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At their worst, baseball games are like overpriced picnics. At their best, they’re sublime. The pricey concessions are mitigated by cheap seats, and relaxing in the stands with a cup of beer is the best way to enjoy sports. Last year, the Washington Nationals had their second-best season since returning to D.C. in 2005. Now, the team is pinning its fortunes on pitcher Gio Gonzalez and a deeper bench. But while the Nats don’t have the totally lousy reputation of the erstwhile Senators, they’re still not pulling in local fans to their games. Only 15 percent of attendees at games are District residents. For shame! The only fans showing up, it seems, are Phillies fans—and they’ve become such a problem that the Nats have tried to restrict ticket sales from folks living outside of the region. But it would be better if D.C. residents just did their part. At today’s home opener, the Reds are the guys to beat. Tickets are slim, but don’t forget there’s still a whole season to support. The Washington Nationals play the Cincinnati Reds at 1:05 p.m. at Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. (Shani Hilton)


Holy-rolling Ian Svenonius outfit Chain & the Gang headlines Black Cat tonight with Spiv’s former Make-Up/Weird War bandmate, Alex Minoff, opening. At 8 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. (202) 667-7960. $10.

Worth the drive: Wu-Tang spitter Raekwon performs at 8 p.m. at State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. (703) 237-0300. $20-$24.

Vieux Farka Toure—-with whom we attempted to speak earlier this week about the situation in his native Mali—-performs with Israeli folk-pop hero Idan Raichel at 7:30 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. (202) 787-1000. $28-$43.


Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe‘s rose-tinted rock-journalism remembrance, screens at 7:30 p.m. at Artisphere—-and immediately after, a panel of local music journalists will (presumably) discuss everything the movie ought to answer for. Lineup includes the Washington Post‘s Chris Richards, DCist’s Valerie Paschall, Washington Post/Pitchfork writer Aaron Leitko, and WaPo contributor/my WCP predecessor Sarah Godfrey. Film shows at 7:30 p.m. at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd. (703) 875-1100. $8.


The “Countdown to Yuri’s Night” party should fulfill all of your art-party cosmonautological needs. At 8 p.m. at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd. (703) 875-1100. $30.