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In the days before and after the inauguration of anthropomorphic racist diarrhea puddle Donald Trump, there’s no shortage of musical events happening to protest the new fascist regime, but this little gig at the Black Cat Backstage is the best way to kick it all off. The soulful slowcore quartet Cigarette—whose latest 7-inch included some of the most hazy, gorgeous sounds to come out of the District in 2016—headlines a stacked benefit show, along with goth-tinged surf-pop trio Governess and power-pop trio Scanners. It all benefits the D.C. Abortion Fund. Read more >>> Cigarette performs with Governess and Scanners at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Matt Cohen)


Recently opened Mexican restaurant Mezcalero serves masa flatbreads called huaraches. They’re topped with beans, Oaxaca cheese, and nopales (cactus), plus a topping of your choosing. Options include chorizo, carne asada, or wild mushrooms ($9-$12). Pair huraches with the “El Mazateco” cocktail containing tamarind, mezcal, and lime ($10). The restaurant is open today from 11 a.m. to midnight. Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana, 3714 14th St. NW. (202) 803-2114. mezcalerodc.com. (Laura Hayes)


Scholar and social critic Michael Eric Dyson discusses his new book, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, with Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $14–$40.

Electronica duo Plaid performs at U Street Music Hall with Outputmessage, the electronic outfit of D.C.-based artist Bernard Farley. 9 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.

Comedian Langston Kerman, seen on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and Insecure, performs a free standup show at the Kennedy Center Family Theater. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

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