Take 5 for Sept. 14 to 16

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Nationals Park Friday

The Boss is back.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band return to D.C. for a Friday night show at Nationals Park. Springsteen played a sold-out show at the Verizon Center on April 1, just weeks into his Wrecking Ball Tour.

After playing and stadiums throughout Europe for most of the summer. Bruce and the band took a short break. But now the Boss is back in the USA, this time, stadiums and ballparks. And after performing their 3-plus-hours shows through downpours at Boston's Fenway Park and Chicago's Wrigley Field, Bruce and the band will get a gorgeous night in Washington.

Insider tip -- though the show is sold out, check for tickets being released early in the day on Tickets.com and later in the day at the ballpark's box office. - Keith St. Clair

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

'Skin' Exhibition at Strathmore, opens Saturday

Harriet Lesser first got the idea of presenting an exhibition on body modification after a conversation with D.C.-based tattoo artist Paul Roe five years ago at Artomatic.

Highlights of "Skin" include two mini studios set up by Roe, of the H Street tattoo parlor British Ink; a body paint from Craig Tracy; and henna by Bhavna Naik.

"It's a real homage to the fact that humans love adornment," said Lesser of henna.

Lesser, a self-described tattoo watcher, hopes that people who visit the exhibition leave with an appreciation of individuality, in other people or in themselves.

"I hope they take away taking a closer look at the details of other people," Lesser said. "It's alright to notice differences and appreciate their individuality. Or in the mirror."

When: Opens Saturday; free opening reception Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.; exhibition runs through Nov. 3

Info: Hours vary, free; strathmore.org

Thievery Corporation at the D.C. Fairgrounds Saturday

One of the biggest acts to come out of D.C. headlines the Fairgrounds, across from the Navy Yard Metro station. Thievery Corporation tops the billing, with Gogol Bordello, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and more. Enjoy the outdoors while you can.

When: 1 p.m. doors, 2 p.m. show time Saturday

Info: $48.50 general admission; $195 VIP; thieveryatfairgrounds.com

Bon Iver at Merriweather Saturday

Bon Iver, the project fronted by Justin Vernon, has been flying high. Kanye collaborations, Grammy Awards, and now a headlining show at Merriweather. No bad at all. With Anais Mitchell.

When: 6:30 p.m. doors, Saturday

Info: $40-$55; merriweathermusic.com

A Taste of Wine & Jazz in Crystal City Sunday

Wine, food, jazz and free salsa dancing lessons bring Crystal City to life.

When: From 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday

Info: $20 for food and wine, $10 for food only; crystalcity.org

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