Inside D.C. entertainment

Tonight: Art in Shaw, soul and Meklit Hadero

February 8, 2012 - 01:51 PM
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Meklit Hadero (Facebook/Nathanael Keck)

As excited as we are at the prospect of some snow tonight, knowing our luck it'll be merely a dusting. So, here are some excuses to get fancy and romp around the city on a Wednesday night. The weekend's almost here!

• Trying to believe in that thing called love? Can't believe that it's real? The British rock band The Darkness performs tonight at the 9:30 club with Foxy Shazam and Crown Jewel. The show's sold out, but perhaps you can wrangle tickets off people who can't bear the cold. 7 p.m. $25

• If theater suits your fancy tonight, but you're broke, good news! The Pulitzer-nominated story, Yellowman, opens at Rep Stage. Set in South Carolina, two childhood friends struggle with identity and love in the foreground of class, race and family loyalties. 7 p.m. Pay What You Can.

• Missing life elsewhere and in need of some laughs? New York Night at Riot Act Comedy Theater features a night of comics hailing from NYC. The roster includes Dave Siegel, Gary Vider and Andy Klein. 8:30 p.m. $15.

The Greatest Czech's screening at the Avalon. Winner of the 2010 Award of Czech film critics for Best Actress in a Leading Role and nominated for a Czech Lion Award for Best Film Director and Best Screenplay, the film is a story of starving artists who've produced a number of successful films. Now, the director intends to produce his life's dream, but loses out on the funding. 8 p.m. Subtitled.

• R&B-soul singer V.Rich live at Blues Alley. With Deborah Bond and Brian Lenair. 8 & 10 p.m. $20.

"Bachelor" V.Rich Official Video from V.Rich on Vimeo.

• "If Joni Mitchell were East African and met Nina Simone for tea in San Francisco's Mission District, she might end up sounding like Meklit Hadero." The Jazz-soul-hip-hop-art-rock singer and resident artist at San Francisco's Red Poppy Art House performs at Artisphere.8 p.m. $15 advance/$18 door.

• Cigarettes are more addictive than marijuana. Addiction Incorporated, the true story of how scientists worked and succeeded at making the human brain addicted to cigarettes, screens for a final night at E Street Cinema.

• A night of art galleries and cocktails at the Shaw Art Walk. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. is a guided tour of the Convention Center's rare art collection and neighboring galleries including Civilian Art Projects, Contemporary Wing, Lamont bishop Gallery, Long View Gallery, Maruka Gallery and Boutique, and Touchstone Gallery.

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