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ToDo ToDay: Dean Wareham, El Gran Combo, and Range’s New Happy Hour

wareham“She will never be all mine, she says my songs are sad,” sings Dean Wareham on the assaultive and motorik “I Can Only Give My All,” one of the best, most surprising numbers on the former Galaxie 500 and Luna singer’s new album. Whoever she is, she’d probably snooze through the first half of Dean Wareham, which dwells in the same sleepy, autumnal place as Galaxie 500’s influential On Fire but lacks its Velvets-circa-’69 minimalism and its fuzz-caked emotional payoffs. The best stuff on Dean Wareham is touched by wanderlust, foiling his understated vocals with anxious, anthemic melodies, precise beats, and the right amount of guitar clang. Read more >>> Dean Wareham performs with The Vacant Lots at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1880. L. Fischer)


Bryan Voltaggio’s Range has launched a new happy hour Mondays through Fridays. From 4 to 6 p.m., the restaurant will offer half-price pizzas, $1 oysters, $5 Flying Dog UnderDog Lager, and a $7 Revoked Celebrity cocktail, featuring Tito’s vodka, lemon verbena, lemon, and apricot. From 9 p.m. until close, you can score the half-price pizzas and $1 oysters again, along with half-price shellfish towers. The specials are bar-only and can’t be ordered to go. Range is open until 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Fridays. Range, 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 803-8020. (Quinn Kelley)


Friday: Puerto Rican salsa band El Gran Combo plays a lively show at the Howard Theatre. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $60–$100.

Friday: Local indie-funk act The Very Small performs at Rock & Roll Hotel with Bearshark and Cartoon Weapons. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.

Friday and Saturday: Acclaimed actor Hal Holbrook brings his touring production of Mark Twain Tonight, in which he embodies the master humorist, to the National Theatre. 8 p.m. at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $48–$78.

Saturday: Through "One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide," the Kennedy Center has placed a much-deserved spotlight on hip-hop as an art form. For one night, a collection of female performers will convene to commemorate the abundant offerings women have brought the genre through the years. This includes rising MC Rapsody, French-Chilean vocalist Ana Tijoux, Grammy-winning hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari, pioneering rapper-turned-entertainer extraordinaire MC Lyte, and the elusive, mercurial Lauryn Hill. Read more >>> The show begins at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. Kimble)

Saturday: Comet Ping Pong hosts a fundraiser for the Allied Media Conference featuring R&B artist Tunde Olaniran and DJs rAt, Mother Shiester, and Underdog. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.

Saturday: D.C. MEETMarket reopens for the season with a photobooth, live painting, and performances by America Hearts, Light Arms, and DJ vANNIEty Kills. 11 a.m. at 15th and P streets NW. Free.

Saturday and Sunday: Dancer and storyteller Camille A. Brown presents Mr. TOL E. RAncE, a racially charged piece inspired by the Spike Lee film Bamboozled, at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $20–$35.50.

Sunday: If you’re looking for a demonstration of how D.C.'s colleges interact with the city, the American University Museum’s new exhibition, In Residence: The Neighbors, draws attention to the relationship between the District’s academic and arts communities. Among the highlights is Towson University professor Nora Sturges’ “Houses,” a desert scene dotted with structures that resembles Little Tikes playhouses. Read more >>>The exhibition is on view Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 885-1140. Kurzius)

Sunday: Jazz violinist Regina Carter closes out the weekend with a performance at the Birchmere. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $39.50.

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