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The Pinch is closing

A steadfast neighborhood dive and music venue in Columbia Heights is shuttering after eight years, during which it hosted many local and touring acts, especially metal and hardcore bands. The bar’s last day will be next Tuesday, October 22nd.

 

The longest running jazz show in Washington

Tabard Inn is home to cozy couches and a solid happy hour - as well as maybe the longest running jazz gig in DC. Seventy-one-year-old Victor Dvoskin has been playing bass in the wood-panelled lounge every Sunday for the last 22 years. Go and take a listen sometime. As Dvoskin says, “we’re not just wallpaper here.”

 

New downtown tributes to historic women

A local artist recast eight call boxes in downtown DC with a cast-iron sculpture of a notable woman to honor her story and legacy. The call boxes, originally part of an emergency alert system from the 19th century, were first meant to give passerby a quick way to pull a fire alarm to call the fire department if needed. 

 

Staying in the fight (and not just for the content)

 

Also || The ambience of Neighborhoods, Virginia transit riders could someday go from mountains to coast, Sprint adds ASL translation at downtown store, American Idol filmed at the Wharf, what the woman behind Traveling Cocoa Girls is wearing, a scientific perspective on how (un)walkable Tysons is


Errata: The story about tax liens in yesterday’s edition was from 2013. The program was changed and many homeowners received damages.

*Dramatic faint*

AFI Silver is in the middle of a Noir film festival, running through the 24th. There are movies running through the afternoon and you can catch Angel Face (involving an heiress and doomed romance, 7:20pm) or Pushover (involving murder and bank robbery, 9:15pm).

 

Are there more pop-up Halloween bars? 

Whether or not you think DC can support a year-round spooky bar, they’re popping up right now like zombies out of a graveyard. Highlights include Spooky Lucy’s above Little Coco’s, The Night Witch out of that Union Market Airstream, and “Dracula’s Tower” at a Wharf hotel.

  • Rather make your own drinks? Check out the writeup by Barred in DC of the mixology class at H St’s DC Harvest, available most nights.

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • One for the old heads: rapper Pharaohe Monche (from Organized Konfusion) brings his intricate wordplay to Kennedy Center (7:30pm)

  • Dancey act !!! (chk chk chk) raves up U Hall, with local opener Den-Mate warming up the space first. Who knew “Me and Giuliani Down by the Schoolyard” would seem so fresh 15+ years later! (7pm)

  • Fun fact: Alex G played guitars on Frank Ocean’s Blonde! That’s a long way for the lo-fi indie songster, who’s well acclaimed in his own right; Stereogum called this fall’s album from the “boy wonder” “the most concise summation of his many talents.” Sold out, but check FB for sales. (7pm)  

  • Asa Chang and Junray head to Hill Center from Japan as part of the Flash of the Spirit Festival. Lauded as Japan’s premier session percussionist, the tabla player can “make S Club 7 sound like Joy Division.” OK. (7pm)

 

Also || Pack the Hearing: DecrimNow | Data PBL in Arlington | hearing by DHCD | rosslyn cider fest | panel: redefining “good” college | The NoSleep Podcast live | ecstatic dance | tunes: Oh He Dead | comedy: Sara Armour | NSO Pops: Nat King Cole at 100 | tunes: Luna Honey release show | The Community Collective Photography Showcase

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NEXT GOAL: 250


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