Don’t Be Bored: Peter Hook and The Light
Where my geeks at: Tonight, Joy Division co-founder Peter Hook and his band The Light returns to the 9:30 Club to perform the iconic post-punk band's second album, Closer. (He played Unknown Pleasures at the club last winter.) 6 p.m. $25.
AM & Shawn Lee, a collabo between, erm, AM and Shawn Lee, bring their somewhat thin but pleasing brand of comfy-pop to Black Cat tonight. Fool's Gold and Static of the Gods open. 8 p.m. on the backstage. $10.
U Street Music Hall is hosting a multifaceted hip-hop showcase tonight (sponsored by Fuze Beverage): It's part Tabi Bonney performance, part beat battle judged by Florida production team J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League; and part panel discussion with a bunch of music journalists. 7 p.m. $15 in advance.
Senegalese star Youssou N'Dour—a City Paper critic's pick this summer—plays a free show at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall tonight. To get tickets, line up starting at 4 p.m. in the Hall of Nations. Show starts at 6 p.m.
Tonight's talk at the S. Dillon Ripley Center sounds juicy: "Fakes, Forgeries and the Art of Deception" focuses on the history of forgeries in major art institutions. Curator and researcher Colette Loll Marvin will dish on how forgers pull off this kind of thing, and what technologies are being developed to crack down on phony masterpieces. 6:45 p.m. $40.
Love him or loathe him, celebrity chef Bobby Flay is at Sixth & I tonight hawking his latest book, Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook. $40 admission includes a copy of the book.
On the low-key side: Ian Svenonius is spinning 45s at Café Saint-Ex tonight at 10 p.m. Admission free.