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Starting in 1998, Wilco and Billy Bragg created a picture of the American West by setting the forgotten lyrics of Woody Guthrie to music on the Mermaid Avenue albums. Two decades later, Jay Farrar, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy’s former bandmate in Uncle Tupelo, crafted a different image of California when recording the soundtrack for the Jack Kerouac documentary One Fast Move or I’m Gone. He remains rooted in the alt-country world, both as a solo artist and with his group Son Volt. When he takes the stage at the Birchmere, Farrar performs the lushly instrumented tracks from Son Volt’s first album, Trace. Read more >>> Jay Farrar performs with Holy Suns at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50. (703) 549-7500. thebirchmere.com(Caroline Jones)


The Travel Channel’s Barbecue Paradise is filming at DCity Smokehouse today. The restaurant is encouraging customers to show up anytime from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and they may even be interviewed for the show. The episode will highlight chef Rob Sonderman’s smoky brisket chili half-smoke and his Big Snoop sandwich (a half-smoke topped with smoked pork, red chile coleslaw, and barbecue sauce). Both sandwiches are $1 off today. DCity Smokehouse, 8 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 733-1919. dcitysmokehouse.com. (Jessica Sidman)


The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden draws attention to the sculptural work of surrealist artists like Man Ray, Salvador Dalí, and Marcel Duchamp in its latest exhibition, “Marvelous Objects,” opening today. Among the featured pieces is Dalí’s famous “Lobster Telephone.” Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 10 a.m. at 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free.

Australian pop duo Strange Talk takes the stage at U Street Music Hall with another Australian pop group, opening act Intergalactix. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $16.

Doc Martens brings its Stand for Something tour to DC9 tonight, with performances by Canadian blues rock act July Talk, San Diego two-piece Little Hurricane, and Brooklyn rock band Spirit Animal. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $15.

After performing the first two plays in the Apple Family Cycle in 2013, Studio Theatre reassembles the cast to perform the two final plays in the cycle, Sorry and Regular Singing. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at 1501 14th St. NW. $20–$81.

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