Monday, Oct. 8
Semiannual Main Reading Room Open House at Library of Congress: It opens to the public only twice a year, so take this opportunity to explore the hub of the Library of Congress. The Main Reading Room is usually reserved for registered researchers who have access to approximately 70,000 volumes of reference materials. Librarians will be on hand to provide information on all the services offered at the library — in person and online. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.
Joey Purp at Songbyrd: Joey Purp is part of the same vibrant Chicago crew that includes Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa. On his 2016 mix tape “iiiDrops,” Purp established himself as another rapper to watch, balancing wokeness and ignorance over throwback soul samples that evoked early Kanye West. These days, the 25-year-old rapper is still nodding to Kanye, but on his recently released debut album, “Quarterthing,” there is also some “Yeezus”-inspired electronic noise in the mix. Purp still gets personal (“24 karat gold bleeding out this heart of mine,” he raps), but he has also proved himself adept at the kind of minimal and hypnotic flows that get the club going. 8 p.m. $18.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
Kali Uchis at 9:30 Club: With an impressive debut album, performances at high-profile festivals and collaborations with music heavyweights such as the Gorillaz under her belt, Kali Uchis has evolved into one of the most promising acts in pop. The Alexandria native’s boundless creativity and expansive, worldly sound should shine bright during her two-night homecoming show. Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. $40 (Tuesday’s show is sold out).
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy at Birchmere: As Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Will Oldham crafts timeless folk implosions, usually with guitar, sometimes with accompaniment and always with his voice, a warbling instrument that breathes life into lyrics that illuminate the human condition. His lyrics are so crucial that they are being released in the forthcoming book “Songs of Love and Horror: Collected Lyrics of Will Oldham.” Along with rendering each song as a poem, Oldham offers liner notes, instructions and trivia about each song. But as he writes about the somber “Death to Everyone,” “It is unbearable at times to try to assess the weight of each plot point and clue.” 7:30 p.m. $29.50.
Wednesday, Oct. 10
Fall for the Book at George Mason University: The Library of Congress’s National Book Festival was not the only literary event this fall where you could mingle with authors. Fall for the Book brings more than 150 writers to George Mason University’s Fairfax campus and other venues in Northern Virginia for four days of talks, panels, readings and workshops. This year’s schedule includes evenings with “Olive Kitteridge” author Elizabeth Strout, “An American Marriage” author Tayari Jones and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), as well as discussions on such topics as Hunter S. Thompson, public restrooms and coming-of-age novels. Various times. Free.
Lights, Camera, Cocktails at ArcLight Cinemas Bethesda: The Maryland theater is partnering with local bars to provide a full-service night out at the movies without having to worry about missing your showtime. The monthly series kicks off Wednesday with a tribute to the late Burt Reynolds and a showing of “Smokey and the Bandit” alongside cocktail pairings from Hank’s Cocktail Bar. A ticket gets you three cocktails — before, during and after the film — and a seat. 6:30 p.m. $40.
Thursday, Oct. 11
Evenings at the Edge at National Gallery of Art: The National Gallery of Art’s East Building, designed by I.M. Pei and home to one of the city’s most interesting modern and contemporary art collections, is celebrating its 40th birthday with a party that will have all the flourishes of 1978. Guests of the after-hours soiree can hear a DJ spinning disco tunes, play games from the era and enjoy snacks and refreshments. 6 to 9 p.m. Free.
Kool Keith at the Howard Theatre: Today’s rap weirdos — with their pink hair and high-fashion tastes — could learn a lesson (or 20) from hip-hop iconoclast Kool Keith. The 54-year-old has spent more than three decades vexing and perplexing listeners, first as part of Ultramagnetic MCs and then as a solo artist. Under countless aliases, Keith has pushed beyond the outer limits of hip-hop with absurd, surreal and explicit streams of consciousness. And he is still going strong, reuniting with Dan the Automator (who produced his 1996 classic “Dr. Octagonecologyst”) for the bonkers “Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation.” If that sentence freaks you out, then Kool Keith’s still got it. 9 p.m. $25-$55.
Hurricane Florence Charity Happy Hour at Mission — Navy Yard: The Carolinas are still picking up the pieces from Hurricane Florence, which devastated the region in September. The South Carolina State Society is hosting a charity happy hour at Mission in Navy Yard to benefit those affected by the storm. All ticket proceeds will go toward the One SC Fund, which aids disaster victims in South Carolina, and Mission will donate $2 from every signature cocktail ordered during the event. 6 to 9 p.m. $10, food and drink prices vary.
Friday, Oct. 12
Portside in Old Town Festival: Old Town Alexandria’s waterfront has been central to its identity since the 18th century, and the expansion of the public park at the foot of King Street should only heighten its appeal for tourists and residents. The Portside in Old Town Festival offers a preview of the kinds of events that will regularly take place along the Potomac: tours of the Godspeed, a replica of a tall ship that brought settlers to Jamestown; art displays, including an LED light performance; live music and DJs; outdoor yoga and exercise classes; a pop-up Port City beer garden and Pizzeria Paradiso location; and craft projects for families. 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 7:45 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free.
Maria Bamford at the Warner Theatre: You may have recently caught on to the comedic stylings of Maria Bamford from her acclaimed Netflix series, “Lady Dynamite.” But Bamford has long been one of the pioneers of the alt-comedy scene, bursting into prominence with “The Comedians of Comedy,” which featured her and now-famous comedians Patton Oswalt and Zach Galifianakis. Bamford also had her own inventive comedy specials, including 2012’s “The Special Special Special,” which was recorded entirely in her home and had an audience of two — her parents. 7 p.m. $32.
Molly Burch at Songbyrd: The great trick of Austin singer-songwriter Molly Burch is the initial lull of her smoky, gentle voice projecting another run-of-the-mill songstress. Take a second listen though and you’ll hear the sounds of someone torn up over heartbreak and unrequited love. Her 2017 debut, “Please Be Mine,” is a great entry point into this young talent, but her forthcoming album, “First Flower,” is already generating buzz off its lead single, “To the Boys,” which reveals more assured songwriting and outlook with its resonant line “I don’t need to scream to get my point across / I don’t need to yell to know that I’m the boss.” 7 p.m. $10-$12.
— Hau Chu, Adele Chapin, Fritz Hahn, Chris Kelly and Stephanie Williams