Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Face to Face, SuperNOVA, Capital Pride, and Russian Pop

I first heard a Face to Face song on a Vagrant Records compilation. It was the early 2000s, and the band—surprisingly noisy for Vagrant, better known as home to weepy emo bands Dashboard Confessional and The Get Up Kids—had already been kicking it for a decade. The band cooled off for a few years in the mid-2000s but managed to stick around to drop its eighth studio album this year: Three Chords and a Half Truth. The tracks are grittier than pop-punk, glossier than punk rock, and rife with sing-along choruses. Face to Face performs with Teenage Bottlerocket, Blacklist Royals, and Joshua Black Wilkins at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20. (202) 667-4490. Read more >>> (Alex Baca)


Ham and sherry bar Mockingbird Hill officially opens today. The Shaw spot is the latest from The Passenger and Columbia Room's Derek Brown and Angie Salame. Brown's wife, Chantal Tseng (previously at Tabard Inn) is head bartender. Sample 54 varieties of sherry or one of four sherry cocktails. (There's also Green Hat gin and tonic on tap.) Each sherry will be accompanied by a little snack—olives, walnuts, lupini beans—to complement and bring out the flavors. Another main attraction is the local and Spanish ham, along with a limited menu of Spanish-influenced small plates. Read more about the new spot on Young & Hungry. Mockingbird Hill, 1843 7th St. NW. (202) 316-9396. (Jessica Sidman)


Tonight: D.C. indie-rock ensemble Paperhaus is back from tour with a new EP, Lo Hi Lo. Hear it IRL tonight at the Rock & Roll Hotel, when the band plays with fellow locals Shark Week and Young Rapids. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $10.

Tonight: D.C. electronic music label Future Times hosts another dance party at U Street's Tropicalia, this time with South African/Australian house music producer Julien Love. 11 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $5.

Tonight: The fourth edition of Comedy on the Table presents a bunch of local up-and-coming women D.C. comics. 7 p.m. at The Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. Free.

All weekend: Don't forget that Capital Pride is in full effect this weekend, with the Pride Parade scheduled to kick off in Dupont Circle Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Check out a solid list of Pride events in our listings section.

All weekend: The region's first major performance art festival, SuperNOVA, officially starts today with an insane street-crawling performance by artist (and City Paper contributor) Jeffry Cudlin, as well as numerous other performances scattered all over Rosslyn. (Here's a list of what artists to pay attention to.) Yes, we know, it's the 'burbs, but SuperNOVA presents a prime opportunity to check out several of D.C.'s most promising performance artist in one big crazy place—oh, and there's a dance party tomorrow night. For some insights into the scene, read this week's story about the (short) history of performance art in the District. Be sure to check SuperNOVA's Facebook page about rain-related schedule changes.

All weekend: Too many blues festivals are really blues-rock events, dominated by electric guitarists cranking out bar-band, Blues Hammeresque solos. But the Tinner Hill Blues Festival in Falls Church, named after the location of the first rural branch of the NAACP, is largely the real thing. June 7 to June 9 at various venues in Falls Church. Ticket prices vary. Read more >>> (Steve Kiviat)

Saturday and Sunday: “It’s not a sports opera!” librettist Davis Miller says about Approaching Ali, his autobiographical operatic account of meeting Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Ky., in 1988, though it sure sounds like one. Maybe that’s because—let’s perpetuate a stereotype here—the audiences for boxing and opera don’t really overlap. So Miller sells it as a coming-of-age tale that just happens to revolve around the legendary heavyweight. June 8 to June 9 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. Read more >>> (Mike Paarlberg)

Saturday: New Jersey's Screaming Females return to D.C., and this time they're playing with a killer local lineup that includes Cane & the Sticks, Priests, and Pygmy Lush. 8 p.m. at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. $8.

Saturday: Moscow pop group Pompeya plays Tropicalia Saturday night. Listen to the group's singalong-worthy single "YAHTBMF" and just try to dislodge it from your brain. You will not succeed. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $7.

Saturday: D.C. novelist Elliott Holt, recently profiled in Washington City Paper, reads from her debut novel You Are One of Them at Politics & Prose. 6 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Sunday: The third iteration of the Ballet Across America festival closes Sunday with a performance featuring Dance Theatre of Harlem, the storied black dance company that disbanded in 2004. Now D.C. native Virginia Johnson is attempting to revive the troupe, with a roster that includes three local dancers. At the Kennedy Center, the company will perform Robert Garland’s “Return,” accompanied by the recorded voices of Aretha Franklin and James Brown. The program begins at 1:30 p.m at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $20–$49. Read more >>> (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

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