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Your metalhead friends wept openly when they heard about the death of Jeff Hanneman, one of Slayer‘s founding members. Right then, something hit you: “Maybe I should listen to some Slayer. Y’know, out of respect.” When you put on “Angel of Death,” you remembered that metal fucking rules, and now you’re fucking hooked. Good, news, convert! Maryland Death Fest is here to melt your face. Big bands always rally for Death Fest: This year unites Virginia’s Pig Destroyer (shown), metalcore band Converge, and Norwegian black-metal titans Carpathian Forest under one roof. Read more >>> The Maryland Death Festival runs May 23 to May 26 at the former Sonar space, 407 E Saratoga St., Baltimore. $51-$57. marylanddeathfest.com. (Alan Zilberman)


There is no event too small that some restaurant or bar won’t turn it into a drink special. Case in point: Latin American restaurant Ceiba is offering a Sinkhole de Mayo cocktail until the 15-foot-deep sinkhole at 14th and F streets NW is fixed. The $5 drink consists of Appleton VX rum, housemade sour mix, pineapple juice, and grenadine. Ceiba, 701 14th St. NW. (202) 393-3983. ceibarestaurant.com. (Jessica Sidman)


The SuperNOVA performance art festival doesn’t begin until June 7 but the Pink Line Project’s Philippa Hughes discusses the festival with participating artists and arts leaders from around the city tonight at Artisphere. 6 p.m. at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free.

Alt-country band Futurebirds performs at the 9:30 Club with Floating Action and Justin Jones. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20.

Artist Jennie C. Jones discusses her current exhibition at the Hirshhorn, “Higher Resonance,” and the ways avant garde visual and musical art practices overlap with Jason Moran, the Kennedy Center’s artistic adviser for jazz. 7 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum, 7th St. and Independence Ave. SW. Free.

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