ToDo ToDay: Camera Obscura, Olivia Neutron-John, and De La Soul
Camera Obscura is content with its melancholy; in fact, that’s kind of the band’s thing. After a four-year break, the band returned in late 2013 with Desire Lines, a critically acclaimed album full of arresting pop laments, this time recorded in Portland, Ore. If you’re a fan of the old stuff, you’ll be happy to know Camera Obscura hasn’t changed drastically over the years—the album’s lead single, “Do It Again,” is an upbeat anthem led by Tracyanne Campbell’s trademark vocals and tempered by time. Read more >>> Camera Obscura performs with Laura Cantrell at 7:30 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Tim Regan)
GRK Fresh Greek opens today in Dupont Circle at 11 a.m. Gyros are spelled "yeeros" on the menu, finally forcing Americans to pronounce the meat and pita dish correctly. Guests can choose from lamb, beef, chicken, pork, or portobello mushrooms on a pita, over salad, or plain on a plate. There’s also Greek yogurt with toppings like black cherry, rose petal, and fig preserves. GRK Fresh Greek, 1140 19th St. NW. grkfresh.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: DC Arts Center celebrates its 25th anniversary with a 25-hour celebration during which anyone can hang their work in any part of the gallery for as long as the artist stays at DCAC. The celebration continues with an open house and dance party on Saturday night. 7 p.m. at 2438 18th St. NW. $10.
Friday: Head to the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Luce Center for a performance curated by City Paper editors featuring the Sea Life and Pygmy Lush. 6 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
Friday: Jazz reggae group Eastern Standard Time performs at Tropicalia with Atomic Mosquitos and Dub Architect. Find more details on Facebook. 8:30 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10.
Saturday: Twenty-five years after the release of De La Soul’s debut album, Three Feet High and Rising, the group continues to impress all ilk of hip-hop fans. These days, they’re seen as hip-hop pioneers. Three Feet High and Rising is now part of the National Recording Registry, and the group still produces a stellar live show. Their seamless transition from “Much More” to “Stakes Is High” live is something diehard hip-hop fans must see. Do it tonight. Read more >>> De La Soul performs with Dillon Cooper and DJ Zu at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $27.50–$55. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Julian Kimble)
Saturday: Local artist Olivia Neutron-John performs a headlining show at Arlington's CD Cellar with female rock band Nox, Austin's Feral Future, and Philadelphia's I IM EYE MY. 8 p.m. at 2607 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $5–$10.
Saturday: Experimental rock group Drop Electric performs at Artisphere with local guitarist Margot MacDonald in conjunction with the venue's Fermata exhibition. 8 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12.
Saturday: The Anacostia Arts Center hosts a performance by Cuban vocalist Ernesto "El Gato" Gatell to kick off season five of the Anacostia Community Museum's Metro Mambo series. 6 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
Sunday: Before the Corcoran dissolves and most of its works are distributed to other institutions, the museum is showcasing a number of lesser-seen pieces from its collection. This month, the curators highlight all manner of landscapes in the new exhibition “Terra Firma: Landscapes from the Photography and Media Arts Collection.” The images span more than 150 years and feature locations both natural and developed, places that would presumably look quite different on Google Earth now than they did a century ago. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursdays to Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Sept. 28 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $8–$10. (202) 639-1700. corcoran.org. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: The National Gallery of Art showcases four short films from the Black Maria Film Festival on topics like the Hamptons, whales, and family relationships. 4 p.m. at Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
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