When Marc Maron performed stand-up at Sixth and I in February, the comedian couldn’t help but indulge his Jewish roots. Expect more of the same when the podcaster reads from his twisted essay collection, “Attempting Normal,” tonight at 7 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW; 202-408-3100. $20-$46.
Feed the Animals
Back in the early ’90s, the future members of neo-psych/yelp-core band Animal Collective were just Baltimore friends making strange music. After the band’s 2000 debut, indie was never the same, though its real breakthrough record was 2004’s brilliant, loping “Sung Tongs.” Three records later, AC is one of the biggest experimental indie bands out there. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. Sold out.
‘Big Brother,’ Big Problems
Lionel Shriver, who destroyed all our psyches with her Columbine-inspired “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” has a new novel (“Big Brother”) that tackles the obesity crisis. Protagonist Pandora discovers her older brother has gained hundreds of pounds and must confront her prejudices. 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Free.