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After Hours Items: The Best Links of the Week

Every Friday afternoon, we here at After Hours round up the best local links for entertainment and nightlife coverage from this week.

Can it be true? Is DC becoming a fashionable city, full of glamour and beauty? That’s what the Politico offers up this week, saying that “many Washingtonians say that DC’s ‘Hollywood for Ugly People’ mantra is outdated.”

You may not realize it, but in the ’80s, DC was a mecca for underground punk. Radar Online grills Henry Rollins about his part in the scene and gets him to give a photo tour and commentary on what DC was like during that period.

DCist’s got the details on a couple of great upcoming shows—the Virgin Festival up in Baltimore, which, according to reports, will feature the reunited Police, Smashing Pumpkins, and an appearance by the Beastie Boys. That’s a whole lotta reuniting.

The Rockist Society says get thee out to the Rock N Roll Hotel this Friday for a night of pure power pop that’s “catchy as hell” with a show by The Broken West. LISTEN: “Big City

Ballston is starting up a great arts-and-crafts fair, and here’s the blog to prove it.

On the lookout for good local music? Check out the Six Points Music Festival coming up in April. The lineup is a good one. I’m most looking forward to the April 20 Iota show with Middle Distance Runner and These United States, and the April 14 concert at the RnR Lounge (not to be confused with the Rock N Roll Hotel) with Gist, The Alphabetical Order, Lemonface, and The Sentiment.