Where & When: What to Do Tonight

Beat poets, open bars, and Dixieland twists on offer tonight

Busboys and Poets at Fifth and K streets, Northwest,, and Split This Rock are celebrating the exhibit “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg”—on view through September 16 at the National Gallery of Art—with poetry and music. Tonight, renowned poet Anne Waldman is performing Ginsberg’s legendary poem “Howl.” It’s accompanied by a string quartet, which includes local musician Matthew Hemerlein. 8 PM. Purchase tickets ($10) here.

The Rock & Roll Hotel is hosting its first annual Summer’s Eve Party. Musical entertainment includes a Yes Giantess DJ set, Audio Ammo, and DJ Chris Burns. Enter a raffle for a chance to win a pair of tickets to every Rock & Roll Hotel event for the rest of the year. $15 general admission, $25 with open bar from 6 to 11, and $50 for open bar until 3 AM.

Gaithersburg’s Rio Center continues its Summer Concert Series with the local band Dixie Power Trio. The Fredericksburg group reinterprets rock through a Dixieland prism—via tuba, cornet, and banjo. The group’s most popular tune? A reinterpretation of “Stairway to Heaven.” 6 to 9. Free.

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