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Unlike virtuosic hard hitters like Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham or The Who’s Keith Moon, former Cream drummer Ginger Baker used his talents for evil, competing with bandmates Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce instead of complementing them by hanging back. Bad vibes followed Baker away from the kit, as made clear in Beware of Mr. Baker, a new documentary directed by D.C. native Jay Bulger. Read more >>> The film opens Jan. 25 and runs all week at West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. $8-$11. (202) 419-3456. westendcinema.com. (Justin Moyer)
D.C. Meat Week has begun. The annual festival leading up to the Super Bowl (Jan. 27-Feb. 3) celebrates the glory of all things barbecue. Today, head to Hill Country Barbecue Market in Penn Quarter, then check out more meat-centric festivities at restaurants like Epic Smokehouse, Pork Barrel BBQ, and Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling the rest of the week. New to Meat Week this year is a food truck face-off with BBQ Bus, Carnivore BBQ, Curley Q’s, and PORC at LivingSocial’s event space at 918 F St. NW on Friday. Find the schedule for D.C. Meat Week here. Hill Country Barbecue Market, 410 7th Street NW. (202) 556-2050. (Jessica Sidman and May Wildman)
OH AND ALSO
Find out which local theatrical productions reigned supreme this year when the Helen Hayes Award nominations are announced this evening. For the first time, you can stream the nomination announcement beginning at 6:45 p.m. on theatreWashington’s website or on its Facebook page.
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health presents acclaimed mezzo-soprano María José Montiel and accompanist Miquel Estelrich Serralta in a performance of arias and traditional songs from Spain and the Americas honoring the Alliance’s 40th anniversary. 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. Free; reserve tickets by calling (202) 797-4357.
The Used, We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, and Mindflow play the 9:30 Club tonight. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the It Gets Better Project, which benefits LGBT youth. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $27.50.
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