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ToDo ToDay: CocoRosie, Alexandria Film Festival, and Bondage

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Several years ago CocoRosie was called “freak folk,” lumped in with the likes of Animal Collective, Devendra Banhart, and Joanna Newsom. But Sierra and Bianca Casady’s oddness transcends invented music trends. Known for its eclectic appropriation of styles and cultures, CocoRosie has long been the subject of debates about artistic creativity and mixing cuteness with revulsion. On its fifth album,Tales of a GrassWidow, CocoRosie tones down much of its past weirdness, creating both a more coherent album and a less cringe-inducing listening experience. Read more >>> CocoRosie performs at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $25. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org(Jordan Larson)

EAT THIS

Here's one more place to $1 happy hour oystersZentan. Beginning today, the Japanese restaurant will offer $1 War Shore and Battle Creek oysters every Thursday during happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. All the shells are recycled to help in Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. Zentan, 1155 14th St. NW; (202) 379-4366zentanrestaurant.com(Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

The Alexandria Film Festival opens today with screenings of five short films focused around the themes of food and sustainability. The festival continues at theaters throughout Alexandria through Sunday. 7 p.m. at Old Town Theater, 815 King St., Alexandria. $12.

Pinky Swear Productions begins performances of David Henry Hwang's Bondage, a dark play set in the depths of an S&M parlor, at the Anacostia Playhouse. 8 p.m. at 2020 Shannon Place SE. $20.

Montreal trio Young Galaxy performs at the Black Cat Backstage with mysterious pop artist Mister Lies. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, the Kennedy Center's resident dance company, honors the 30th anniversary of the death of George Balanchine with a program highlighting the choreographer's lesser-known work. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $29–$84.

 

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