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There are avant-garde songwriters, and then there’s Laurie Anderson, who’s been deftly walking the tightrope between eccentric pop artist and soothsayer since her first big hit, 1981’s “O Superman.” Over the course of its eight expansive minutes, “O Superman” evolves from a series of cryptic spoken-word chants into a nightmarish premonition for the dystopian future. Legend has it that Anderson, who’d stopped performing the song for a long time, brought it back for a post-9/11 benefit concert at New York City’s Town Hall. Suddenly, her once vague predictions seemed as alarming and unsettling as ever. You may have to wait 20 years for her Birchmere set to make sense within the context of current events, but when it does, it’ll be worth it. Read more >>> Laurie Anderson performs at 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $39.50. (703) 549-7500. birchmere.com(Dean Essner)


Celebrate Halloween a day early with “Absinthe Minded,” DGS Delicatessen’s tribute to the wormwood spirit. Part of the monthly “Delicatessen After Dark” cocktail series, the evening will include $10 specialty cocktails—with St. George, Kubler, or Vieux Carre absinthe—from barman Brian Zipin. Try the Absinthe Suisesse with orange blossom water, orgeat syrup, cream, almond, absinthe, and nutmeg, or the scary Corpse Reviver #2 with absinthe, gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, and orange. DGS Delicatessen, 1317 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 293-4400. dgsdelicatessen.com. (Jamie Slater)


Forum Theatre begins performances of How We Got On, Idris Goodwin‘s play about three suburban kids who come of age in the 1980s set to a soundtrack of classic hip-hop and rap. 8 p.m. at 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $15.

Brooklyn-based funk group Lettuce takes the stage at 9:30 Club with fellow funk quartet Exmag. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.

Artist Gian Garofalo presents a new collection of striped drip paintings this month at Long View Gallery. Sneak a peak at the works during tonight’s opening reception. 6:30 p.m. at 1234 9th St. NW. Free.

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