Tonight, the Alfred Hitchcock retrospective continues at AFI with Johan Grimonprez’s surreal, experimental film Double Take. Matt Siblo says, “even when Double Take loses the plot—if it ever had one—it creates an atmosphere with the palpable tension and droll gallows humor that have kept Hitchcock embedded in our cinematic consciousness.” The film shows tonight at 5 p.m. with more showings this week.
The Plums and Dark Sea Dream gig at Bella Cafe on Florida Avenue NW as part of the Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Fourth Tuesday residency series. 8 p.m.
Mark Williams’ post-punk and generally obscuro DJ night, Procedure, returns to Cafè Saint-Ex—-this time with the “Doug & Doug Variety Show” (guest DJs Doug Stailey and Douglas Wolf). Got requests? “We’ll obviously take all requests,” says the Facebook event page. “And likely file them.” 10 p.m., free.
LESS WEIRD MUSIC
Elijah Jamal Balbed, whom the City Paper named Best New Jazz Musician last year, plays sax at Bohemian Caverns. It’s the young player’s third and final week as the club’s artist in residence. 8 p.m., $10 at the door.
At the Birchmere: rock icon, record producer, and designer of a very strange website Todd Rundgren. Expect to hear Robert Johnson covers. 7:30 p.m., $39.50.
Nu-reggae artist Richie Spice (“Youth Dem Cold“) performs at State Theatre, promoting his latest album Book of Job. 8 p.m.; $25 at the door.
Tonight’s Matt & Kim show with The Thermals and Autobot at the 9:30 club is sold out. Didn’t buy tickets? It’s OK! I can tell you what’s gonna happen: Matt and Kim are going to run around the stage, stand on their drum kit, smile a lot, crowd surf (if the club lets them), use the word “awesome” no fewer than 12 times, and maybe rip off some clothes. Though mobs of post-emo straight-edge teenagers will be there, it will not be like a Fugazi show.
Author Joseph Finder moved a lot of copies of Vanished, his thriller about a spy named Nick Heller. In his followup book Buried Secrets, Heller returns to rescue a teenage girl who’s been buried alive. Whoever has done this to her may be really pissed at her Ponzi-scheming dad. Finder will be at Barnes & Noble in Tysons Corner at 7 p.m. Free.
HORS D’OEUVRES WHERE THERE SHOULD NOT BE HORS D’OEUVRES
OK, I’m not sure they’re serious, but the DJs of Lost & Sound say they will serve hors d’oeuvres at the Velvet Lounge tonight. Images of deviled eggs scraped off the crusty staircase come to mind. Small bites might fly at sister bar Dodge City, but not at Velvet. G-R-O-S-S. The DJ night begins downstairs at 9:30 p.m.; free.