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Within the guano-labyrinth that is Wikipedia, this is one of my favorite sentences: “The Ultimate Warriors were a bivocal Powerviolence band from Nazareth, Pennsylvania.” Members of the Ultimate Warriors eventually founded Pissed Jeans, a univocal band that performs throbbing, eruptive guitar music with weird and/or obnoxious moanin’ and hollerin’ by a deceptively incisive frontman named Matt Kosloff. Lately, Kosloff has been “singing” about project managers, cat allergies, marriage, aging and “the male gaze.” Most contemporary punk- or metal-influenced music sounds kind of dull in comparison. Read more >>> Pissed Jeans performs with White Lung at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Joe Warminsky)
Celebrate the Thai new year tonight at Mad Momos in Columbia Heights. The new Himalayan dumpling restaurant is partnering with locally based Apinya Thai Food Co. for food and drink specials. (Much better than the Thai tradition of throwing water on passers-by.) From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Apinya will set up a kiosk for people to sample and buy their sauces (including two new ones), and Mad Momos will serve their dumplings with the Apinya’s sauces (five for $4). The Apinya Thai Chili Sauce will also be incorporated into the barbecue chicken sandwich ($6), a plate of five wings ($4), and a Bloody Mary ($5). Mad Momos, 3605 14th St. NW. (202) 829-1450. madmomos.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Tonight: Being known as “the most controversial organist in the world” is a pretty easy title to earn. But if he’s going to aim for such a title, Cameron Carpenter will at least surpass it with flair; his hair, makeup and skin-tight, sequined outfits suggest a lovechild conceived in a Liberace-Alexander McQueen-Marilyn Manson three-way acid trip. His prima donna insistence on never announcing his programs in advance is annoying, or rather would be, if he played an instrument people actually knew any programs for. But as an organist, he’s free to indulge in sci-fi-inspired works like “Kill Me, Atomic Girl” alongside “The Well-Tempered Clavier” and only risk pissing off the three or so purists in the audience. Did we mention he’s also good at his instrument? 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $20 – $40. (Mike Paarlberg)
Tonight: Local musicians pay tribute to late jazz artist Donald Byrd at THEARC. Among those performing are flautist Bobby Humphrey and Byrd’s former group, The Blackbyrds. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE. $20–$35.
Friday and Saturday: Damaged City Fest is here. This weekend, the fest looks to do for hardcore punk and metal what Trillectro did for synthy hip-hop, with an assemblage of D.C.’s finest and sludgiest alongside a smattering of other bands from around the world. D.C.’s grimy metal outfit Ilsa is on the bill along with local favorites Coke Bust, Give, and Sick Fix. The national acts are worth getting pumped about, too: Detroit hardcore legends Negative Approach and Raleigh’s Double Negative headline the two-night show. The whole fest goes down at Columbia Heights’ only punk church, St. Stephen’s, hearkening back to D.C.’s old DIY glory days. Read more >>> 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. $16.50–$36.50. (Matt Cohen)
Saturday: Rodney Ascher’s Room 237—the new documentary that explores a few ardent fans’ cockamamie theories about the deeper meaning of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining—presents the kind of obsessive nerdiness one would find after a late night of drinking with, well, a bunch of obsessive film nerds. Sure, the theories are about as left of center as you can get, but Ascher’s film exclusively uses footage from The Shining to visually explain each interviewee’s theory in a way that’s almost convincing. It’s also a stark reminder of just how fucking great—and terrifying—The Shining is. Luckily, you can experience both when Dupont’s West End Cinema screens double features of Room 237 and The Shining for a week. Read more >>> The films play throughout the week at West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. See our showtimes for listings, and read Tricia Olszewski’s review of the film here. $8–$16. (Matt Cohen)
Saturday: The New Orleans Bingo! Show is pulling out all the stops when it hits the Kennedy Center. Along with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the evening’s lineup also features indie-pop group Givers, burlesque performances by Fleur De Tease and Mystic Ponies Aerial Troupe, and music from Queen Diva of bounce, Big Freedia. 8:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20–$48.
Saturday: Venture north on the Red Line and check out Art Hop Takoma. The fourth annual celebration features the work of more than 60 artists, all displayed on the streets of Old Takoma. 11 a.m. at Carroll and Laurel avenues, Takoma Park. Free.
Sunday: Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company fills multiple niches in the D.C. dance community. It keeps alive the ancient tradition of Bharatanatyam, a movement-based form of Indian storytelling but is equally committed to restaging works by the late American modern dance choreographers, including Anna Sokolow. Among other hallmarks, Sokolow pioneered multimedia imagery in dance. Expect to see pipes, apples, derby hats, and other objects that frequently floated in Magritte’s paintings. Read more >>> 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. N.E. $8–$22. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Sunday: High-profile pianists abound in D.C. this April—-but if technical precision is your metric of musicianship, you can’t beat Maurizio Pollini. Pollini gets called “icy,” “aristocratic,” and a “cold fish,” and these are by critics who like him. The man doesn’t showboat. He simply plays every piece perfectly and with ruthless efficiency, minimal pedalwork, and an intolerance for superfluous dynamic changes. If this makes him a bit stiff, he’s certainly no Lang Lang. And for many, that’s a good thing. Read more >>> 4 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $38–$78. (Mike Paarlberg)
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