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One of the most buzzed-about big bands in an era where “buzzed-about big bands” largely don’t exist, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society is remolding orchestral jazz for rock- and post-rock-trained ears. Argue’s recent concert-scale project, “Brooklyn Babylon,” is a multimedia smorgasbord—just right for the landmark of the new H Street NE. The show takes place tonight at 8 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. (202) 399-7993. $15-$25. (Michael J. West)
Local outfit The Beanstalk Library places classicist pop-rock—-your power-pop, your British Invasion—-in an indie-folk cast. They share a bill with The Color Bars and Archivists at 8 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960.
Local music blog All Things Go and New York label Neon Gold host their latest All Things Gold (get it?) showcase. This one stars Yuksek, the French electronic producer who sometimes blends shouty indie pop and Phoenix-style gloss. This might get precious. At 8 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $12-$15. (202) 588-1880.
William Pope.L, the American performance artist, recently appeared in the Corcoran’s 30 Americans; in his video work, he crawled from the Statue of Liberty to the Bronx wearing a Superman costume. He speaks at 6 p.m. tonight at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. $10 if you’re not a member; RSVP here. (202) 387-2151.
So maybe you want to hold off on the sushi today. How ’bout a pizza instead? Choose from six kinds of homemade pies, priced at $10 each, as part of the Italian happy hour specials at Bibiana. Chef Nick Stefanelli‘s specialties include the “Salsiccia” with fennel sausage, tomato and pecorino; “Romana” with red onions, anchovies, capers and tomatoes; “Parma” with prosciutto and arugula; and “Provola” with smoked mozzarella, escarole, anchovies and black olives. Italian wines and cocktails are also on special for $5 a pop. The pizza deal is good from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays in the lounge and bar areas only.Bibiana, 1100 New York Ave. NW. (202) 216-9550. (Chris Shott)
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