Inside D.C. entertainment

Tensnake and the Second D.C. Tweed Ride: Ally Schweitzer's picks, Nov. 8 - 15

November 8, 2010 - 06:30 AM
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Disco producer Tensnake plays at U Hall Thursday.
Disco producer Tensnake plays at U Hall Thursday.

Thursday: Tensnake at the U Street Music Hall

His first time in the U.S., Tensnake is likely to make a big impression on this side of the dance music world. His timing is impeccable: Springing off a trio of excellent 12"s that reintroduced fun and levity to "cosmic" disco, the German producer is floating on a cloud of critical adoration from crate-diggers and clubbers alike.

His secret seems to be crossing aisles without sacrificing style: "Coma Cat" is big and bouncy, but finessed with an extended 80s electro funk sample; "Congolal" is slouchy and languid – far from a banger – but speckled with flecks of ice. His set on Thursday won't be a fist-pumper, but it may get you dreaming a little earlier than bedtime.

Saturday: Radio CPR Benefit at La Casa

Conflicts of interest prevent me from recommend the music happening at this small DIY production on Saturday, BUT: Check it out because La Casa is a cool community space right in the middle of Mount Pleasant, and the $5 cover charge goes to supporting the neighborhood radio station CPR.

Sunday: Tweed Bicycle Ride and After-party at Stroga

Last year's inaugural tweed ride was the most fun I had in D.C. in a very long time. If you have a bike and some old-looking clothes, join this free, non-competitive, and utterly silly bike ride through the District. (The start location is still TBD.) Last year's route was short, giggle-filled, and low on hills – it damn better be, too, when you're riding a frickin' penny farthing. Register online to support future old-timey events in D.C. (by the arty, fun group Dandies & Quaintrelles) and of course, to drink and hang out at the after-party at Stroga in Adams Morgan.

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