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ToDo ToDay: Listening Lounge

D.C. Listening Lounge’s informal monthly meetings invite sound lovers and the sound-curious to discover new ways of listening. Attendees bring bird calls, their families’ recorded oral history, found recordings, their own music, and whatever else, encouraging discussion of the sounds’ effect on the listener. Jocelyn Frank, one of the group’s managing facilitators, says there are no credentials for attendance—just bring food, drinks, audio, or a friend. “It isn’t just a professional’s audio gathering. You don’t have to do anything but have an open mind, really,” she says. The lounge was started in 2004 with a mission to re-examine the act of listening. “The point of the group is to celebrate a sense that’s often overlooked, and that’s your hearing,” Frank says. She makes it clear these intimate living room meet-ups aren’t parties—and they’re definitely not meant to facilitate hook-ups. Attendees, she hopes, “come away with a greater appreciation for how sound exists all around us.” The lounge typically meets in small-capacity venues, but for the masses, the group also puts on a bigger event called Sound Scene. If you can’t get into tonight’s lounge, stop by Sound Scene June 2 at the Goethe-Institut. To learn more about tonight’s D.C. Listening Lounge at 7:30 p.m., email sound@dclisteninglounge.com. (Reese Higgins)

MUSIC

Always recommendable instrumental noise outfit The Plums continue their residency at Dynasty. With Harness Flux, which is a project by John Masters of Metropolitan and The Cheniers. At 9 p.m. at Dynasty, 2210 14th St. NW.

FILM

Dirt! The Movie concerns, well, dirt. Filmmakers Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow explore humans' relationship with the earth's soil. Based on William Bryant Logan’s book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth. At 6:30 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. (703) 536-0844. Free.

The young, well-regarded German filmmaker Robert Thalheim discusses his film And Along Come Tourists, about a man who works at the preserved Auschwitz concentration camp, now home to millions of visitors each year. At 6:30 p.m. at Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. $4-$7.

The original version of this post said Quinton and Miss Pussycat perform at Red Palace on Tuesday night. The show is on Thursday.

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