Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: White-Guy Rap, D.C.’s Race Riot of 1835, and Kosher Beef

It takes some audacity to name your rap group La Coka Nostra, particularly if the members are aging white guys with established public personas. And it takes discipline to extend the coke-dealer metaphor in a way that isn’t cartoony or totally ho-hum. LCN’s members—Danny Boy and DJ Lethal of House of Pain, their Boston buddy Slaine, and Ill Bill of Non Phixion—do it with an orator/outlaw stance, pushing tough-guy tales and streetwise rants instead of narco-fantasy. Read more >>> La Coka Nostra and Jedi Mind Tricks perform at 10 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 930.com. (202) 265-0930. (Joe Warminsky)

VeraCruz Gallery hosts a grand opening party this evening for its first show, a "vintage-fringe" exhibit called "Tough Guys and Dames." Mexican beer and tequila, tunes from DJ Jay Simon, visual arts, and tacos—what else do you need to hear?! Check out the Facebook invitation. 5 p.m. at 2108 Vermont Ave. NW. Free.

SATURDAY

Any lamentation of sweeping demographic changes in D.C. will almost certainly make reference to the 1968 riots following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Those five days, during which U Street NW and H Street NE were reduced to rubble, are the locus of many a modern Washingtonian’s sense of their city’s history. They also completely overshadow another critical race riot in D.C.’s past. Salon Washington editor Jefferson Morley’s Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835 unravels the aftermath of one night in August of that year when an 18-year-old slave, holding an ax, walked into the bedroom of his owner. Read more >>> Morley discusses his book at 6 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. politics-prose.com. (202) 364-1919. (Alex Baca)

SUNDAY

This one will be a sausage fest—literally. No ladies are allowed at “Man Meats Grill,” an interactive grilling seminar that’s part of Sixth & I’s “Men’s Room” programming for dudes in their 20s and 30s. With the exception of District butcher Pam Ginsberg, testosterone will take over the parking lot across the street from the synagogue this evening. Read more >>> “Man Meats Grill” begins at 5 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $18 in advance, $20 at door. sixthandi.org. (202) 408-3100. (Stephanie Haven)

Hamburger photo by Flickr user Steven Depolo used under a Creative Commons license.

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