ToDo ToDay: Four Tet’s Dance-Floor Evolution
Called “folktronica” for his collagist, mixed-genre approach in the mid-2000s, Four Tet’s Keiran Hebden has quietly grown into a legitimate dance-floor threat. Through collaborations with dubstep pioneer Burial, an entry in the “DJ-Kicks” series, and a residency at London’s famed Plastic People nightclub, his left-of-center music has found real groove and buoyancy. Hebden’s stage show, previously a choppy, kaleidoscopic affair, has also become more focused and propulsive. Tonight, in celebration of U Street Music Hall’s second anniversary, he takes over the club’s walloping sound system for a live (not DJ) set, building tunes on the fly via an array of laptops, mixers, and samplers. Opener FaltyDL (Drew Lustman), from New York, should provide a nice complement: Known for a slew of remixes for dance-pop heavyweights including The xx and Holy Ghost!, Lustman shares Hedben’s genre-agnostic approach, mixing hip-hop, deep house, and U.K. garage into his solo material. Expect heavy beats with a dreamy, psychedelic twist—capable of moving both mind and body. Four Tet and FaltyDL perform at 9 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20. (202) 588-1880. (Joe Colly)
New York University prof Eric Klinenberg discusses the whys and whats of solo living in The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone. He reads, solo, at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919.
Cynthia Levinson reads from We've Got a Job, her telling of a 1963 action in which 4,000 elementary, middle, and high school students who voluntarily went to jail in 1963 in an effort to desegregate Birmingham, Ala. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. (202) 387-7638.
Spamalot opens at the Warner Theatre. So you know.
Looking for a more affordable dinner option than tonight's fancy $175-per-person wine dinner at Central Michel Richard? Here's one: Taco Tuesday at The Argonaut. Each week, the early H Street pioneer runs a special on its signature fish tacos—just $3, usually $13. Lightly breaded in cornmeal and flour, the flaky mahi-mahi comes served on warm flour tortillas, drizzled with creamy remoulade and topped with cheddar, diced tomatoes, and a crunchy cilantro-laced slaw of cabbage, red onion, and carrot. Arguably the tastiest fish tacos in town. The Argonaut, 1433 H St. NE, (202) 250-3660 (Chris Shott)