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The emergence and cultural development of the United States has long sparked interest and curiosity among Germans, whose conceptions of the country have evolved over time from idealized images of Native Americans as “noble savages” in an earlier era to, more recently, a fascination with its wide, open spaces and the American spirit of enterprise. In its “Picturing America” series, the Goethe-Institut presents three films on this theme. Tonight’s featured film is Chingachgook, The Great Snake, a 1967 East German “red Western” based on the fictional chief in James Fenimore Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans. Read more >>> The series runs from Oct. 5 to Oct. 26 at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. $4–$7. (202) 289-1200. goethe.de/washington. (Vanessa H. Larson)


Forthcoming noodle bar and small plates restaurant Yona will pop up at Mike Isabella‘s G once again today and tomorrow. The menu includes a few ramen bowls as well as chilled soba. There will also be dry-fried wings with gochujang and raw items like geoduck and uni. Find the full menu here. Yona at G, 2201 14th St. NW. (202) 234-5015. gbymikeisabella.com/yona-pop-up-at-g. (Jessica Sidman)


Wendell Pierce, the actor best known to fans of The Wire as Detective Bunk Moreland and a native of New Orleans, discusses his new book, The Wind in the Reeds, about his family and the city’s struggle for survival in the decade following Hurricane Katrina, at Politics and Prose. 7 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Folk-influenced rock band the Lighthouse and the Whaler hails from Cleveland but heads east for an intimate show at DC9, featuring opener Keeps, a dreampop act out of Nashville. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.

Canadian rock band Destroyer headlines 9:30 Club tonight in support of its new album, Poison Season. The band is joined by folk artist and fellow Canadian Jennifer Castle. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.

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