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Talk About Bikes With A Humanitini: In this city of wonks, many of which champion proper urban development, it’s no surprise that barstool chatter often slips into detailed debate over transportation issues: bike lane placement, driving versus taking the Metro, the need to develop walkable communities, and so on. What isn’t so usual is when the company involved includes some of the most knowledgeable folks on the subject. Tonight’s “Humanitini”—which I can assure you is a weekly “think-and-drink” gathering hosted by the Humanities Council of Washington, and not a vampiric cocktail celebration—brings together a panel of experts including representatives from government (the District Department of Transportation), advocacy groups (the Washington Area Bicyclist Association), blogs (Streetsblog, Greater Greater Washington), and even a traffic reporter to chat about the nitty-gritty of getting around. While there’s likely to be a progressive bent to the proceedings (read: Let’s get excited about bike racks and streetcars!), the panel’s diverse collection of minds means that the car-bound need not worry about being stuck in conversational gridlock. “Humanitini: The Coexistence of Trains, Cars, Bikes, and Humans.” 6 p.m. Tap and Parlour, 2001 11th St. NW. Free. (Aaron Morrissey)
Street food and fine wines might seem an unusual coupling. But think of it as a sign of just how far D.C.’s food truck scene has come. Tonight, six of city’s roving grub vendors will have their pedestrian eats paired with select wines at the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant. Participating food trucks include The Big Cheese, Go Fish!, Lemongrass Vietnamese Cuisine, DC Empanadas, BBQ Bus, and Curbside Cupcakes. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here. Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, (202) 662-7638
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OTHER A&E HIGHLIGHTS
Super-solid goth-poppers Lenorable celebrate the release of their new EP The Prince, alongside reliable localsDangerosa and Last Tide. 8 p.m. Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $8.
And noise rockers The Plums continue their monthly residency along with openers Talk It, which is the newest band of former Eggs frontman/former City Paper Managing Editor/new Romenesko Andrew Beaujon. 8 p.m. Dynasty, 2210 14th St. NW. $5.
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