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When Slayer bassist-vocalist Tom Araya sings the lyrics of 2006’s “Jihad” on the album Christ Illusion, he sounds every bit the terrorist depicted in the song. But that, too, is an illusion: Despite Slayer’s decades of confounding conservative folks with outrageous tunes, the veteran thrashers traffic in the same obscene fantasy as horror films. Read more >>> Slayer performs with Gojira at 7:30 p.m. at Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $45. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Christopher Porter)
A&D bar is teaming up with Rappahannock River Oysters again for a night of sipping and slurping. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Rappahannock’s shucking champion, nicknamed “Shooter,” will start shucking 1,000 oysters. The bivalves will go for $21 a dozen or $11 for a half dozen. Specialty cocktails are $8. Attendance to the “ShawShuck Redemption” event is free, but you can RSVP in advance here. A&D, 1314 9th St. NW. (202) 290-1804. andbardc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The National Press Club and Politics & Prose come together for the 36th Annual Book Fair and Author Night, where authors including Elliott Holt, Mark Leibovich, and Anna Holmes will sign and discuss their work with readers. 5:30 p.m. at 529 14th St. NW. $5–$10.
Minor Alps, the alt-rock duo of Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws, plays the Black Cat Backstage with Sylvan Esso. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $20.
Electric Cowbell records celebrates the release of a new record by D.C.-via-Mexico producer G-Flux (the subject of a recent One Track Mind column) with a DJ set at Café Saint-Ex. 8 p.m. at 1847 14th St. NW. Free.
If D.C. is divided along color lines, what happens when you close your eyes? No need to wade blindly into oncoming traffic to find out; tonight, settle into the Goethe-Institut’s plush auditorium, close your eyes, and let your ears do the work. Marika Partridge created a 20-minute D.C. soundscape for the BBC in March, which she’ll present and discuss, accompanied by another soundscape from the D.C. Listening Lounge. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 7 p.m. at 812 7th St. NW. Free. (Aaron Wiener)
The Organization of American States honors the 85th anniversary of the Inter-American Commission on Women with Wounded to Death, Serena Dandini’s live performance of monologues about femicide. 7 p.m. at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
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