Every few years, Des Ark—the musical project of North Carolina’s Aimée Argote—shows up to her local radio station to, as she puts it, “fumble through a bunch of songs, live on-air.” It’s more of an exercise for Argote than anything else—she tests out some new, unrehearsed songs that are later reworked with a full band into a proper album. Over the years, Des Ark has deftly surfed the tides of dark, hushed folk and piercingly loud noise-punk. Everything Dies, its latest album, is definitely the former, but live shows often find Argote and her band shredding and thrashing like it’s the last rock show they’ll ever play. Read more >>> Des Ark performs with Pygmy Lush and the City and I at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com. (Matt Cohen)
Jaleo is celebrating the very short season for Spanish “clementinas” this week with a variety of menu specials. Through Dec. 20, all D.C.-area locations will serve dishes like pork belly confit with butternut squash and clementines as well as fried goat cheese with clementine marmalade. The fruit also makes its way into three different cocktails. Jaleo, multiple locations, jaleo.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Indie rock act San Fermin takes the stage at the 9:30 Club in support of its latest album, Jackrabbit, with folk vocalist Sam Amidon. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
Eight local comedians, including Haywood Turnipseed Jr. and John Conroy, perform short sets at the Black Cat Backstage during its regular Identity Crisis Comedy Showcase. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Keep in the holiday spirit and head south to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts where Moscow Ballet presents its Great Russian Nutcracker. 7 p.m. at 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $28–$175.
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