Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Slumberland Showcase! Alex Bleeker! Rap Parables!

Twenty-four years after its founding in Silver Spring, Slumberland Records remains a caretaker of the past and future of noisy indie pop. But at tonight’s showcase at Comet Ping Pong, expect a telling reversal: It’ll be the veterans who look for jaunty new pathways, and the rookies who look back. On Enterprising Sidewalks, its first album in 18 years, Lorelei contorts new and unexpected tensions out of the shoegazey jangle pop its members have played in the District since the early 1990s. Glasgow’s Golden Grrrls and Oxnard, Calif., band Sea Lions (shown), meanwhile, show rewarding fealty to some old templates. With both bands, the tweaks to the genre are about refinement, not forward momentum. Read more >>> The Slumberland Records Showcase featuring Sea Lions, Golden Grrrls, and Lorelei takes place at 10 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com. (Jonathan L. Fischer)

EAT THIS

Dolci Gelati will open its first storefront in Takoma Park Saturday and will offer buy one, get one free gelato from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The gelato company was started six years ago by Gianluigi Dellaccio, a water polo player-turned pastry chef who previously worked for Roberto Donna's Galileo. His gelato is also available at restaurants, retailers like Whole Foods, and Nationals Stadium.  Dellaccio has more than 300 flavors in his arsenal, which will rotate in and out. Some of the staples include salted caramel, white chocolate raspberry, and bacio. The shop will also feature a "social good flavor" with profits going to causes like the United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life campaign to provide vaccines to kids around the world. There will also be other sweet treats for sale, including "cupcake cones," sundaes, pastries, and kettle corn. Dolci Gelati, 7000 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. dolcigelati.net. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Friday: Mustachioed indie-pop practitioner Darwin Deez takes over the Black Cat with Caged Animals and Me & This Army. 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15.

Friday: Taffety Punk Theatre Company revives last year's "rap parable" Oxygen, which features music by E.D. Sedgwick and The Caribbean, at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Check out City Paper's preview of the play's first iteration here. 8 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. $15.

Friday: Some of D.C.'s best house music practitioners come together for an all-star performance. Featured acts include Sam Burns, Dmitri Max, and Smudge. 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10.

Saturday: Most of the local acts playing tonight's Brightest Young Things-curated show at The Hamilton don’t have much in common, genre-wise. But a lot of them do share a skill for crafting radio-friendly jams. Take producer and MC Incwell, who's never made a secret of his ambition to appeal to mainstream tastes; listen to his 1980s-referencing Colinco Visions EP and his Auto-Tune-heavy RGIII tribute for proof. Then there's MoCo outfit The Static (formerly Hotspur), who, if you've been on the lookout for some Carly Rae Jepsen-level slicked-up dance rock, should be your favorite local band. Read more >>> The show begins at 8 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 14th St NW. $20 –$22. (202) 787-1000. dcsampler-bytprod.eventbrite.com. (Reese Higgins)

Saturday: New York-based choreographer and current It Dude Kyle Abraham got kudos all around for last year’s The Radio Show, which managed to successfully braid together several not-obviously-related topics, including music and Alzheimer’s disease. He’s at it again this year with Pavement, a piece that combines the ideas of W.E.B Du Bois with themes from the movie Boyz N the Hood, all set in a couple of neighborhoods in his native Pittsburgh. Read more >>> 8 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $8–$22. (Amanda Abrams)

Saturday: Folk-tinged rockers Alex Bleeker and the Freaks play a free in-store performance at Red Onion Records. More details are available on Facebook. 5 p.m. at Red Onion Records, 1901 18th St. NW. Free.

Sunday: Asking artists to paint the work of Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges and his problems, his graduate-worthy abstractions and piercing textual puzzles, is to ask them to describe the trunk, not the elephant; it’s a narrow project. Nevertheless, exhibit curator Jorge J. E. Gracia has enlisted such artists as abstract cartographer Estela Pereda and surrealist painter Nicolás Menza to give it a go. The resulting show (and book, and traveling showcase) may not divine any special truth about visual art that isn’t anyway available, but it does serve as a passable survey of contemporary Argentine and Cuban art. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Tuesdays to Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to May 26 at American University’s Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 885-3656. american.edu/cas/museum. (Kriston Capps)

Sunday: New Edition is long gone and Bobby Brown jumped off the deep end decades ago, but Bell Biv Devoe remains. The R&B group continues to tour and stops by the Howard Theatre tonight. 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $37.50.

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