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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Brazilian Rhythms Third Anniversary

For the past three years, DJ Neville C -- a.k.a. Som Records owner Neal Becton -- has hosted Brazilian Rhythms, giving music fans their monthly fix of samba and tropicália beats, spinning classic bossa novas and introducing curious clubgoers to the infectiously festive Brazilian sounds of forró, axe and pagode. (Honestly, you don't have to know what the music's called -- the percussion-fueled grooves will have you laughing and dancing around Cafe Saint-Ex's Gate 54 Lounge before you know what hits you.) Becton has made numerous trips to Brazil to shop for vinyl, and the depth of his collection shows: Brazilian Embassy staffers get down next to newbies trying the fresh caipirinha cocktails at the bar and watching old Brazilian movies and videos on the flat-screen TV. For this month's anniversary party, Saint-Ex will have Brazilian food and drink specials before the music starts.

9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Thursday. Cafe Saint-Ex, 1847 14th St. NW. http://www.saint-ex.com. Free.

Becky

It was a Friday night and you just got paid. It was time to par-tay! Everyone was talking about this hot spot to party and you couldn't wait to do some shots and pump your fist, but for some reason the DJ refused your request to play your favorite Black Eyed Peas jam instead of that weird house music that everyone was dancing to. If he had just followed your instructions, the party really would have been rocking. If you've ever had a night like this, then Becky is for you. For one night only, DJs Stereo Faith and Trevor Martin will be your personal Pandora. No request shall be turned down. If it's your birthday, your friend's birthday or you're in a bachelorette party, these two human jukeboxes will be at your service. They might even do body shots with you while telling the whole club that it's your birthday. Every song that you've heard 400 times on the radio or on your iPod will be instantly spun for your dancing pleasure. PARTY!

9:30 p.m. Friday. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H S. NE, http://rockandrollhoteldc.com. Free.

Pink Party for Breast Cancer

The Bethesda branch of the BlackFinn saloon frequently has girls' night out events like Martini and a Makeover, but since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the bar is hosting something a little less frivolous: a fundraising happy hour for the Bethesda-based National Foundation for Cancer Research in its private upstairs room. A $10 donation to the charity is good for free passed hors d'oeuvres and $5 specialty martinis, and $1 from the purchase of a house cocktail will also be donated directly to the cause. (Staffers from the National Foundation for Cancer Research will be working the door and can answer questions about its programs.) RSVPs to party@blackfinnbethesda.com are appreciated, but not required.

7-9 p.m. Friday. BlackFinn American Saloon, 4901 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda. 301-951-5686. http://www.blackfinnbethesda.com. $10 donation.

Underworld

Do you have Daft Punk fever? Bummed out by all the false starts and false information relating to the new music and a new tour from the unquestioned kings of the electro-spectacle concert? Take in one Underworld show and call us in the morning. The veteran U.K. electronic music group won't have giant pyramids or robot outfits when it visits the 9:30 Club on Monday, but it will have no shortage of the thumping techno anthems that earned them a reputation as one of the world's most exciting live bands, no matter the genre. When vocalist Karl Hyde's barking gets more manic as the tempo picks up and the song hits one of its booming peaks, you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone in the club who isn't in a state of full-body spasming -- either voluntarily or involuntarily.

7 p.m. Monday. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. http://www.930.com. $45.

-- By Fritz Hahn, Rhome Anderson and David Malitz


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