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The overarching sensibility of the Sonic Circuits Festival Experimental Music Festival is easy to summarize—it celebrates out-there musicians and cutting-edge composers who have solid cred in one way or another—but no two editions of the festival ever seem to be the same. In 2011, the center of gravity was Silver Spring; this year it’s all about H Street NE, with the Atlas Performing Arts Center as the sole venue. Last year there weren’t many big names, but the 2012 lineup is a totally different story. Read more >>> (Joe Warminsky)

The Sonic Circuits Festival runs Sept. 28–30 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Free to $40 depending on performance. See a complete schedule at dc-soniccircuits.org.


Hudson Restaurant & Lounge closes tomorrow. In its place, the owners of Fujimar and Barcode will open a small plates Italian bistro with an enclosed herb garden called Greenhouse Bistro. In the meantime, Hudson is hosting a “Last Call Party” from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. tonight, with some menu favorites, cocktails, and entertainment by Adrian Loving and friends. Hudson Restaurant & Lounge, 2030 M St. NW. (202) 872-8700. hudson-dc.com. (Jessica Sidman)


From tsunami-ravaged Japan, to North Carolina, to Philadelphia, to you. (With a stop at Walden Pond somewhere along the way.) That’s the circuitous journey that has brought Pig Iron Theatre Company to Georgetown University this weekend. The result of a collaboration with Japanese playright Toshiki Okada is Zero Cost House, a meditation on the places people call home, whether that be a cabin in the woods or a destroyed fishing village near Fukushima. Read more >>> (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

It’s no wonder Detroit brings out the voyeur in so many people. The city’s ramshackle, run-down blocks—strewn with obliterated factories, houses, and shopping centers—are not only bait for spooky and romantic photographs, they viscerally symbolize the decline of American power. But Andrew Moore’s “Detroit Disassembled” and Camilo José Vergara’s “Detroit is No Dry Bones,” which open at the Building Museum today, jump unapologetically into the ruin-porn game. Read more >>> (Alex Baca)

Dribs and drabs: Saturday, enjoy your arts outdoors at the Southwest Arts Festival, Figment D.C., Crystal City’s Diamond Derby, or Opera in the Outfield.

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