Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Nick Cave! Pizza and Beer!

Embodying elements of performance art, sculpture, and fashion, the work of artist Nick Cave is hard to fit into one box.  Cave put this aesthetic diversity to use last January, when he traveled to Dakar, Senegal, through the State Department’s Art in Embassies program. The work he created following his trip, a large tondo made from items collected during his stay, now hangs in the American embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but he’s bringing the message of the program to Washington tonight. As part of Art in Embassies’ 50th birthday celebration, Cave is collaborating with resident programs at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus for a day of activities. He might be the only person in attendance who’s created a suit that resembles a rooster-clown hybrid, but he’ll be far from the only innovator.  The open house begins at 5:30 p.m. at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Free. (202) 889-5901. thearcdc.org. Read more>>> (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

Radius Pizza reopened last month under the new ownership of Matt and Lenka Culbertson. Now they bring word that they finally have their liquor license. Radius is currently offering beer and wine and will begin serving liquor and cocktails this weekend. Happy hour is also underway ever day between 5 and 7 p.m. with $5 small bites (meatballs, pickle plate, fried calamari, etc.), $4 Bells Two-Hearted Pale Ale and Mama's Little Yella Pils, and $3 PBR. Look out for daily specials like half-priced bottles of wine on Thursdays and half-price pastas on Tuesdays. The famous $5 pint and slice deal is also back on Mondays—but now for $7. Radius Pizza, 3155 Mount Pleasant St. NW; (202) 234-0202; radiuspizza.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

They are Marsalis and they are legion. The New Orleans family collectively won an NEA Jazz Masters Award in 2011, which included, along with patriarch Ellis and iconic sons Wynton and Branford, the 46-year-old trombonist Delfeayo. The younger Marsalis is better known as a producer—he played a big part in the revival of acoustic recording techniques in the ‘80s—but he’s also a hard-swinging, skillful player and a shrewd composer and arranger. (His latest recording, Sweet Thunder, rearranges Duke Ellington’s 1958 Shakespeare tribute with a rich, unique voice.) The trombonist burns up the stage with every bit the energy and passion as his dad and siblings, even if he tends to get lost in the shuffle of his famous family. Delfeayo Marsalis performs at 7:30 p.m. at The Hamilton, 14th and F Streets NW. $17-$30.50. (Michael J. West)

The International Quarterly and Pink Line Project offer up a screening of Press Pause Play, the acclaimed documentary about art in the digital age. More details available on Facebook. 7 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. Free.

Fight the power! Public Enemy headlines the Hip Hop Gods tour at the 9:30 Club tonight. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35.

 

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