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It’s unheard of for a band as heavy, and as late in its career, as Converge to be making records as vital as this year’s The Dusk in Us. The band began in the early 1990s and has steadily grown into the hardcore behemoth it is today. Its reputation largely hinges upon its 2001 masterpiece Jane Doe, an album that transcends genre: All stripes of aggressive music enthusiasts enjoy blasting it when looking to alienate messy or avoidant housemates. This is a band that rips live and needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Singer Jacob Bannon is a sight to behold, shrieking in a manner that belies his slight, tattooed frame. And although it might make for a headache inducing evening, arrive early for local longhairs Give who start the proceedings with a dose of head-banging flower-power punk. Read more>>> Converge performs with Give at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $22.50–$25. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com.(Matt Siblo)


Cycling-themed Bar Roubaix is now open in Columbia Heights, serving a hefty menu of fried food from around the world. There are fried olives served with truffle aioli ($11), Kartofelpuffer potato pancakes with apple sauce and blackberry jam ($8), and arancini stuffed with your choice of meat or shrimp ($12). Larger plates include a doner kebab ($13) and a currywurst ($13). Wash it all down with beers ranging in price from $5 for Natty Boh to $12 for Chimay. The bar opens daily at 5 p.m. and the kitchen closes at midnight. Bar Roubaix, 1400 Irving St. NW. facebook.com/RoubaixDC. (Laura Hayes)


The Music Center at Strathmore presents its traditional holiday mash-up, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, which reimagines the Tchaikovsky classic with hip-hop choreography. 7:30 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $28–$58. 

Cinema Hearts bring their dreamy rock-pop to Black Cat Backstage. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10. 

The exhibit T is for Television presents beloved objects (an Oscar the Grouch puppet!) from classic children’s television programs like The Mickey Mouse Club, Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, and Bill Nye the Science Guy at the National Museum of American History. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.

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