Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Story League Goes Upstairs

D.C.’s steadily growing storytelling scene is moving upstairs. Story League, the twice-monthly tale-telling contest co-founded early in 2011, has booked the Black Cat mainstage tonight—the first locally produced storytelling show at the club, and the first to attempt to fill its upstairs space. Story League shows typically revolve around a loose theme, like “Revenge” or “Psychic Phenomena,” but co-founder Shrake says he’s trying something different this time: This show will operate according to a “buddy system” he’s devised, with storytellers paired on the basis of their interpersonal chemistry or on the substance of their tales. MORE >> (Chris Klimek)

“The Ultimate Story Showcase” begins at 9 p.m. tonight at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12.


3 Stars Brewing Company's tasting room is up and running. Stop by D.C.'s newest brewery Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. for tours of the Takoma facility, tastings, and growler fill-ups. Growlers are available for $5 and fill-ups are $15 or $20, depending on the beer. All three of 3 Stars' signature brews will be available:  a Belgian-style saison called Urban Farmhouse, an imperial brown ale with toasted pecans called the Southern Belle, and and American imperial porter called Pandemic Porter. If you're into home-brewing, 3 Stars has a shop for supplies too. 3 Stars Brewing Company, 6400 Chillum Pl. NW; (202) 670-0333; (Jessica Sidman)


One year after the 99 percent’s descent on New York’s Zuccotti Park, artists and curators across the country have begun a series of first attempts at placing the sprawling, unruly protest movement in history. In Washington, where we boasted not one but two competing Occupy factions, “Occupy This!” draws mainly from the nonprofit photography collective Facing Change: Documenting America, which chronicled the Occupy movement as it blanketed public parks from one end of the country to the other. MORE >> (Neda Semnani)

“Occupy This” is on view 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays–Fridays Sept. 1 to Oct. 21 at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 885-1000.

From Roy Clark to Ian MacKaye, the District has never had a shortage of well-known guitar players in its ranks. It has been rare, though, to find a D.C. guitarist with the rich originality of Anthony Pirog. Basing his playing on a pliant, crystalline tone that’s immediately recognizable as his own, Pirog molds and remolds that sound into any shape he needs in a given moment. MORE >> (Michael J. West)

The Anthony Pirog Trio performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday at Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $10. (202) 234-0072.

Bonus! See Pirog play Saturday as part of the experimental duo Janel and Anthony, along with a host of local indie-rock and hardcore acts curated by stalwart local label Cricket Cemetery.

The Cricket Cemetery Showcase takes place 9 p.m. Saturday at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

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