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Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer made crowdfunding history in 2012 when her Kickstarter campaign to produce an independent album raised more than $1 million, setting a then-record high for the site and inspiring her popular TED talk, “The Art of Asking.” She’s rarely been shy about relying on fans for help and support, having stirred up some controversy when she offered to pay local musicians who joined her band in beer and hugs as opposed to, well, money, on a 2012 national tour. Her new book is an extension of that TED talk, a memoir that explores Palmer’s history of asking, from busking for a living as an 8-foot-tall statue in a wedding dress to countless nights on tour couchsurfing in strangers’ homes. Read more >>> Amanda Palmer performs at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $15–$18. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Jordan-Marie Smith)
If you’ve never tried barnacles, now’s your chance. Union Market’s Rappahannock Oyster Bar is serving Spanish gooseneck barnacles this week. The off-menu special, $20, comes in a broth with sherry, thyme, garlic, oil, lemon, paprika oil, and onions. Read more about this delicacy on Young & Hungry. Rappahannock Oyster Bar, 1309 5th St. NE. (202) 544-4702. rroysters.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The members of Animal Collective take up residence at U Street Music Hall. Stop by for DJ sets by Avey Tare, Geologist, and Deakin. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $10.
Check out current trends in Ibero-American photography at “Contemporary Identities: Invisible Gestures,” an exhibition of photos from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal presented at the Mexican Cultural Institute as part of FotoWeekDC. 4:30 p.m. at 2829 16th St. NW. Free.
Country-rock vocalist Lucinda Williams performs at the Lincoln Theatre in support of her latest studio album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $40.
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