ToDo ToDay: James Murphy, Columbia Heights Day, and (e)merge Art Fair
No, no, James Murphy won’t perform with his old LCD Soundsystem bandmates at 9:30 Club tonight. When he DJs for the late-night crowd on V Street NW, Murphy’s selections will likely reflect his music-geek tendencies: He’ll probably serve up ample joyous electro and old-school disco, but who the hell knows. Read more >>> James Murphy DJs with Will Eastman at 11 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $40. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Food trucks are suffering in light of the government shutdown, so support them today by heading to the last Truckeroo of the season. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Half Street Fairgrounds, check out more than 20 food trucks, live music, and games. Food trucks will also be raising funds for the victims' families and those injured in last month's Navy Yard shooting. Truckeroo, Half and M streets SE. truckeroodc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
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All weekend: The annual (e)merge Art Fair formally began last night. Were you there? No? Remedy that! Check out Arts Desk's list of artists to see at the fair, and peruse the rest of the slate on (e)merge's website. The fair runs today from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday noon to 7 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW. $10-$15.
Tonight: Head to Merriweather Post Pavilion to see The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala perform with The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. Before the show, check out Reese Higgins' interview with Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. 5:30 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $17.50–$45.
Tonight: Dance music producers Wolf + Lamb play a late show at U Street Music Hall with local DJ Solomon Sanchez. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $10.
Tonight: Film Neu, the Goethe-Institut-sponsored film festival featuring flicks from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, begins tonight at E Street Cinema with Jan Ole Gerster's comedy Oh Boy. 7:30 p.m. at 555 11th St. NW. $8.50–$11.50.
Saturday: Congress may not be able to get its shit together, but D.C. residents don’t have to play dead until it does. Let the fall festivals continue! At this year’s Columbia Heights Day, begin the morning with a free yoga class from Kali Yoga, then stick around for musical performances, a D.C.-centric trivia contest with the Quizmaster of Georgia Avenue, and a petting zoo featuring animals that are much better behaved than the beasts on Capitol Hill. Read more >>> Columbia Heights Day runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 11th and Kenyon streets NW. Free. columbiaheightsday.org. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: Wander around Adams Morgan and listen to local music enthusiasts rock out at Adams Morgan PorchFest. See the map of participating porches online. 2 p.m. at locations around Adams Morgan. Free.
Saturday: At Hemphill, former Washington Post art critic Paul Richard discusses his career and his thoughts about the future of art. 10 a.m. at 1515 14th St. NW. Free.
Saturday: R&B performer The Weeknd plays Constitution Hall with Anna Lunoe and Banks. 8 p.m. at 1776 D St. NW. $53.
Sunday: London Grammar’s Hannah Reid possesses a voice as thick and dark as her eyebrows. Her haunting vocals float over the music created by Dan Rothman and Dot Major, and she somehow recalls the singing style of both Nico and Adele. London Grammar’s debut album, If You Wait, recalls the minimalist trip-tronica of The xx and, more specifically, the early ’90s group One Dove, which also had a great female singer fronting smartly produced chill-out tracks created by two dudes. Read more >>> London Grammar performs at 6 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1880. ustreetmusichall.com.
Sunday: The D.C. Jewish Community Center's Jewish Literary Festival kicks off with a lecture by E.L. Doctorow. 7 p.m. at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $15–$100.
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