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Despite the fact that British pop duo Smoke Fairies takes its name from mythical creatures that distract people and cause confusion, its ethereal songs are clear and crisp. The band’s latest album, May’s self-titled release, remains somewhat ghostly and quiet with more electronic beats, maintaining the character of Smoke Fairies’ earlier work without being overshadowed by experimental additions. The haunting balladry of tracks like “Eclipse Them All” gets an extra dose of gloom from organ-like synths, a kind of brooding that creates the perfect early autumn soundtrack. Read more >>> Smoke Fairies perform with Marian McLaughlin at 6:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Jordan-Marie Smith)
Mandu’s monthly late night pop-up, Anju, is back tonight at the K Street NW location. This time, Water & Wall and Maple Ave Restaurant chef Tim Ma is helping out chefs Danny Lee and Jonah Kim in the kitchen to create a unique menu of Korean-inspired drinking snacks. The event goes from 10 p.m to 1 a.m. No reservations required. Mandu, 453 K St. NW. (202) 289-6899. mandudc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Hillyer Art Space reopens after renovations with three new shows by members of the gallery’s Artist Advisory Committee and artists Rachel Schmidt and Michele Montalbano. 6 p.m. at 9 Hillyer Court NW. Free.
Friday: Brooklyn space pop duo Prince Rama spins a DJ set at Bloomingdale’s Showtime. Video Love also performs. Find more details on Facebook. 10 p.m. at 113 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Free.
Friday: Dancer and choreographer Adriane Fang presents “Grains,” a new composition that combines movement and lighting with organic materials, at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Saturday: As a comedian, Charlie Murphy is more than just Eddie’s older brother. His breakthrough finally came in 2004 thanks to Dave Chappelle; Murphy’s “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” skits on Chappelle’s Show recalled hysterical encounters with stars like the enigmatic Prince and Rick James during his obnoxious, overindulgent prime. Allow the elder Murphy to kick you in the chest with laughter during his weekend stay at the Howard. Read more >>> Charlie Murphy performs at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $30–$55. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Julian Kimble)
Saturday: Gallaudet University hosts the Day of Learning, a series of workshops and classes taught to District residents by other District residents, including bar owner Derek Brown and DJ Sam “The Man” Burns. 11 a.m. at 800 Florida Ave. NE. $10–$15.
Saturday: Mobile food vendors Milk Cut present “Two Wheel Worship,” a celebration of alternative transportation featuring food, drinks, and live music from Typefighter, More Humans, and Sean Barna, at the Lot at Atlantic Plumbing. 3 p.m. at 945 Florida Ave. NW. Free.
Sunday: Local punk quartet Priests performs at the Black Cat Backstage with Naomi Punk and Olivia Neutron-John. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Sunday: New York funk group Spirit Animal closes out the weekend at Rock & Roll Hotel with Who Needs a Pulse and Ayer. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
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