Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Mates of State, Black Sparks, and Stupid Fucking Bird

matesThough U Street Music Hall regularly plays host to buzzy DJs and local purveyors of electronic music, its bookers also make room for smaller indie-rock acts. Tonight, that act is Mates of State, the twee wife-and-husband duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hummel. Mates of State’s last album, Mountaintops, appeared in 2011, but I saw the pair perform live years before that. That afternoon, their infant daughter was on stage with them, swaddled in blankets and wearing huge, noise-cancelling headphones. At that moment, I thought “Damn, these two would sing a mean lullaby.” And then I realized that they’ve actually been singing lullabies all along. Read more >>>  Mates of State perform at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Rachel Kurzius)

EAT THIS

Barcelona Wine Bar has some new cocktails to sip on its outdoor patio. The Bees Wings, a twist on the Bees Knees, includes Bar Hill Gin, yellow chartreuse, agave nectar, orange blossom water, lemon juice, and egg whites. For whiskey lovers, there’s the Whiskey Root with Byrrh Quinquina, fresh ginger, basil leaves, lemon juice, and Buffalo Trace Bourbon. Barcelona Wine Bar, 1622 14th St. NW. (202) 588-5500. barcelonawinebar.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

The final week of concerts at Fort Reno kicks off with performances by Black Sparks, Stereosleep, and the Raised by Wolves. Come hungry, because it's also the Night of 1,000 Cakes! 7 p.m. at Chesapeake Street and Nebraska Avenue NW. Free.

Local folk act the Cowards Choir performs at Clarendon's IOTA Club & Cafe with the Kraken Quartet. 8:30 p.m. at 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company revives its hit production of Stupid Fucking Bird, named 2014's best play by Washington City Paper, beginning tonight. 8 p.m. at 641 D St. NW. Pay what you can.

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