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According to legend, the Pilgrims settled in Plymouth, Mass., because their beer rations ran low. While the brew they carried from England hardly resembles what we drink today, alcohol and America have been inseparable since the nation’s founding. “Spirited Republic,” a new exhibition at the National Archives Museum, aims to illustrate how we’ve come to appreciate (and sometimes despise) our booze. Exhibited items include a first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous’ “Big Book,” presidential letters and artifacts, newsreels and PSAs from the Prohibition and post-Prohibition eras, and a large graphic model detailing how much booze Americans have guzzled throughout U.S. history. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to Jan. 10, 2016 at the National Archives Museum, Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW. Free. (202) 357-5023. archives.gov. (Tim Regan)
Tonight is the last night for Mandu’s monthly pop-up series Anju. The all-star cast of guest chefs preparing tonight’s late-night Korean bar snacks menu includes Jeff Black (Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, BlackSalt, etc.), Michael Schlow (Tico), and Tim Ma (Water & Wall, Maple Ave Restaurant). Specials include a crispy pork belly taco with pickled watermelon radish and cucumber; ramen noodle stir fry with shrimp, scallop, and squid; and something called “duck on a wok.” Dishes are $6 each or three for $15. The festivities start at 10 p.m., and the restaurant will take reservations for the main dining room. Seats at the bar are first-come, first-serve. Find out more about the future of Anju on Young & Hungry. Mandu, 453 K St. NW. (202) 289-6899. mandudc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: North Bethesda’s newest music venue, AMP, opens tonight with a two-night stand by alt-country vocalist Jay Farrar of Son Volt and Uncle Tupelo. 8 p.m. at 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. $30–$45.
Friday: Capital Fringe tests out the sound system at its new headquarters with performances by Koyaki, Heavy Breathing, and Time Is Fire. Find more details on Facebook. 8 p.m. at 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Free.
Saturday: Of Montreal, a product of the Athens, Ga., collective Elephant 6, creates esoteric disco music for eager dancers—and on the group’s new album, Aureate Gloom, it’s expanded on that sound. Recorded in the Texan desert just across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Aureate Gloom is, like most everything in of Montreal’s discography, full of song titles so specific as to be nearly inscrutable. This is band-as-wild-spectacle, and that carries over to the outfit’s live performances, which are rife with elaborate sets and fluorescent costumes. Read more >>> Of Montreal performs with Yonatan Gat at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (James Constant)
Saturday: Comedian Rob Delaney, known for his many Twitter followers and Netflix specials, performs at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $25.
Saturday: Local rockers Young Rapids celebrate the release of their latest album, Pretty Ugly, with a show at Rock & Roll Hotel featuring the Sea Life, Go Cozy, and Den-Mate. Before the show, check out our review of the LP. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Sunday: For many twentysomethings in D.C., a job is more than just a paycheck: It’s also a social group and sense of place in the city. Kathryn Coughlin’s play Bigger Than You, Bigger Than Me examines fears, both mundane and overwhelming, that screw with us in this refreshing new work about what our jobs and lives mean in the larger scheme of things. While the subject matter’s not quite uplifting, chances are good you’ll leave feeling less isolated and obsessed with your job’s tiny details. Read more >>> The play runs March 5 to 15 at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. $10–$15. (202) 631-6291. fieldtriptheatre.com. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: Nebraska-based rock quartet Twinsmith closes the weekend with a performance at DC9 with And the Kids. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
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