When she started the website Design*Sponge in 2004, DIY connoisseur Grace Bonney wrote posts highlighting cute storefronts and impeccably chic Brooklyn apartments with tapestry headboards that you somehow believed you could recreate in your own home. Over the course of a decade, she turned the site into an international community for creative readers, where, in addition to learning how to maximize storage space in a 300-square-foot studio, they could figure out how to license their art and work through their fear of pursuing a creative career. For her latest project, Bonney has expanded on this advice-giving kick and produced In the Company of Women, a book featuring interviews with more than 100 ladies in which they discuss everything from finding and keeping a good job to maintaining healthy relationships. Read more >>> Grace Bonney speaks at 7 p.m. at Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. $50. (202) 387-1400. kramers.com. (Caroline Jones)
Sally’s Middle Name has a new fall menu, and one dish is the star: roasted delicata squash in a green curry sauce served with jasmine rice ($11). It’s somewhat reminiscent of Thai X-ing’s beloved pumpkin curry. Other autumnal dishes include sautéed green cabbage, Stayman apples, and duck confit ($10) and roasted carrots, harrissa, herbs, and pickled shallots ($9). Sally’s Middle Name, 1320 H St. NE. (202) 750-6529. sallysmiddlename.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Tonight might be your only chance to catch SOMNIA, the bi-coastal collaboration between The Max Levine Ensemble‘s David Combs and RVIVR‘s Erica Freas. SOMNIA started as a kind of musical experiment: Combs and Freas wanted tap into the dream world, dream the same dream, and write a song together in that astral plane. It didn’t exactly work out. But what did evolve was an album of dream-inspired songs that the duo worked on whenever they crossed paths. The album, How the Moon Shines on the Shit, is a years-in-the-making collection of anthemic and melodic pop-punk songs, whose lyrical contents transcend into the dream world. The band’s show at Songbyrd tonight is one of a few record release shows it’s playing in support of the album. 7:30 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $10–$12.
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