Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Priests! Free Admission at Corcoran! D.C. Reggae Splashdown!

What one music geek hears as a cathartic, passionate roar can be another’s off-key temper tantrum. Take local punk band Priests. The D.C. combo’s noisy sound is anchored by singer Katie Greer’s sociopolitical rants and sing-song wailing. Greer, also a member of Ian Svenonius’ Chain & the Gang, yells about consumerism in “Radiation” and Air Force One in “Personal Planes,” borrowing a page from punk rock’s well-worn book of cultural criticism through song. Read more >>> Priests performs with Give, Xanax, and Hand Grenade Job at 10 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com. (Steve Kiviat)

EAT THIS

Truckeroo is here again. Head to the Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today to try more than 20 food trucks in one place, including Curbside Cupcakes, Borinquen Lunch BoxRed Hook Lobster PoundTakoreanThe Big Cheese, and more. Live music too. Truckeroo, Half and M Streets SE. truckeroodc.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Tonight: In need of a laugh at the end of the week? Head to the Navy Memorial for D.C. Shorts Laughs, a series of humorous films selected from the festival. Comedians Tim Miller, Abe Barth, and Shahryar Rizvi also perform. 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Navy Memorial's Burke Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $15–$25.

Tonight: Photographer Lucian Perkins discusses his latest book, Hard Art, DC 1979, with two of its contributors, Alec Mackaye and Henry Rollins. Check out Mike Paarlberg's recent review of the book before heading to Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Tonight: Masked electro-punk act The Bloody Beetroots take the stage at 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25.

Saturday: Reggae festivals with legendary acts can offer some of the most joyful people watching. When the smooth and soulful Ken Boothe slides into his 1974 cover of Bread’s “Everything I Own,” the temperature at Saturday’s D.C. Reggae Splashdown will rise a few libidinous degrees. Read more >>> The D.C. Reggae Splashdown begins at noon at the Half Street Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. $35–$100. dcreggaesplashdown.eventbrite.com. (Christopher Porter)

Saturday: It's the perfect weekend for visiting the latest exhibits at the Corcoran because admission is now free every Saturday through Labor Day. 10 a.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free.

Saturday: When Darcy James Argue’s 18-piece big band Secret Society took the jazz world by storm in 2009, Argue presented a manifesto that slapped conventional wisdom in the face. Argue’s second project with Secret Society is ambitious: an hourlong suite called "Brooklyn Babylon." Read more >>> 8 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.  $15–$30. (Michael J. West)

Saturday: Meet local authors and pick up some new reading material at the Gaithersburg Book Festival. 10 a.m. at Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds, 31 South Summit Ave., Gaithersburg.

Saturday: To celebrate the release of its namesake beer, local metal band Borracho plays a free show at The Pinch.  9 p.m. at The Pinch, 3548 14th St. NW. Free.

Saturday: Is a neighborhood restaurant scene ever too small to justify its own restaurant festival? The residents of Bloomingdale think not. The nabe with only a handful of eateries puts on its very own Taste of Bloomingdale tomorrow, along with a yoga class and a big yard sale.

Sunday: It’s tough not to love the New Jersey punk quartet Titus Andronicus, who ignite their commentary with meaty bass riffs and volatile guitars. For its current jaunt, the band reunites with raucous DIY rockers So So Glos, with whom they toured in 2009; also joining in on the fun is longtime local pop-punk band The Max Levine Ensemble. Read more >>> Titus Andronicus performs with So So Glos and The Max Levine Ensemble at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Paula Mejia)

Sunday: Ambient rockers Drop Electric perform at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage as part of their "Listen Local First" series. 6 p.m. at the Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Sunday: Help raise money for D.C. Central Kitchen at the Soundbites Festival, featuring performances by Lee Fields and the Expressions, Deathfix, Kid Congo, and others. 1 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $40.

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