Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Olivia Mancini! Pleasure Curses! Luray!

oliviaI’m not saying that it’s not an honor to open for Matthew Sweet. “Girlfriend,” the title track and breakout hit from his 1991 album, delighted a generation of pop fans with its singalong chorus and promise of accessibility—a chocolate-coating over the nougat of alternative rock. But when it’s Olivia Mancini opening for Sweet—and at the Birchmere, no less—it feels right, obvious, correct. Mancini is one of the District’s hardest-working musicians. She’s toured for more than a decade, mostly with her longtime band, Olivia & the Mates, and releases a new EP with the Mates at the show. Read more >>> Olivia & the Mates perform with Matthew Sweet at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50. (703) 549-7500. birchmere.com. (Kriston Capps)

EAT THIS

Want to learn more about home brewing? The DC Homebrewers hosts its second annual barbecue at Kastles Stadium this Sunday. From 2 to 6 p.m., watch demonstrations of different brewing methods and learn more about everything from hops to yeast to judging beer. A $15 ticket gets you a plate of barbecue (vegetarian options will also be available), two sides, a hand-crafted soda, a Sam Adams beer, and an additional beer ticket for one of several craft beers. Additional beer tickets are $5. Get tickets and more info here. All proceeds will benefit the Common Good City Farm, an urban farm and education center in LeDroit Park that works with low-income local residents. DC Hombrewers and Sam Adams BBQ, Kastles Stadium, 800 Water St. SW. dchbbbq2013-estw.eventbrite.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Tonight: The three-day, 24-hour-per-day Intervention (Internet + Convention) starts in Rockville today. The guests come from all corners of the Internet: Mark Frauenfelder, founder of Boing Boing and Maker magazine, speaks tonight; also on the weekend's schedule are Web cartoonists, Disney animators, GeekDad editor-in-chief Matt Blum, musicians, belly dancers, LARPers, filmmakers, board gamers, and video gamers. Several local cartoonists will also have tables. The event takes place at the Hilton Washington D.C./Rockville, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Noon Friday to 4 p.m. Sunday. $15-$45. (Mike Rhode)

Tonight: '90s hip-hop quartet Dru Hill returns from the dead to perform at the Howard Theatre. Cross your fingers for a rendition of "Thong Song." 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $36.50.

Tonight: Woolly Mammoth Theatre hosts a town hall to discuss the Trayvon Martin verdict and the state of race relations in America. A selection of pastors, peace activists, and community leaders facilitate the conversation. 7 p.m. at 641 D St. NW. Free.

Tonight and Saturday: Get your fill of local theater! LiveArtDC revives I <3 Hummels, its acclaimed production from the 2012 Fringe Festival, at Studio 1469 in Columbia Heights before taking the show to the Hummel convention in Las Vegas next month. 8 p.m. at 1469 Harvard St. NW. $10 suggested donation. Dane Edidi also presents a workshop of her epic slam poem Klytmnestra at Spooky Action Theater. Find more details on Facebook. 8 p.m. at 1810 16th St. NW. Free.

Saturday: Drum machines. Audiences should expect lots and lots of drum machines at Soft Metals and Pleasure Curses’ show at Comet Ping Pong. The two synth-pop duos rely heavily on their 808s, but they yield emotionally distant results. Before heading to the show, listen to a new track from Pleasure Curses in our "One Track Mind" column. Read more >>> Soft Metals performs with Pleasure Curses and Motion Lines at 10 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com. (Benjamin R. Freed)

Saturday: Following the anniversary of the March of Washington, the local dance community celebrates Martin Luther King's speech with a performance entitled "Dance the Dream." 4 p.m. in West Potomac Park, Ohio Drive and Independence Avenue SW. Free.

Saturday: Steel string guitarist Daniel Bachman performs at Adams Morgan's Red Onion Records with harp/synth duo Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler. 7 p.m. at 1901 18th St. NW. $5 suggested donation.

Saturday: Local folk band Luray (recently featured in "One Track Mind") launches its debut albumThe Wilder, at Sixth & I Synagogue. Dream-folk trio Kindlewood also performs. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $10–$12.

Sunday: Live versions of podcasts can be tricky but don't fret when the hosts of the popular comedy podcast Throwing Shade bring their show to the Black Cat because Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi know what they’re doing. The comics, who have worked with Upright Citizens Brigade and Funny or Die, don’t rely on gimmicks—they stick to discussions of all things pop culture, from the blowhard blatherings of Rush Limbaugh to the literary achievements of Spice Girls fan fiction. Read more >>> The show begins at 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490.blackcatdc.com. (Ally Mutnick)

Sunday: Local reggae group The Archives performs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of its Luce Unplugged series. 1:30 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.

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