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Fall is almost here and for some, falling leaves and chillier weather might bring back nostalgic college memories of moody bands grooving on a makeshift stage. Luckily, Comet Ping Pong can return you to those grungy days with a triumvirate of moving, dreamy rock groups. Porches sets off the night with Aaron Maine’s darkly electronic and fuzzy ballads that grow deeper and more complicated as time goes on. He defines himself as “dark muscle” and it shows on somber and heavy songs like “Leather.” Read more >>> Porches performs with Witch Coast and Sitcom at 10 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com. (Jordan-Marie Smith)
L’Hommage Bistro Francais is now open for dinner in Mount Vernon Triangle. The restaurant from the owner of Alba Osteria focuses on French classics—no twists. Expect staples like onion soup, escargots, steak frites, duck confit, and chicken liver pappardelle. For dessert, there’s creme brûlée and profiteroles. The restaurant has more than 200 bottles of French wine to choose from plus a dozen draft European and local beers and cocktails. Read more on Young & Hungry. L’Hommage Bistro Francais, 450 K St. NW. (202) 791-0916. lhommagedc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Celebrate the Ethiopian New Year at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium with performances by acclaimed musicians Mahmoud Ahmed and Tineshu Tilahun. The festivities kick off with a coffee ceremony presented by Takoma Park’s Blessed Coffee. 7:15 p.m. at 730 21st St. NW. $35.
Friday: Mac Sabbath, your favorite Black Sabbath cover band that dresses as McDonald’s characters, plays the Black Cat tonight with local punk band Rote. 9 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
Friday: Country rocker Langhorne Slim headlines the 9:30 Club tonight with his band, the Law, and Virginia-based folk band Twain. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
Saturday: After handling the Civil War a few years ago on The Monitor, New Jersey indie-punk stompers Titus Andronicus have moved on to the really heavy stuff: manic-depression.The Most Lamentable Tragedy, the band’s new saga about frontman Patrick Stickles, clocks in at more than an hour and a half. But this epic trip to the therapist’s couch hasn’t taken away Titus’ penchant for bangers about staying up way too late and drinking way too much. Read more >>> Titus Andronicus performs with Spider Bags and Baked at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $16–$18. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Will Sommer)
Saturday: At 57, Madonna still knows how to put on an arena rock show. She proves that fact tonight, when she brings her Rebel Heart tour to Verizon Center. 8 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $43–$358.
Saturday: The Anacostia Arts Center launches its Live Saturdays series with a performance by local hip-hop act Shining Blade Theory. RSVP and find more details on Eventbrite. 5 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
Sunday: For the squeamish among us, seeing oneself reflected in a seven-foot-tall monolith filled with blood can be quite off-putting. New York-based artist and filmmaker Jordan Eagles pressures viewers to confront their discomfort with his new installation at the American University Museum. “Blood Mirror” responds to the Food and Drug Administration’s policy that prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood, a decision that grew out of the AIDS crisis. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Tuesdays through Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to Oct. 18, at the American University Museum, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 885-1300. american.edu/museum. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: Arena Stage opens its fall season with Destiny of Desire, a world premiere play about babies swapped at birth that draws inspiration from telenovelas, this weekend. Following the Sunday night performance, stick around for a Latin American dance party with local Cuban dance group the DC Casineros. 7:30 p.m. at 1101 6th St. SE. $50–$90.
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