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MASSIVE ATTACK -- Thursday, doors at 7:30 p.m. Now almost 20 years old, the Bristol, England, trip-hop pioneers have survived far longer than most of the acts they inspired. And it's harder to doubt the genre's continued relevance when Massive Attack remains such a draw: Friday's performance is sold out. With Christine Mortiz. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $40. 202-265-0930.
BETTIE SERVEERT -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. The Dutch college-rockers have managed to maintain a loyal international fan base despite never matching the success of their 1992 album, "Palomine." Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. 703-522-8340.
THE GOONS -- Saturday at 9:30 p.m. The local punk band, known for its straight-ahead sound and blue-collar work ethic, says goodbye. With the Twats. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. 202-667-7960.
RAKIM -- See Can't Miss, this page.
NO SECOND TROY -- Saturday at 9:30 p.m. The local indie-rock band has honed its sound through frequent touring and a seemingly constant string of shows in the area. With Elevator to Space. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10. 703-522-8340.
ECLAT -- Opens Tuesday. Through Oct. 29. Sophisticated, soft-hued collagraph, drypoint and mixed-media prints by Barbara Bickley. Washington Printmakers Gallery, 1732 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-332-7757.
PAPER IN FLIGHT: TWENTY YEARS OF HAND PAPERMAKING -- Opens Tuesday. Through Dec. 3. An exploration of the use of washi , Japanese handmade paper, in the art of kite making. A stunning 10-foot art kite by renowned artist Lesley Dill takes center stage. And 13 contemporary kites recently completed in Kochi, Japan, by international kite artists round out the show. Maryland Institute College of Art, Brown Center, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-669-9200.
TECHNOLOGIES OF WRITING IN THE AGE OF PRINT -- Opens Thursday. Through Feb. 17. A look at the way early modern Europeans dealt with a glut of printed material by inventing complex and innovative systems of note-taking, organizing and filing. As dry as it sounds, the Folger Shakespeare Library has a way of making these things interesting. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.
MODERN WITH A CAPITAL M -- Opens Friday. Through Dec. 16. The Washington Design Center and Metropolitan Home combine to celebrate the magazine's 25th anniversary by bringing together eight of Washington's notable interior designers (including Darryl Carter and Barry Dixon) to create room installations. Washington Design Center, 300 D St. SW. Free. 202-646-6114.
PATTI SMITH: AMERICAN ARTIST -- See Can't Miss, this page.
KEVIN JENNINGS -- Tuesday at 6 p.m. The author and director of the Gay and Lesbian Education Network signs "Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son." Jennings discusses his struggles with his sexuality while growing up in a sports-crazed Southern family, as well as graduating from Harvard. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Free. 202-387-7638.