“Other Desert Cities,” Robyn Hitchcock and Peter Buck and No Scrubs top this weekend’s best events

April 25, 2013
The weekend’s best in music, nightlife and family events.

Robyn Hitchcock performs at the 9:30 club with his friend Peter Buck. (Michéle Noach)

Friday: For the few District residents who have been in the city so long that they remember Tracks, the D.C. superclub, which closed in 1999, is honored this weekend with a Tracks reunion bash at DC9.  DJs Mohawk Adam, Earic Patten, Michael Meachem and Mike Kangal spinning their favorites from Tracks' Thursday and Friday nights, which focused on industrial, techno, goth and college tunes.

Friday: If the words "goth" and "industrial," only bring Marilyn Manson to mind, it's quite likely that Tracks isn't your scene. Perhaps you like the lighter side of the 1990s, the side that wore overalls and made up dances to TLC songs. For you, there's No Scrubs, Will Eastman's and Brian Billion's regular '90s bash at the 9:30 club. Expect lots of radio hits.

Friday-Saturday: This weekend, Mike Tyson (yes, that Mike Tyson) is trading the ring for the stage. He's appearing in the autobiographical monologue,  "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," over two nights at the Warner Theatre.  Between being born to an alcoholic mother, rising to become one of the world's most watched prizefighters serving time for rape, and falling victim to severe drug addiction, there are plenty of harrowing tales to mine, and Tyson, directed by Spike Lee (yes, that Spike Lee) doesn't shy away from most of them. Reviews have noted that Tyson came across as both disarmingly self-effacing and fairly raw. More fun for us: Ex-wife Robin Givens won't come off quite the same way.
Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. 202-783-4000.www.warnertheatredc.com. $35-$300.

Friday-May 26: Family dysfunction is pretty entertaining, especially when it isn't your own family. Take a break from the kitchen-table drama and head to Arena Stage, where the Wyeth clan will provide the shocks and uncomfortable laughs in "Other Desert Cities." Pulitzer finalist Jon Robin Baitz garnered a Tony nomination and rave reviews for his play about a family gathering that goes sour with the announcement of an upcoming memoir exposing a dark chapter in Wyeth history.

Saturday-Sept. 2: Think of "Nine Deaths, Two Births: Xu Bing's Phoenix Project" as a peek behind the artistic curtain. It looks at the making of "Phoenix Project," Chinese artist Xu Bing's massive bird installations on view at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The 12-ton, 100-foot sculptures are composed of construction site detritus the artist found in Beijing. This exhibit details the feat of constructing the pieces and includes sketches, scale models and a film.

Saturday: Robyn Hitchcock and Peter Buck are icons of alternative rock because of their work with the Soft Boys and R.E.M., respectively. They've also been friends and collaborators for decades. A trio of albums released under the name Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 is full of catchy, psychedelic power pop that would have been a hit on any college radio station circa 1985. For their show this weekend at the 9:30 club, Buck will open with a solo set before a full performance by the Venus 3.

Saturday: Looking to pick up a healthy hobby this summer? Check out Saturday's Be Fit McLean outdoor expo.  Bluegrass band Drymill Road and Circa Blue will perform at the event, which provides participants with a chance to explore outdoor recreation options in our area. Information and interactive displays related to a variety of outdoor activities will be available. There will be a Gear Swap for participants to trade or sell their used road bikes, backpacks, tents and other outdoor equipment. Teams will compete for group trips with local outfitters in a Dutch Oven Cook-Off.

Saturday: After the demise of Red Palace, burlesque and sideshow acts have quickly shimmied their way into new and unlikely venues. Case in point: Olde City Sideshow's carnival acts move into Dupont Circle's Bier Baron on Saturday night.

 

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