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To most tourists, Guam is a tropical paradise—a place full of picturesque scenery and lush beaches. But like any paradise, there’s a dark side. In her eye-opening documentary Exotic, producer/director/editor Amy Oden turns her camera away from the idyllic beaches to one of its most lucrative underground trades: the sex trade. The island seems like an ideal place for women who want to work as dancers. Its laws make it easy for dancers to make a good deal of money in a short amount of time. But those same laws enable club owners and tourists to take advantage of dancers. Through candid interviews with a number of dancers and sex workers in Guam, Oden exposes the perils these women face just to make enough money to survive. Read more >>> The film shows at 8 p.m. at Suns Cinema, 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW. $5. sunscinema.com. (Matt Cohen)
Take advantage of DC Cocktail Week by visiting one of the more than 30 participating bars pairing their best cocktail with an accompanying bite. Eat Bar, for example, is offering the “Dead Man’s Party” (mezcal, dry curaçao, lime, and lambrusco) with an ancho braised beef hot pocket ($15). China Chicano is serving a sour cherry pisco sour paired with a octopus ceviche spoon ($14). DC Cocktail Week runs through Nov. 20. Multiple locations, dccocktailweek.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Irish soul vocalist Gavin James plays his award-winning songs at Rock & Roll Hotel with opening act Matt Simons. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
Classic New York grunge band Helmet hosts a reunion show at the Black Cat alongside fellow grunge act Local H, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $16.
Local songwriter Be Steadwell, a current artist in residence at Strathmore, brings her jazzy funk songs to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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