics, “We’re All Alone,” “Higher And Higher,” and “The Way You Do The Things You Do.” She’s worked with former Beatle George Harrison and even Jimmy Buffett.

Tickets for the show are $35. For more information, visit bethesdabluesjazz.com.

Over at New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, it seems like there’s always something going on. Everything Thursday there’s Mid-Day Melodies and Amy C. Kraft and, chances are, Takoma Park’s own John Guernsey is going to be near playing the piano. This week, Fast Eddie & The Slow Pokes will be playing from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday.

The name alone should pique your interest, but in case that doesn’t do it for you, Fast Eddie & The Slow Pokes bring a little bit of everything to the stage — blues of all shapes and sizes (Chicago, West Coast, Swing and Jump) with a hint of soul. Needless to say, it’s enough to get you up and out of your seat quick, fast and in a hurry.

For more information about the show, or any show at New Deal Cafe for that matter, visit newdealcafe.com.

Imagine being in the crowd the very first time the Beatles ever took the stage. Or when an unassuming guy no one had ever heard of stepped to the microphone and said, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” Could you imagine what it would be like, once they became famous, to be able to say to your friends you saw them BEFORE they were famous? Head on over to Jammin Java this weekend and you might be able to say that in the near future.

AJ Smith, the talented singer-songwriter, may have honed his craft at NYU in New York, but he grew up in Fairfax County. He’ll be performing at Jammin Java on Sunday.

Although he’s still a young guy, Smith has written and collaborated on more than 100 original songs and has already hit the charts in Australia with his song “Summertime.” I mean, the guy has opened for The Eagles and counts Glenn Frey as one of his personal mentors for crying out loud! Yeah, he’s that good, but don’t take my word for it — go see for yourself!

Tickets for the show range from $10 to $15. For more information, visit jamminjava.com or call 703-255-1566.

Now, seriously, go out there and have yourself a weekend!

wfranklin@gazette.net