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Her long bangs and knowing face might suggest Eleanor Friedberger has a don’t-mess-with-me punk-rock attitude, but don’t lump her in with other 21st century Ramones: Friedberger rocks a little quieter. She recently released her feelings-fueled second album, Personal Record, which is driven by Friedberger’s meticulous songwriting and invokes a bit of ’70s folk poignancy. Read more >>> Eleanor Friedberger performs with TEEN at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1880. ustreetmusichall.com. (Paula Mejia)
The owners of Georgetown’s Bangkok Joe’s and Shirlington’s T.H.A.I. open a new fast casual concept called Tom Yum District in Rosslyn today. In the ShopHouse-like assembly-line, diners can mix and match between four bases (pad thai rice noodles, white or brown jasmine rice, or Asian mixed salad), four proteins (steak, chicken, shrimp, tofu), 10 toppings (cucumber relish, peanuts, fried garlic, bean sprouts), and five sauces (lemongrass-ginger, panang curry). Also among the sauces is the restaurant’s namesake, Tom Yum, a housemade chili paste and lime. The dishes cost between $6.75 and $7.95. A number of specialty Thai teas and beers are also available. Tom Yum District, 1515 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. (703) 528-8424. tomyumdistrict.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
If you’re not exhausted by documentaries after AFI Docs, you can follow the career of Minnesota slocore band Low in Low Movie (How to Quit Smoking). It chronicles the band’s relationship with director Philip Harder, who’s been with the band since it started in 1993. 7:30 p.m. at AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $11.50.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival continues throughout the weekend. The 2013 slate is bringing in some pretty esoteric acts, but it’ll still offer a slew of hands-on, family-friendly activities in all corners and dance parties that kick in after 6 p.m. Read more in our Summer Fun Guide and check the complete Folklife schedule on the Smithsonian’s website. All day on the National Mall. Free. (Steve Kiviat)
North Carolina rockers Gross Ghost perform at the Black Cat Backstage with White Laces and Twin Tigers. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
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