City Paper is not for tourists
For those of us who claim the city as our own but usually board a plane for the major holidays, spending a Thanksgiving in the District is an experience. The people who stay are true D.C. folks, and everyone seems to greet each other just a little more warmly when they pass each other. To me, Thanksgiving Eve means reuniting with friends at the Red Room or singing karaoke to an empty bar in Adams Morgan. What the city lacks, however, is a suitably local way to observe Black Friday (beyond raiding the Columbia Heights Target, I suppose)—so I like the sounds of the Dismemberment Plan’s show at the 9:30 Club. Opening act Priests might as well be the D-Plan’s godchildren; the two bands boast some of the best live shows on the D.C. scene today. And the 9:30 Club, as always, is so fine, it’s practically its own reason to attend, like a third act on the ticket. So why am I flying back to Texas? For family? What a bama move. The Dismemberment Plan performs with Priests at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com.