Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m.
Hospitality and Ex Hex
Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St., NE
We were charmed by Hospitality’s literary and introspective 2012 debut, which seemed to land them on everyone’s bands to watch list. The band brought a more expansive sound and a harder edge to their sophomore effort, this year’s excellent “Trouble.” They’re supported on Thursday by Ex Hex, the latest project from DC music scene all-star Mary Timony.
Deal nearby: The Pretzel Bakery
Thursday, July 24, 7;45 p.m., Friday, July 25, 11 p.m. and Saturday, July 26, 7:30 p.m.
You, or Whatever I Can Get
Baldacchino Tent Bar, Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave., NW
Capital Fringe Festival wraps up this weekend, so if you haven’t seen a show or two, get on it! We’re hearing great things about You, or Whatever I Can Get, an original musical about friendship and dating in your late twenties and early thirties.
Deal nearby: Irish Channel Restaurant & Pub
Friday, July 25, 8:30 p.m.
The Pinch, 3548 14th St., NW
We frequently recommend comedy shows in this round up – and we sometimes recommend burlesque shows. Barenaked Comedy gives us the chance to do both. The night promises comedy from local funnymen and women alongside burlesque performances. What a combo!
Deal nearby: Camino Real Restaurant
Saturday, July 26, 8 p.m.
The US Air Guitar Championships Mid-Atlantic Semifinals
930 Club, 815 V St., NW
Trust us, competitive air guitar is an actual thing. See how much of a thing it is as the region’s best fake axmen sling their imaginary axes at the mid-Atlantic semifinals of the US Air Guitar Championships. Competitors will air strum to two songs—one of their choosing and one surprise pick. They’re judged on skill, showmanship, and “airness.” Whatever that means.
Deal nearby: Fast Gourmet
Sunday, July 27, 8 p.m.
Noir at the Bar
Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St., NW
Noir at the Bar brings some of the country’s best crime writers to Wonderland for a dark and stormy night of readings, drinks, books for sale, and people to meet. Put on your trench coat and fedora—this is a must-do if you’re a crime-fiction aficionado.
Deal nearby: Grand Central