ToDo ToDay: “The Invisible Wall,” Matt Koff, and Wild Beasts
In the Vivid Solutions Gallery exhibit “The Invisible Wall: Photographs From East of the River,” Susana Raab investigates what she sees as “the invisible wall we put up between us, often delineated by race and class.” Raab, who’s of Peruvian and European descent, documents people and scenes from Anacostia, where she works at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum. Based on her research at the museum and her photographic work, she’s hesitant to draw definitive conclusions, but she says, “I see more clearly how paternalistic and misguided federal oversight resulted in catastrophic urban planning, the breakup of the nuclear family, and the transmission of generational trauma, [creating] a perfect storm in some of these areas.” Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Tuesdays through Fridays noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to August 29, at Vivid Solutions Gallery, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free. (202) 365-8392. vividsolutionsgallery.com. (Louis Jacobson)
Mandu’s late night Korean pop-up Anju is back tonight, and this time, chefs Jonah Kim, Kyle Bailey, and Tiffany MacIsaac will be helping out chef and owner Danny Lee in the kitchen. The snacky menu includes kimchi pickled oysters, tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet) fries, soondae pork blood sausage, double fried chicken wings, and much more. Most dishes are $6 each or $15 for three. The menu is available from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. No reservations required. If you miss it, Anju will be back the first Friday of every month. Mandu, 453 K St. NW. mandudc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Daily Show writer Matt Koff and local comedian Rahmein Mostafavi perform at the Black Cat as part of the club's summer comedy series. 9 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Friday: Bay Area hip-hop group Bang Data plays Tropicalia with resident Friday night DJs Congo y Castro. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10.
Friday: Missouri punk band Radkey takes the stage at DC9 with Bethesda hardcore act the Black Sparks. 7 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW.
Saturday: It would be almost too perfectly punny to say that indie rockers Wild Beasts stampeded onto hipster rock radar’s with their 2009 album Two Dancers, but that’s more or less what they did. Now, they’re charging through the 9:30 Club on a brief North American tour fueled by a new album, Present Tense, which was created during nearly a full year of uninterrupted work. Read more >>> Wild Beasts perform with Mutual Benefit at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Tim Regan)
Saturday: Brassy comedian Sandra Bernhard entertains the crowds at the Howard Theatre with her new cabaret performance, Sandyland. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $35–$70.
Saturday and Sunday: The National Gallery of Art begins its tribute to San Francisco's Canyon Cinema Foundation with two screenings. On Saturday, enjoy Canyons, a selection of short films by the group's founding members and on Sunday, view Robert Nelson's cinematic essay "Sweet California." Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
Sunday: Hamilton Leithauser knows his way around heartbreak. The St. Albans alum and former vocalist for rock band the Walkmen did pen “The Rat,” an incendiary song about bitterness, spite, and self-loathing, after all. The days of the Walkmen are long behind us, though—the band announced an indefinite hiatus last year—and Leithauser’s new album, Black Hours, takes a step toward maturity. It features more diverse instrumentation with fewer searing guitars, replacing Leithauser’s trademark snarl with a gentler delivery. Read more >>> Hamilton Leithauser performs with Torres at 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $18–$20. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com. (Alan Zilberman)
Sunday: Chamber-folk act Bombadil performs at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue's intimate downstairs space in support of the vinyl rerelease of its album Tarpits and Canyonlands. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $15–$20.
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