Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Happy Birthday, Maracuyeah D.C.!

It feels like DJ collective Maracuyeah D.C. has been around a lot longer for a year. But maybe it's just that DJs rAt, Bent, and Mafe know how to throw a memorable party. After roughly 365 days of bumping all hybrids of tropical bass in small rooms 'round town, Maracuyeah is celebrating its first anniversary at 14th Street's most unassuming dance venue, Restaurant Judy. (Mmmmm, pupusas.) Tonight's special guests include DJ Chief Boima (whom you may have heard via DJ Rupture's Dutty Artz label) and Los Tribaldis, whom Maracuyeah calls "D.C.'s livest young cumbia merengue surprise band." 10 p.m. at 2212 14th St. NW. $10. $5 tropical drink specials all night. Bam. More information on Facebook.

The music Endangered Blood plays is melodic and exclusively—almost emphatically—acoustic. But that’s easy to forget when the avant-garde ensemble knocks you out of your chair with the force of raw, over-amped rock ‘n’ roll. Not everything it plays is so molar-rattling, of course; the quartet led by tenor saxophonist Chris Speed and drummer Jim Black (which also features bassist Trevor Dunn and alto saxophonist/bass clarinetist Oscar Noriega) can do meditative, too, even if Black’s manic, freeform rhythms still ward off outright calm. Running through these contrasting moods, however, is the same pugilistic attitude that you find in punk: an unspoken but unmistakable resolve that just because this music is complex doesn’t mean it won’t smack you in the gut. Wear a chest protector. Endangered Blood performs with Noveller and the DC Improvisers Collective at 8 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $25. (202) 399-7993. (Michael J. West)

SATURDAY

ARCH Development is doing it real big. The local nonprofit is one of the partners behind LUMEN8Anacostia, the initiative that will open pop-ups and art shows in the neighborhood’s vacant storefronts. Tonight, ARCH kicks off the happenings with a grand festival, and while purveyor of manufactured cool The Pink Line Project is hosting a big launch party, this is ARCH’s celebration. It’s worked for more than 20 years to revitalize Anacostia’s commercial strip with a creative-economy bent (jump-starting, notably, Honfleur Gallery and Vivid Solutions Print Lab). The Pink Line-led soirée kicks off at noon at The Lightbox (the name organizers have given to an old police storage warehouse on Shannon Place SE), but festivities—including exhibits at Vivid Solutions, theater by the Serenity Players, live music, breakdancing, and slam poetry—will dot Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road all night. Silent films and light projects start at dusk. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is hosting a bike valet, and Busboys & Poets is catering. The menu includes vegan parfaits. The Lightbox party begins at noon at 2235 Shannon Place SE. lightboxdc.com. Many temporiums remain open through June. All events are free. lumen8anacostia.com. (Alex Baca)

Wud up, Baileys Crossroads? Saturday night at everyone's favorite punk church, St. Stephen, Virginia natives/beloved D.C. punk band Scream headlines a Positive Force benny for D.C. Jobs with Justice. Punks Beasts of No Nation, indie-rock locals Mobius Strip, and blistering hardcore band Outlook share the bill. 7 p.m. at 1525 Newton St. NW. $10.

That Eric Hilton is always up to something! As if opening multiple trendy restaurants is not enough to keep him busy, the Thievery Corporation founder is also launching ESLradiolive.com, his label's new online radio station. Saturday night, the restauranteur/producer celebrates its birth with a special DJ set at his own Eighteenth Street Lounge. Thomas Blondet joins him. Farid and Will Eastman DJ the Gold Room. 10 p.m. at 1212 18th St. NW. For info about other launch-weekend events, visit ESLradiolive.com.

SUNDAY

“Next,” an undergraduate exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, confirms a new Corcoran tradition by giving center stage to the institution’s College of Art + Design. For much of the last decade, student exhibition opportunities at the Corc were limited to spaces such as Gallery 31, a dedicated student space in the college, while the museum’s atrium, rotunda, bridge, and galleries were off limits. Last year, the Corcoran reversed course, inaugurating the “Next” program, in which members of the graduating class take over the museum. The school’s dynamic undergraduate design lab has gotten involved, too, establishing the look and feel of the exhibit—decisions that, at many museums, are normally assigned to curators, marketers, and consultants. For this year’s “Next,” the design lab has put together a neon-string installation to quite literally tie the space together. The students’ work, however, is the real draw. Don’t go in expecting consistent quality, but look forward to the full presentation of young artists’ ideas. “Next” might be the most pronounced sign of the Corcoran’s recent shift away from its fusty encyclopedic-museum ambition toward a more stylish, contemporary identity. The young artists on display here will be showing at tomorrow’s galleries. “NEXT at the Corcoran: Class of 2012” is on view 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through May 20. Free. (202) 639-1700. corcoran.org. (Kriston Capps)

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