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Where & When: This Week in Washington Nightlife

Indie rockers, designer labels, and desserts that are too good to be real this week

Monday, September 13
Everyone’s favorite Canadian indie group, Broken Social Scene, stops by Warner Theatre tonight to drop tracks from its latest album, Forgiveness Rock Record. Jog your memory with the song “Cause = Time” time, then jump on those tickets ($29.50)—there are still a few left! $8 PM.

Tuesday, September 14
If you weren’t able to score tickets to the sold-out Of Montreal show at the 9:30 Club tonight, don’t fret: Just around the corner at DC9, the South African pop-rockers the Parlotones are playing at 9 PM. Does the name ring a bell? You might remember the Johannesburg-based group from its performance alongside the Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, and John Legend at the World Cup-opening concert. Tickets are $12. 8:30.

Wednesday, September 15
Premiering tonight is The Great Game: Afghanistan at Sidney Harman Hall. The performance, a thrill-filled three-part work from London’s Tricycle Theatre Company, explores the culture of and foreign involvement in Afghanistan from 1842 to the present day. See the first part tonight, or wait until Saturday to book tickets to all three. Don’t worry, this isn’t like Lord of the Rings—the plays don’t need to be seen in chronological order. 7:30. Tickets ($50 each) are available here.

Who doesn’t love free dessert? In honor of the premiere of Top Chef: Just Desserts, the online reservation system OpenTable is partnering with more than 75 Washington restaurants to give you free sweets. Simply book your table with, and the end of your meal is on the house! Mmm, we can already taste Againn’s banoffee pie. Click here for a complete list of participating restaurants.

Thursday, September 16
Forgive our bad influence. We should probably stop advising you to buy scalped tickets, but these past two weeks have been jam-packed with great concerts—who are we to deny you the opportunity to get in on the action? The sickeningly sweet couple Jenny & Johnny (that’s Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley fame and Jonathan Rice) are playing an already sold-out show at the Black Cat at 8. We won’t even bother telling you the price, because you know you’ll be paying more. But trust us—it’s worth it.

Tickets are still available for this season’s District Sample Sale. Put on by a bevy of great ladies for a wonderful cause, this event features food, cocktails, and, you guessed it, sample-sale prices (read: big fat discounts) on goodies from boutiques such as Urban Chic, Fornash, and Ginger. Because we’re always in the mood to score a great deal on designer merchandise, this has been a favorite event of The Washingtonian’s for years now. VIP tickets sold out ages ago, but there’s still time to snag general admission. Cady's Alley; 6:30 to 9:30.

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.