BYT’s Bentzen Ball returns, Mavis Staples checks into the Library of Congress, cheap beers at Bardo and more local arts news


Mavis Staples plays the Library of Congress in October. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Just announced!

Because we can’t all be last-minute planners, here are some recently announced shows coming up this fall that you can buy tickets to now (or soon.) Plan accordingly. 

Library of Congress concerts

The Library of Congress announced its fall concert series at the Coolidge Auditorium, a slate of free concerts (which require tickets that are “on sale” via Ticketmaster beginning Sept. 3). Performances include gospel legend Mavis Staples (Oct. 11) and Belgian ensemble Vox Luminis (Oct. 29) making its D.C. debut.

The Bentzen Ball

Tig Notaro and Brightest Young Things’ comedy festival is back at the Lincoln Theatre on Oct. 1. Tickets ($30) are on sale now via Ticketfly for an opening night showcase starring Notaro, Jeff Garlin and Kyle Kinane. More shows — with comics like Rosie O’Donnell, John Hodgman and Retta — will be announced soon.

Beer!

$3.45: The cost of a pint at Bardo Brewpub (1200 Bladensburg Road NE) starting Friday, when the brewery taps its IPA, stout, ginger beer and pale ale, the first beers it has brewed since 2000. The limited 1994-era pricing honors the 20th anniversary of Bardo’s first brew. R.G.

Vocabulary: ‘zine’

The definition: Shorthand for self-published magazine (or, fanzine) with limited circulation; often (but not always) with a focus on punk music.

Why you should care: This weekend is the fourth annual D.C. Zinefest (St. Stephen’s, 1525 Newton St. NW; Sat., 11 a.m.-
5 p.m., free), featuring works from more than 50 zinesters of varying levels of experience. Zines represented include the wrestling zine “Hug It Out,” lit zine “Quail Bell Magazine” and one called “Poop Matters.”

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Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.
Sadie Dingfelder will write about anything, but she especially loves art, science, wildlife and quirky people.

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