Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Super Art Fight! Hem! Craigslist Theater!

Drawing all over your middle school notebooks was one way to look productive while avoiding learning the quadratic formula. Super Art Fight, pegged as “the greatest live art competition in the known universe,” continues that proud tradition. With only a few pens at their disposal, two artists stand before a blank canvas and draw whatever random topic the Wheel of Death happens to choose. Their creations are at war with each other, and only the audience can decide the victor. Read more >>> The competition begins at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. (Alan Zilberman)


Del Ray's Evening Star Café is hosting a lively crawfish boil tomorrow. In the spirit of the South, Executive Chef Jim Jeffords will be serving fresh crawfish, corn, potatoes, and homemade sausage all cooked together for $14 a serving. Side dishes include mac and cheese, spicy jambalaya, Voodoo Chips, and pastry chef Tiffany Maclsaac's summer cobbler. Mini hot dogs will be available for the kids. Terrapin Brewing Company will provide the beer, and wine will also be offered. The outdoor block party, located in the restaurant's back parking lot, begins at 1 p.m. Enter on Mount Vernon Avenue. Evening Star Cafe, 2000 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. (703) 549-5051. (Cara Newlon)


Tonight: At $35 a pop, tickets to the Kreeger Museum’s annual June Chamber Festival may be on the high end for some young arts aficionados. But here’s the thing: For that price, you also get art and architecture. This year, the American Chamber Players will perform music spanning four centuries. While listening, you can admire the 10 Picassos hanging in the hall. 6:30 p.m. at the Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. $30–$90. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

Tonight: Chamber-folk ensemble Hem plays at the Birchmere with Liz Longley and Little Silver. Read more about the show in our Summer Entertainment Guide7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25.

Tonight: Comedy talk show You, Me, Them, Everybody Live returns with special guest E.D. Sedgwick (aka Washington City Paper contributor Justin Moyer) and several other magical individuals. 7:15 p.m. at Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW. 21-plus. $5 donation.

Tonight: Craigslist can be a scary but highly entertaining place. Get ready to laugh when Flying V Theatre debuts its show, The Best of Craigslist. 8 p.m. at The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $10.

Saturday: Swedish dream-pop trio Junip comes stateside to perform at 9:30 Club with Barbarossa and City Paper faves GEMS. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.

Saturday: Spend the day at Politics & Prose: local writers who contributed to the bookstore's new journalDistrict Lines, will share their work beginning at 3:30 p.m., and Deadspin/Gawker contributor Drew Magary reads from his new parenting memoir, Someone Could Get Hurt, at 6 p.m. 3:30 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Sunday: Made a year after his uneven, rather disappointing genre exercise Boarding Gate, 2008’s Summer Hours marks a crucial return to form for director and screenwriter Olivier Assayas. When 75-year-old Hélène dies, her surviving children—Manhattanite Adrienne; Beijing resident Jérémie; and Frédéric, the only one still in France—are forced into quietly heated, dealmaking conversations, all of which reveal Assayas’ customary fascination with the meaning of art and the influence of memory on daily life. Read more >>> The film shows at 6 p.m. Saturday, 3:45 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. Tuesday at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9–$11.50. (301) 495-6700. (Danny King)

Sunday: Brooklyn sister act Prince Rama plays an intimate show at The Dunes tonight featuring a set from DJ Ian Svenonius. 6 p.m. at 1402 Meridian Place NW. $12.

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