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James Boice grew up in Centreville, Va., and fled as soon as possible. But the New York City resident is still obsessed with Northern Virginia: His second novel is titled NoVA, and his new book, The Good and the Ghastly, is set there—albeit in the 34th century. It depicts a postapocalyptic society in which Northern Virginia is its own state, deer are pets, and Visa is the corporate overlord of everything. (Read more)


Tonight is the final edition of Procedure, the long-running night of more or less countercultural music at Café Saint-Ex. On Facebook, DJ Mark Williams says, “This night first started some 10 yrs ago when Richard Chartier ran with an anti-concept—-a DJ night that gave you none of what a normal club audience wants. It was called Filler, then it was called Mies, and finally Procedure. There were venue changes galore, but with a fairly consistent high quality of DJ line-ups, and all done with an artful gaze right over DC’s head. Well… that’ll be enough for now.” Williams will co-DJ alongside various folks who have spun at Procedure over the years. 10 p.m. at Café Saint-Ex. Free.

Americana group Yarn returns to Hill Country Barbecue tonight. 8:30 p.m. $5. And B.B. King and Buddy Guy are at DAR Constitution Hall. 7:30 p.m. $77–$107 plus fees.

As always, you can see our complete music calendar in the music section.


BloomBars hosts a showing of Blue Gold: World Water Wars, a 2008 documentary about the implications of worldwide water scarcity. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation.