1984’s Blood Simple and 2007’s No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen’s eerie, blood-soaked, uncomfortably hilarious Texas neo-noirs, have a lot in common, down to the creepiness and originality of their respective villains, the double-crossing P.I. Loren Visser and the double-crossing hitman Anton Chigurh. But while Blood Simple, the Coen brothers’ first feature, was a deliberate riff on the various facets of their good taste—Dashiell Hammett, Alfred Hitchcock, ’70s exploitation films—with No Country for Old Men, based on the Cormac McCarthy novel, they went deeper inward. Read more >>> The films show July 29 to 31 at 6:30 p.m., August 2 at 1:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and August 3 at 12:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $12. (202) 518-9400. washingtondcjcc.org. (Jonathan L. Fischer)
After delays in bringing a key ingredient in from Japan, Daikaya‘s cold ramen finally made it onto the menu a couple weeks ago. Diners can choose from a spicy sesame version or a soy-based one. The noodles are boiled and chilled to order, and because they’re not soaking in soup, they retain their chewy, al dente texture. The dish is topped with chashu (thinly sliced pork), nitamago egg, corn, cucumber, kombu, cherry tomatoes, bean sprouts, arugula, carrots, ginger, and shredded nori. (There’s also a vegetarian version with marinated mushrooms rather than pork.) Grab one of these $14 bowls weekdays during lunch in the second-floor izakaya. Read more about the cold ramen on Young & Hungry. Daikaya, 705 6th St. NW. (202) 589-1600. daikaya.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Bilingual folk rock band Elena y Los Fulanos celebrate the release of their first album, Miel Venenosa, with a performance at Tropicalia. 7 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $15.
Local hardcore band Give and electronic duo Protect-U play this summer’s final concert at Fort Reno. 7 p.m. at Chesapeake Street and Nebraska Avenue NW.
Comedian and regular Comedy Bang Bang guest James Adomian performs a solo show at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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