Arts Desk

Don’t Be Bored: Doomtree and Euro Cinema

The problem with collectives is there’s always a weak link. For every RZA and Ghostface Killah there’s a U-God and Masta Killa. But the hip-hop group Doomtree avoids this conundrum: While P.O.S. is the group’s star, nobody dives for the fast-forward when Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, or Mike Mictlan steps to the mic. Doomtree’s punk-infused hip-hop peaked on the first track of 2011’s No Kings LP, evoking last year’s Wugazi mash-ups by Otter and Swiss Andy. While the music is eclectic compared to mainstream hip-hop, that approach doesn’t reign: No Kings is actually full of in-the-pocket bangers, and the MCs showcase personal lyrics with an egalitarian sharing of the workload. It’s a true commitment to the collective ideal—which is probably much easier to achieve if you don’t have to cut U-God in on a verse. 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel with F. Stokes and Educated Consumers. $15. (Christopher Porter)

FILM

Europhiles are in luck: Tonight both the Goethe-Institut and Alliançe Francaise are hosting a couple promising film events. At Goethe, it's a showing of Black Box Germany, the 2001 documentary about the very different lives (and deaths) of a bank executive and a radical leftist during Germany's tumultuous 1970s and 1980s (6:30 p.m., $7). At Alliance Francaise, the short-film series Les Lutins du Court-Métrage kicks off with three shorts, including Olivier Babinet's C'est Plutot Genre Johny Walker (6:30 p.m., $8; call to make a reservation).

BOOKS

What do you know about the Farm Bill? Author Daniel Imhoff says it's one of the most critical pieces of legislation for our agricultural system—it sets budgets and procedures for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and directly impacts millions of U.S. citizens. The bill is passed every five years, and we're on the eve of a new one this year. Tonight, Imhoff discusses and signs his book Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill at Busboys & Poets on 14th Street NW at 6:30 p.m. Free.

Down the street, Blackbyrd will play host to a special after-party for Baratunde Thurston's How to Be Black book event at the National Press Club. (You can also attend the NPC event by RSVPing here.) 9 p.m.

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