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As the District’s central library, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library serves as the city’s official information repository. Within its three stories, users can explore D.C.’s history in the Washingtoniana room, check out a variety of contemporary fiction titles, and, for the next month, interact with 11 different works of art, installed at the library as part of its celebration of Banned Books Week. As part of “UNCENSORED: Information Antics,” the artists present work that responds, in some way, to the capture and dissemination of information. Guests can see the work at the exhibition’s opening celebration tonight, when area bartenders will serve cocktails inspired by famous banned books, or wander through the installations at their leisure throughout October. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Mondays through Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., to Oct. 25, at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. (202) 727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk.
D.C.’s first cider producer ANXO Cidery & Pinxtos Bar has yet to open its doors in Truxton Circle, but patrons can get a taste for the cidery’s fare tonight when it hosts “Drinking with Basquatch” at Colony Club. Starting at 6 p.m., visitors can try more than 20 ciders curated by the ANXO team from around the world, available by the glass and a la carte. A selection of pintxos (Basque for small bites) will also be offered, along with grilled steak, seafood and vegetables for those looking for a heartier meal. If you didn’t make it to the cidery’s first two sold-out events, you’re in luck: Tonight, there’s no ticket required. Colony Club, 3118 Georgia Ave. NW. (202) 722-7202. colonyclubdc.com. (Tatiana Cirisano)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Award-winning musical creators Stew and Heidi Rodewald celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner with a new song cycle, Wagner, Max! Wagner!, inspired by the German composer, that opens at the Kennedy Center tonight. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $40.
Friday: Pioneering indie-rock band Yo La Tengo arrives at the Lincoln Theatre to perform in support of its new album, Stuff Like That There. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 6:30 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $35.
Friday: Vocalist Phil Cook, who’s performed with Megafaun and the Shouting Matches, plays a solo show at DC9. 7 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12.
Saturday: That the Mynabirds’ third record, Lovers Know, is songstress Laura Burhenn’s most personal album should come as no surprise to fans of the vocalist who previously made up half of the D.C.-based pop duo Georgie James. Her rich, swelling vocals carry over the album’s shimmering synths, throbbing bass, and glittery cymbal clashes, giving Lovers Know a dreamy, ethereal quality. Each track is at once intimate and grand, personal and universal—the perfect balance for a powerful live performance. Read more >>> The Mynabirds perform with Stranger Cat and Bad Bad Hats at 6 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Tatiana Cirisano)
Saturday: Drink an extra cup of coffee and plan to stay up late exploring the District during the annual Art All Night festival. Read more about participating acts and venues on the event’s website. 7 p.m. at various locations throughout D.C. Free.
Saturday: Embrace the folksy spirituality of Hoodoo when checking out multimedia artist Renée Stout’s latest exhibition, “Wild World,” at Hemphill, opening today. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 10 a.m. at 1515 14th St. NW. Free.
Sunday: Minnesota-based hip-hop collective Doomtree began in 2001 as a group of friends burning CDs to distribute to other acquaintances. The group has since gone on to build a record label and a publishing house, mix beats, and write press releases for each other’s solo albums in a one-stop independent shop. The Doomtree members, each accomplished artists in their own rights, synthesize their styles into a punk-and-poetry-tinged brand of hip-hop. Read more >>> Doomtree performs with Speedy Ortiz and Serengeti at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $20. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Emily Walz)
Sunday: Country music queen Loretta Lynn might be 83 years old but that doesn’t stop the coal miner’s daughter from sharing her music with the masses. She appears at the Lincoln Theatre tonight alongside the Von Trapps, another musical family whose life was adapted for the screen. 6:30 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $55–$75.
Sunday: Malian multi-instrumentalist Vieux Farka Touré has spent much of the last year collaborating with American singer Julia Easterlin on Touristes, an album where both artists explore their musical and cultural roots. They present the results when they perform together at the Howard Theatre. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $15–$35.
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