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Emily Francisco would rather do almost anything other than play the piano, or so her piano-based visual performances might lead people to believe. For “The Trans-Harmonium: A Listening Device”—a piece that she is bringing to Artisphere while she serves as artist-in-residence—Francisco wires a distressed-looking keyboard to a series of radio alarm clocks. Read more >>> The exhibit is on view Wednesdays to Fridays 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays noon to 11 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m., with open studio hours Fridays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to Jan. 12, 2014, at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 875-1100. artisphere.com. (Kriston Capps)


Happy hour grub doesn’t have to be about chicken wings and nachos. Upscale vegan restaurant Elizabeth’s Gone Raw offers a Thursday happy hour with raw small plates and drink specials on organic wines, ales, and cocktails. RSVP on FacebookElizabeth’s Gone Raw, 1341 L St. NW. (202) 347-8349. elizabethsonlstreet.com. (Jessica Sidman)


The Godfather of Go-go would have turned 77 today. While Chuck Brown himself is no longer here to celebrate, the Howard Theatre does it for him tonight with performances by the Chuck Brown All-Star Band and Suttle Thoughts. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $20.

Meanwhile on U Street NW, Chicago soul group JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound perform at 9 p.m., followed by D.C. dance band House of Soul at 10 p.m. 9 p.m. at Tropicalia, at 2001 14th St. NW. $10.

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