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THE UNKNOWN EUROPEANS -- Opens Monday. Reception at 7:30 p.m. Through June 9. Photography by Kurt Kaindl and essays by Karl Markus Gauss explore the lives of Europe's smallest ethnic minorities, the Albanian-speaking Arbereshe in Italy, the Degesi in Slovakia, the German-speaking Gottscheer in Slovenia, the Sephardim in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Slavonic Sorbs in Germany. Embassy of Austria, Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free. 202-895-6714.
JAPANESE DESIGN TODAY 100 -- Through Feb. 17. Approximately 100 everyday objects exemplify the best in contemporary Japanese design. Embassy of Japan, Japan Information and Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW. Free. 202-238-6949.
NELLIE MCKAY -- Today at 7:30 p.m. The sardonic songstress plays with the Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $27.50. 703-549-7500 or 202-397-7328.
CURT KIRKWOOD -- Today at 8:30 p.m. Former frontman of folk-country-punk pioneers the Meat Puppets. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $13. 703-522-8340.
RAHSAAN PATTERSON -- Monday at 7:30 p.m. The soul crooner plays with Deborah Bond. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35. 703-549-7500 or 202-397-7328.
E.S.T. -- Monday at 8 and 10 p.m. Part of the Nordic Jazz Series. The Esbjorn Svensson Trio is a Swedish ensemble that has been combining jazz with drum 'n' bass, electronic music, funk and rock for more than a decade and is a fixture on MTV Scandinavia. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. 202-337-4141.
LISSEN BAND -- Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. The local go-go group recently began playing every Wednesday night following the club's weekly "Bad Girls Nite Out" event. Legend Nightclub, 3225 Naylor Rd., Temple Hills. $5-$15. 301-894-3535.
MARTY STUART -- Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The country music traditionalist moves seamlessly between honky-tonk, rockabilly, country-rock, traditional country and bluegrass. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $27.50. 703-549-7500 or 703-573-7328.
EVAN DANDO -- Thursday at 9 p.m. The former Lemonhead plays. With Andy Zipf. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $15. 703-522-8340.
BICYCLE THIEVES -- Friday, doors at 9 p.m. With fellow area indie-rockers Cedars and Nethers. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $10. 202-265-0930.
THE SOFT COMPLEX -- Friday at 9 p.m. Saturday at 9:30 p.m. The local synth-pop band mines New Order-Cure-Smiths territory. Friday: State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, $10, 703-237-0300; DC 9, 1940 Ninth St. NW, $8, 202-483-5000.