ToDo ToDay: Gold-Bears, DC Donut Crawl, and Pride
Not many bands push your pleasure and pain buttons with the careful fury of Atlanta’s Gold-Bears. Their new album, Dalliance, is a bloodied-heart-on-its-T breakup record, but it has the Anglophiliac grace notes and acid-textured skronk of a release by Black Tambourine or Rocketship. Though Gold-Bears will get plenty of mileage from their pedigree—they’re signed to Slumberland Records, America’s on-and-off chief proselytizer of noisy pop for the last 25 years, and even have Black Tambourine’s Pam Berry singing on one song—they’ve still managed something special: a record that manages to undergird its themes of selfishness and self-reflection with gentle chimes and pulverizing cymbal crashes. Read more >>> Gold-Bears performs with the Red Lines and Lilac Daze at 8 p.m. at The Communiverse, 1406 Webster St. NW. (Jonathan L. Fischer)
Other languages always have some word that captures a concept more succinctly than English ever could. In this case, it’s anju, Korean for “snacks that go with alcohol.” Anju is also the name of a monthly pop-up restaurant launching tonight, the brainchild of Danny Lee, chef and owner of Korean eatery Mandu, and Baltimore-based chef Jonah Kim. The menu includes traditional Korean food, such as bibim guksoo (thin noodles, kimchi, and quail eggs), but also American-Korean mash-ups like mac n’ kimcheese. Catch them from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the first Friday of every month. Anju, 453 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001. (202) 289-6899. (Julia Tanaka)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: The National Museum of Women in the Arts opens "Total Art: Contemporary Video," its new exhibition highlighting female video artists. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8–$10.
Friday: Brightest Young Things begins Pride Weekend festivities with Blast Off!, a space-themed dance party at Union Market featuring performances by Big Freedia and Willam. 8:30 p.m. at 1313 5th St. NE. $25.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: The Capital Jazz Fest takes over Merriweather Post Pavilion this weekend. Headliners include John Legend, Erykah Badu, Dwele, and Chaka Khan. 6:30 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $56.50–$105.
Saturday: Forget their generic, hard-to-Google name: The Men are creating some impressively dynamic New York rock ’n’ roll. Their latest album, humbly titled Tomorrow’s Hits, includes everything from a jangly Americana tune (“Sleepless”) to a breathless, aggressive six-minute boogie (“Pearly Gates”). If you’re bored by one song, don’t worry—the next one will probably be drastically different. Read more >>> The Men perform with Heavy Breathing and Passing Phases at 9 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $5. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Alan Zilberman)
Saturday: Before stepping out to watch the Pride Parade, join Washington City Paper at the Secret Garden at O for "Proud," a daytime garden party full of lawn games and music by DJ Shea Van Horn. Noon at 1616 O St. NW. $15–$55.
Saturday: Friday might be National Doughnut Day, but the celebration continues on Saturday morning at the DC Donut Crawl. Participants will meet at Bicycle Space, bike to different doughnut shops, sampling as they go, before finishing the ride at the Lot at Atlantic Plumbing. 10 a.m. at 1019 7th St. NW. $20–$30.
Sunday: When a musician jumps from the orchestra pit to the stage of rock clubs, things should get interesting. Kishi Bashi, the solo project of Jupiter One co-founder and classically trained violinist K. Ishibashi, owes more to Reggie Watts than Yo Yo Ma. During live shows, Ishibashi channels his violin into a loop pedal with live vocals and beatboxing. Read more >>> Kishi Bashi performs with Buried Beds at 6 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Rachel Kurzius)
Sunday: Atlanta rapper Future performs at the Fillmore with Rico Love, Que, and Bando Jonez. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 8 p.m. at 8658 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $27.50.
Sunday: This Sunday's big event is the Capital Pride Festival, where guests can visit exhibitors, enjoy drinks in the beverage gardens, and enjoy performances by Rita Ora, Betty Who, Karmin, and other live acts. Noon on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets. Free.
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