ToDo ToDay: Real Estate, Pig Pen Theatre Co., and Two Trains Running
New Jersey’s Real Estate may have the most generic band name since the Music, but that doesn’t mean the group’s sound is ordinary. Its latest album, Atlas, is an extension of its 2011 record Days: The easygoing psych-pop songs brim with clear guitar tones and soft vocals. The acoustics at the 9:30 Club are good for a quieter musicians—the crowd is generally quick to understand that near-silence is appropriate—so the quintet’s gig will be a perfect showcase for their deceptively simple musicianship. Read more >>> Real Estate performs with Pure X at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $22. (202) 265-0930.930.com. (Caroline Jones)
With spring weather on its way, Vinoteca has officially opened its front patio and backyard. Al fresco diners can now enjoy chef Lonnie Zoellers’ expanded grill menu. The restaurant is offering a wide range of house-made hot dogs and burgers, like Who Dat Doggy, a boudin pork dog with grilled red onions and remoulade, and the Ciao Fungo, a portobello mushroom burger with roasted red pepper, feta, and arugula. The restaurant is also launching a new spring cocktail menu, which includes mixologist Horus Alvarez’s spins on the Caipirinha, the gin and tonic, and the Sidecar. Vinoteca. 1940 11th St. NW. (202) 332-9463. vinotecadc.com. (Raphaella Baek)
OH AND ALSO
Round House Theatre's Bethesda outpost starts performances of August Wilson's Two Trains Running, the story of a Pittsburgh diner owner and his reaction to the Civil Rights Movement. 7:30 p.m. at 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $25–$50.
Indie-folk outfit Pig Pen Theatre Co. plays U Street Music Hall with Brooklyn acoustic trio the Spring Standards. 6:30 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $17.
Electro-pop group W.C. Lindsay performs with Broken Gold at the Black Cat Backstage. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
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