There’s a peculiar sweetness to Radiator Hospital’s music; a deep appreciation of ’50s and ’60s soul and doo-wop color the Philadelphia quartet’s forward-thinking take on indie pop. On the band’s latest record, 2014’s Torch Songs, singer/guitarist Sam Cook-Parrott croons with a tinge of melancholy about deeply personal yet universal topics: life, love, regret, anxiety. Read more >>> Radiator Hospital performs with the Max Levine Ensemble and Flasher at 7 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St. NW. $5–$10 suggested donation. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Matt Cohen)
Find oysters galore this Sunday at Rappahannock Oyster Co.‘s 2nd annual D.C. Oysterfest. From noon to 5 p.m. at Union Market, DCity Smokehouse, Red Apron, and Timber Pizza Co. will serve food along with the bivalves, while 3 Stars, DC Brau, Catoctin Creek, and others supply drinks. Circa Blue will play bluegrass. Tickets, $35, are available here. Kids 12 and under get in for free. D.C. Oysterfest at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: See psychedelic rock band Mercury Rev perform songs from its first album in seven years when the duo takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $20.
Friday: Author Anthony Marra, who impressed readers and critics alike with his award-winning first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, reads from his new fiction collection, The Tsar of Love and Techno, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Friday: The Kennedy Center continues its East River Jazz Series, which celebrates composer Billy Strayhorn, with a performance by the Samora Pinderhughes Ensemble on the Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Saturday: Anyone who’s attempted to maintain dozens of square feet of grass knows the frustration that comes with the task, and the results aren’t always visually appealing. Landscape architects Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden disrupted this style of lawn maintenance by replacing grass with perennials and ornamental plants to create a tapestry of greenery. Although this style of lawn design can now be replicated with a trip to any Home Depot, the National Building Museum pays tribute to Oehme and van Sweden’s ingenuity with its new exhibition, “The New American Garden.” Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Mondays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $7–$10. (202) 272-2448. nbm.org. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra invites Smithsonian Secretary and flutist David Skorton to join its members on stage when they present “Afro-Cuban Jazz: Back in Full Swing” at the National Museum of American History. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $25–$40.
Saturday: The 7th annual VelocityDC Dance Festival concludes today at Sidney Harman Hall with performances by flamenco troupes, African dance ensembles, and contemporary companies from around the region. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 610 F St. NW. $18.
Saturday: Support the maintenance of the trails and facilities around Carter Barron Amphitheatre by attending a funk and soul show featuring performances by Taurus Soul, Cloud 9, Future Band, and many others. 5 p.m. at 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. $10.
Sunday: When Gourmet magazine closed in 2009, its longtime editor, Ruth Reichl, wasted no time getting back to work. But without the structure of monthly deadlines, she felt untethered, so she settled into her home kitchen to process her emotions. The results of that period are documented in her new book, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Changed My Life. Read more >>> Ruth Reichl reads at 3 p.m. at Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. Free. (202) 726-0856. busboysandpoets.com/about/takoma. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: Roanoke-based pop band Eternal Summers supports its newest album, Gold and Stone, with a performance at Comet Ping Pong with local rock groups Soccer Team and Polyon. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
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