Thursday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.
The Wonders at Washington Jewish Film Festival
1529 16th St. NW
The 24th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival begins tonight with the DC premiere of The Wonders, which follows a bartender and grafitti artist who descends into Jerusalem’s off-the-books netherworld. The festival’s opening night reception includes an appearance by The Wonders’ director Avi Nesher and composer Avner Dorman. WJFF, one of the largest Jewish film festivals in America, runs through Wednestday, March 9 and will showcase over 80 screenings.
Deal nearby: Panache
Friday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.
Hiss Golden Messenger
DC9, 1940 9th St. NW
Fans of Bill Callahan and Bonnie “Prince” Billy have no doubt dug deep into the work of Hiss Golden Messenger, a North Carolina-based folk duo with roots in indie rock and hardcore punk alike. MC Taylor and Scott Hirsch lay down lo-fi jams that nonetheless manage to snap to pop-sensible song structures—2013’s Haw balanced Ryan Adams’ sneeriness with Cass McCombs’ ethereality.
Deal nearby: Grand Central
Saturday, March 1, 8 p.m.
BYT Presents D.C. Emerging Artists
Howard Theater, 620 T St. NW
The Howard Theatre typically caters to established names—you know, like Ja Rule and Talib Kweli. But this second year of BYT’s Emerging Artists Supersampler lets the kids, for a hot second, have their names in lights. An impressive range of genres and stylings will be represented, from the brassy, synthy Pleasure Curses to the Caribbean-tinged Akoko to the Fat Trel-affiliated Sheila D. (Not to be confused with Sheila E.)
Deal nearby: Fast Gourmet
Sunday, March 2, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Luce Unplugged with Paperhaus
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW
The latest installment of the Luce Local Artist Series features Paperhaus, local indie-poppers known for its 2013 EP, Hi Ho Lo, and its eponymous Petworth punk house/show space. The members of Paperhaus will chat about artworks of their choosing before performing in the bright, airy Luce Foundation Center. Complimentary coffee and tea will be served.
Deal nearby: Mehak Indian Cuisine