Anyone who’s been to Graceland or knows anything about Elvis understands that the King of Rock ’n’ Roll has inspired many bizarre tributes, from cupcakes to love poems. The H Street Playhouse hosts one of the more action-packed celebrations of the King’s birth this weekend when Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club returns to the ring. Though it sounds crazy and possibly illegal, the title spells out exactly what to expect: a burlesque-themed evening of bouts, with special appearances by local burlesque stars Kittie Glitter and Candy del Rio—and Elvis himself. Read more >>> Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club takes place at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and runs to Jan. 5 at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $16–$20. (202) 544-0703. outofthisworldparty.com. (Caroline Jones)
Hikari Sushi & Sake Bar is now open on H Street NE. The sushi spot comes from the same owner who runs Matsutake Sushi in the Reagan National Airport and Dulles Airport. The menu includes a wide selection of specialty maki rolls as well as “chef’s signatures” like chicken lettuce wrap, bulgogi, and hibachi-cooked meats. There’s also udon and several varieties of ramen as well tempura ice cream for dessert. Hikari Sushi & Sake Bar, 644 H St. NE. (703) 608-3167. hikarirestaurant.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Tonight: We don’t hear enough from the trio that jump-started the new Silver Age of D.C. jazz. Yes, it was The Young Lions who in the late ’90s got U Street NW swinging again when they started playing weekly at the gone-but-not-forgotten Cafe Nema. They return to the strip tonight and Saturday for four sets at Bohemian Caverns. Read more >>> (Michael J. West)
Saturday: After Chain & the Gang frontman Ian Svenonius reads from his latest book, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group, at Politics & Prose, he’ll hop next door to Comet Ping Pong for an after-party with Kid Congo Powers and special guests. Both events are free. 6 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW., and 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Saturday: In photography, the march of technology goes on, but black-and-white imagery never loses its authority. At least it would seem so, looking at David Myers’ and Harvey Kupferberg’s show at Glen Echo’s PhotoWorks Gallery. Read more >>> (Louis Jacobson)
Sunday: There was a time when the 12 Days of Christmas referred not to a dozen email marketing promotions running between Dec. 13 and 24, but to the days following Christmas, when a trio of wise men visited Mary and Joseph 12 days after the infant Jesus was born. Three Kings Day, as the holiday is known, is a huge deal in Latin American and Iberian cultures, and today, Gala Hispanic Theatre continues its three-decade tradition by offering a free celebration in Columbia Heights. Read more >>> (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
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