Kool and the gang
Grandfather of horrorcore and pornocore proponent Kool Keith—aka Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom and Black Elvis—and unspecified friends visit Sister (409 Central NW) on Saturday, March 23. Keith has proven himself a surrealist rap visionary, and his work rarely shies away from extraterrestrial, overtly sexual and downright weird subjects. Adults of legal drinking age can partake in this sci-fi hip-hop spectacular starting at 10 p.m. Presale tickets are $16.
Classics for peaceniks
Apple Hill String Quartet plays for peace. The quartet is ensemble-in-residence at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in rural New Hampshire. Along with an intensive chamber music summer camp, the center’s mission is to serve as sonic matchmaker for players from historically conflicted communities, promoting dialogue and connection. Arabs are paired with Israelis, blacks with whites and Catholics with Protestants. Sunday Chatter at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW) features the foursome performing Cimarosa’s “Concerto for Oboe and Strings,” Mozart’s “String Quartet No. 15 in D minor K. 421” and two tangos. The gratis espresso bar perks up on March 24 at 9:30 a.m., and the music begins at 10:30 a.m. Tickets to the all-ages concert range from $5 to $15.
Spirits in the saloon
On Wednesday, March 27, Zimbabwean singer/songwriter Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi plays his sad and beautiful songs at the Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall & Saloon (9800 Montgomery NE). Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits brings the music of Southern Africa to a mostly country-western bar crowned by a mechanical bull; talk about postmodern performance. ... Entry to this 21-and-over spectacle of sound and vision is $18 presale and $23 on day of show.
In the key of XX
The March installment of Thursday Night Girl Fight celebrates songs written by women. Bellemah, War Panties (Amy Clinkscales and Peri Pakroo), Carlos The Tall, Full Speed Veronica, Brogina South Carolina, Dallas, Lady Uranium and Bigawatt reinterpret female-penned tunes on Thursday, March 28 at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW). This she-tastic 21-and-over show kicks off at 9 p.m., and entry costs a measly five bucks.