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There’s a lot of sexy music out there. But for all those sultry tunes, there’s little music that actually sounds like sex. “Let’s Get It On,” for one, is all about the build-up. College, the brainchild of French musician David Grellier, actually sounds like the act itself. There are no words, the tempo’s not too fast, and the ’80s-style synths are pulsing. Read more >>> College performs with Furniteur at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $15. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Alan Zilberman)
Get ready for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving feast with a “Stretch Your Belly” party at Belgian French bistro Et Voila! in the Palisades. The restaurant will serve unlimited Blue Bay mussels with cream, endive, sweet potatoes, and dry vermouth paired with fries and Affligem Blonde Ale. Alternatively, go for the Carbonade a la Flamande, a traditional Belgian sweet-and-sour beef and onion stew paired with fries and Gouden Carolus. Both options cost $29.95 per person and are available from 5 to 10 p.m. Et Voila!, 5120 Macarthur Blvd. (202) 237-2300. etvoiladc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Wednesday: Local go-go enthusiasts Familiar Faces perform a late show at the Howard Theatre to kick off the holiday break. 11 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $25–$40.
Thursday: Much of my experience with Asia comes from photos. Likewise, the Sackler Gallery’s newest exhibition allows visitors to experience Asia from the perspective of the temporary visitor. Contemporary photography is displayed along with Japanese woodblock prints and souvenirs from around the continent, making visitors question why certain scenes and locations are chosen to represent an entire nation. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to May 31 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-4800. asia.si.edu. (Caroline Jones)
Thursday: Tropicalia welcomes dancehall DJs Spyda, Nemesis, and Majestic, who’ll invite you to dance off your enormous dinner. 10 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. Free.
Friday: For those of us who claim the city as our own but usually board a plane for the major holidays, spending a Thanksgiving in the District is an experience. What the city lacks, however, is a suitably local way to observe Black Friday, so I like the sounds of the Dismemberment Plan’s show at the 9:30 Club. Opening act Priests might as well be the D-Plan’s godchildren; the two bands boast some of the best live shows on the D.C. scene today. Read more >>> The Dismemberment Plan performs with Priests at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Kriston Capps)
Friday: The local rock keeps coming when Woodbridge, Va.-based band Shirt/Pants play Rock & Roll Hotel with Soup, Tomato Dodgers, and Mattress Financial. 7:30 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Saturday: Downtown D.C. lacks any sort of arboreal retreat, but local artist Martine Workman has transformed the Flashpoint Gallery into a forest of sorts. She’s not bringing trees inside or gluing leaves to the walls—instead, she’ll create an environment inspired by the woods, displaying her books and zines full of nature images, small mixed-media sculptures, and an animated video- game installation. Read more >>> “Dusk Woods” is on view Wednesdays through Saturdays noon to 6 p.m. to Dec. 20 at Flashpoint Gallery, 916 G St. NW. Free. (202) 315-1305. culturaldc.org. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: If you don’t want to pay to see this weekend’s big blockbusters, head to the National Portrait Gallery for a free screening of Italian director Marco Bellocchio‘s Vacation in Val Trebia, a simulated home movie that should make you appreciate your own family even more. 2:30 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
Sunday: Famed choreographer George Balanchine died in 1983, and three decades later, the founder of the New York City Ballet still casts a long shadow at the Kennedy Center. Former Balanchine muse Suzanne Farrell brings her eponymous company to the center’s Opera House this weekend. The dancers will interpret four pieces originally conceived by Balanchine, as well as one by Balanchine’s contemporary Jerome Robbins. Read more >>> The Suzanne Farrell Ballet performs Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $20–$95. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Sunday: The countdown to Christmas has officially begun and Round House Theatre welcomes the season with a new musical production of The Nutcracker based on E.T.A. Hoffman‘s classic story. 3 p.m. at 4545 East West Highway, Bethesda. $25–$45.
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