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(By Lavanya Ramanathan -- The Washington Post)
Sunday, February 15, 2009

Neal Becton

We admit it: We can't be everywhere. So today, we roll out a new feature asking local artists, galleristas, DJs, VJs and like minds to tell us what they've got on their calendars.

First up is Neal Becton, who, when not running Som Records, is the guy behind the turntables at Marvin, Science Club and Cafe Saint-Ex's Brazilian Rhythms night (and he's a former Postie).

So what's on his radar?

· Tonight's listening party for buzzy local singer Benjy Ferree's new concept album, "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee," at Cafe Saint-Ex. "I love the old one," Becton says, "and I'm sure this one is going to be great, too."

The listening party is free. 9-11 p.m. today. Cafe Saint-Ex downstairs bar, 1847 14th St. NW. 202-265-7839.

· And later in the week, "I want to go check out Punch Club," Becton says of the weekly speak-easy-style party serving old-style craft punches with house-made ingredients. "My wife went and loved it."

Punch Club is every Thursday from 6 p.m. to midnight. No cover; drinks are $5-$8. Warehouse, 1021 Seventh St. NW.

For Families That Other President

The president of the moment has to be . . . Abraham Lincoln. But Alexandria cannot neglect George Washington, whom it has been feting since the 1800s with the annual George Washington Birthday Parade. Catch marching bands and reenactors of portraying the first prez and Revolutionary War troops on the 1.3-mile parade route tomorrow.

Free. 1-3 p.m. Reviewing stand at Cameron and Royal streets. Visit or call 703-991-4474.

The Scene A Modern Fellow

Wednesday, Bourbon's high-minded monthly chatfest the Modernist Society (it's like "Inside the Actors Studio" with drink specials) is bringing in Blake Schwarzenbach, onetime singer and lyricist for Jawbreaker and later, Jets to Brazil. These days, Schwarzenbach is teaching intro lit and writing at Hunter College and -- after a long hiatus -- is in a new band, Thorns of Life. For Schwarzenbach, it's like "coming home" after a few years spent in academia. After Jets to Brazil broke up, "I ran away from indie rock into the welcoming arms of the CUNY system," he told us by phone from New York. "I fled, honestly. . . . The music scene seemed really disengaged from what was going on in the world." Instead, he got a master's degree.

He's willing to talk about it all Wednesday. "I'm hoping [the discussion is] about language, because that's where I live."

Free. Interview begins at 10 p.m. Wednesday; DJs spin from 11 till close. Bourbon, second floor, 2321 18th St. NW. 202-332-0800.

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