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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 07/26/2007

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

By Fritz Hahn

We're too young to have experienced d.c. space, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate it. Starting in the 1970s, the F Street spot was one of the first venues in the city to embrace punk, as well as other types of outsider music. A quick stroll through Post archives finds late-1970s reviews of the likes of James Chance and the Contortions, Anthony Braxton and John Cale. Score! In the next decade the venue would become more identified with the D.I.Y. rock scene, hosting legendary shows by the likes of Minor Threat, Nation of Ulysses, the Melvins, Beat Happening and basically any band worth a 25-page bio recap by Michael Azzerad. The club closed in the early '90s, but its history of avant garde and punk music assures that it lives on in local lore. Thirty years after d.c. space first opened its doors, its veterans are gathering for one more evening Sunday at the 9:30 club. The evening has been designated as a benefit for Tom Terrell, a music journalist and former d.c. space DJ who finds himself in that all-too-common predicament of needing medical treatment (for prostate cancer, in this case) that he simply cannot afford. The list of names appearing tonight is simply too long to get into, but highlights include 9353, Beatnik Flies, Chuck Brown (performing with avant garde jazz saxophonist Oliver Lake), Rustbuckit and Jenny Toomey. It will be a marathon event, starting at 4 and lasting past midnight, with most sets limited to 10-15 minutes.

Looking for something else to do this weekend? The Nightlife Agenda column discusses Maxi Priest's appearance at Reggaefest, the Dance Party's indie-rock prom, a Belgian-style beer tasting at Saint-Ex and a number of concerts you won't want to miss.

By Fritz Hahn  | July 26, 2007; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Music  
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