The Anacostia Arts Center’s Eclectic Tuesday series brings free performances from magicians, burlesque dancers, musicians, and poets to the Southeast neighborhood each week throughout the spring. This week’s featured act is local experimental punk/soul/jazz outfit Laughing Man. It’s been nearly two years since the group released its stunning Be Black Baby EP—named one of Washington City Paper’s best local records in 2014—and a year since it debuted a music video for “Body Cop,” a chilling commentary on police violence. Still, Laughing Man’s music remains as relevant as ever. Read more >>> Laughing Man performs at 7 p.m. at Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free. (202) 631-6291. anacostiaartscenter.org. (Justin Weber)
Just in time for spring, Columbia Room debuts its “punch garden” patio today. The outdoor space will have its own menu of punches and bottled cocktails like the “R&RBT” with rhum agricole and rhubarb basil tonic. Meanwhile, the bar’s tasting room has a new spring menu that uses unique ingredients like pickled cherry blossoms, toasted orgeat, and red sandalwood powder. Columbia Room, 124 Blagden Alley NW. (202) 316-9396. columbiaroomdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Roots music aficionados can enjoy sets from two of the genre’s greatest practitioners, when Bill Payne and Jim Lauderdale perform together at The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $17–$25.50.
Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe hosts its monthly “Can I Kick It?” film and music series celebrating martial arts culture. Screening tonight is the Eddie Murphy comedy The Golden Child; DJ 2-Tone Jones provides the evening’s soundtrack. Find more details on Facebook. 6 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. Free.
For a dose of spectacle, head to Verizon Center for Rihanna‘s Anti world tour alongside opening act Travi$ Scott. 7:30 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $35–$160.
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