ToDo ToDay: Fanfare Ciocărlia, A New Wine Bar, and So Much Local Music
The village of Zece Prăjini, in northeastern Romania, sits between the middle of nowhere and the Moldovan border. Which makes it the perfect locale for the world music origin story of Fanfare Ciocărlia: Discovered by a traveling German sound engineer in 1996, the band would become one of the most commercially successful Romani brass ensembles ever over the next 17 years, covering Western tunes (like Duke Ellington’s "Caravan" and, for the Borat soundtrack, Steppenwolf’s "Born to be Wild") and also recording with other legends of Roma music from around southeastern Europe. Read more >>> Fanfare Ciocarlia performs with Orchester Praževica at 8 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $20. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org. (Mike Madden)
Flight Wine Bar opens tomorrow in Chinatown with dishes that bring together culinary influences from New England and the Mediterranean/northern Africa. Chef Bradley Curtis grew up in Maine and began his culinary career in a Moroccan restaurant before graduating on to places like Zaytinya, DGS Delicatessen, and Graffiato. His menu includes dishes like short ribs braised in popular Maine soda Moxie with north African spices, as well as dolmades stuffed with squash, rum raisins, and pumpkin seeds. One of the most unusual offerings is a tomato-soup cake which resembles a carrot cake with cream cheese and spices. The extensive wine list includes about 30 varieties by the glass plus mini pours. Beers, ciders, and other spirits are also available. Read more on Young & Hungry. Flight Wine Bar, 777 6th St. NW. flightdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Tonight: Join a host of local comics at the Velvet Lounge for the Comedy On the Table Winter Showcase. See Facebook for more details and a current list of performers. 7 p.m. at 915 U St. NW. $5.
Tonight: Bad Friends Records celebrates its second anniversary with performances by Tereu Tereu, Drunken Sufis, and Raw Feels at the Black Cat. 9 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Saturday: Constellation Theatre Company’s newest production may not have elephants or scantily clad trapeze artists, but it is a circus in its own right. Adapted by Tony winner and professional clown Bill Irwin from Molière’s Fourberies de Scapin (a must-see comedy if you lived in Paris in 1671), Scapin promises laughs without the smell of stale popcorn. Read more >>> The play runs Jan. 16 to Feb. 16 at Constellation Theatre Company at Source, 1835 14th St. NW. $15–$45. (202) 204-7741. constellationtheatre.org. (Sarah Kaplan)
Saturday: Hemphill Fine Arts opens two shows today: a collection of recent prints by Martin Puryear and experimental objects created by Marley Dawson. 6 p.m. at 1515 14th St. NW. Free.
Saturday: Sir Sly and Pleasure Curses play a free show at Rock & Roll Hotel sponsored by DC101. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. Free.
Saturday: Baltimore punk act Ravagers performs with The Creep Crusades, The Sniffs, and American Television at Clarendon's CD Cellar. 8 p.m. at 2607 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free.
Sunday: It is no wonder ambient artist Oneohtrix Point Never chose an image from Georges Schwizgebel’s 1982 animated short film The Rapture Of Frank N Steinfor the cover of his most recent LP, R Plus Seven. It’s a visual extension of the artist’s music: gorgeous, macabre, and something akin to sleepwalking through a labyrinth of dark rooms and repetitive corridors. Read more >>> Oneohtrix Point Never performs at 8 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $18. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org. (Dean Essner)
Sunday: Passing Phases, Trophy Wife, Big Mouth, and Sunwolf play a benefit performance for Positive Force at the Wilson Center. Find more details on Facebook. 6 p.m. at 3047 15th St. NW. $5–$10.
Sunday: Celebrate the release of Washington City Paper's second Fiction Issue with a reading at Politics & Prose. 5 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Sunday: Coup Savage & The Snips release a new single and video and play the Black Cat Backstage with Teen Liver. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
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