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Posted at 6:44 PM ET, 11/ 9/2010

Nightlife agenda

By David Malitz

Todd Snider plays for a good cause on Saturday night. (Senor McGuire)

Funny folkie Todd Snider plays a benefit show at Rock & Roll Hotel, Little Miss Whiskey's has its version of a yardsale and two of 2010's most deserving buzz bands share a bill at the Black Cat.

Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Monday | Tuesday

Wednesday, Nov. 10
Remember that time on "30 Rock" when Tracy told Kenneth to "live every week like it's Shark Week"? Well, the tireless Brightest Young Things crew lives every week like it's Fotoweek. Although the local blog has expanded exponentially over the years and has a reach that includes curating comedy festivals as well as hosting summer pool parties and over-the-top New Year's Eve extravaganzas, its bread and butter remains its blog and the hundreds of original photographs it publishes each week from concerts, dance nights and other goings on around town. The BYT archive includes 70,000 photos and counting, and as part of Fotoweek, it will display a couple hundred of favorites from 2010, at FotoWeek Central.

Thursday, Nov. 11
ESL Music's Thunderball brings together a number of their dancefloor funk, world grooves and downtempo collaborators for the release of their new album, "12 Mile High." With Mustafa Akbar on vocals, Rex Riddem on percussion and a number of surprise guests joining the band, the Gold Room at Eighteenth Street Lounge will be percolating all evening.

Saturday, Nov. 13
Sure, we can vote, drink legally and do other adult stuff, but in aggregate, being a grown-up can sometimes feel overrated. Between taxes, not leaving the office until the sun has long descended and navigating the dating, mating and relationship game, sometimes some dodge ball, Nintendo and cookies seem more appealing. And this is why Recess is a good look. Not only can you play like a kid, but you can also partake of some of the few things that are worthwhile about adulthood. With a live DJ, specialty drinks and every classic game from Monopoly to Twister, it's a formula that encourages mingling and letting off steam. This will be the last one before this popular event at Aloft goes on a hiatus.

There are few more likable musical performers than singer-songwriter Todd Snider. He's a folkie who could probably moonlight as a stand-up comedian, peppering his wordy and witty songs with rhymes that double as punch lines. His concerts are a whirlwind of story-songs and personal recollections that have earned him a rabid cult following. Saturday's show at Rock & Roll Hotel is a bit pricier than his usual gigs, but that's because it's a benefit for Hope for Henry, a local-based charity that provides life-improving gifts for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Sunday, Nov. 14
Bring ramen noodles and get a discount? This has to be one of the best promotions we've seen in a while. It's the work of Toki Underground, H Street's soon-to-open ramen and dumpling restaurant, which is hosting a DJ night at U Street Music Hall. Some big names will be there - Andy Butler from Herclues and Love Affair, along with Geologist from Animal Collective - and there will live art by locals Neighbors and J. Coleman. It supports the Toki Underground winter soup kitchen.

Just like its elder sibling Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club, Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar has a personality built on an oddball, whimsical sense of style. Perhaps a facelift is underway, because the H Street bar is clearing out its inventory of gewgaws, curiosities and tchotchkes at their First Annual Rock and Roll Sale. The concert posters will probably go the fastest, but if you miss the best bits, you can always find treasures in the crates of Som Records, which will be on hand selling vinyl. Items will also be available from Miss Pixie's Furnishings. And as long as the weather holds, the patio grill will be the usual barbecue spot.

Monday, Nov. 15
Two of the year's more deserving buzz bands share a bill at the Black Cat on Monday night. On Glasser's debut album, "Ring," each processed drum beat and keyboard gurgle sounds coated in a thin layer of ice. But it's Cameron Mesirow's warm, enveloping voice that keeps it from becoming a distant affair, casting her as the blogosphere's New Age chanteuse of choice. Like Glasser, Twin Shadow makes its mark with the voice of its singer. George Lewis has a soulful croon that helps elevate his synthy songs from enjoyable ditties to pop powerhouses.

Tuesday, Nov. 16
There will be something evil going on Tuesday night at 9:30 Club. Nick Cave is only getting better with age, his tales becoming even more twisted and lascivious. Things get plenty raunchy with his usual band, the Bad Seeds, but are even more down and dirty with his side project, Grinderman. The band's first D.C. show is a can't-miss for those who think that rock-and-roll has lost its evil streak.

--David Malitz and Rhome Anderson

By David Malitz  | November 9, 2010; 6:44 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Events, Music  
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