Things to Do

Things To Do in DC This Week May 31-June 1: Chris Cohen Brings His Mellow Indie Pop Sound to Songbyrd

Chris Cohen has worked with Ariel Pink and Deerhoof, but his solo stuff, which you can hear live at Songbyrd on Wednesday, is where it's at. Photo by Kate Dollenmayer.


MUSIC: French indie electro group Christine and the Queens—whose song “iT” was featured on an episode of Girls—play 9:30 Club on Tuesday. The band is led by singer/songwriter Héloïse Letissier, who has a penchant for crafting catchy beats and earnest, off-kilter lyrics. $25, 7 PM.



PODCAST: Local media personalities Sarah Fraser and Samy K are taping their podcast Hey Frase at DC Improv, and you can join in on the fun as an audience member. Enjoy a hilarious rundown of the latest in pop culture as the two are joined by Omarosa (yes, the one from Season 1 of The Apprentice) and fashionista Paul Wharton. $20, 6:30 PM.

DISCUSSION: Cass Sunstein gives your Star Wars nerdom some real-life perspective in his book The World According to Star Wars, which he discusses at Sixth and I. The book explores all the ways we can take the plot and symbolism in George Lucas’s blockbuster epic and look at them through the lenses of history, politics, law, economics, religion, feminism, terrorism, and more. $15-$30, 7 PM.

THEATER: Mosaic Theater Company presents When January Feels Like Summer at the Atlas Center for Performing Arts. This offbeat-romantic-comedy follows two immigrants, two teens in dead-end jobs, and a sanitation worker around New York City, with their lives intersecting in unimaginable ways. You can catch the off-broadway hit until June 12. $30-$60, 8 PM.

MUSIC: Indie pop artist Chris Cohen has collaborated with higher-profile acts like Ariel Pink, Deerhoof, and Cass McCombs, but his 2012 solo album Overgrown Path is a must-listen—a mellow masterpiece that invokes everything from ’70s psych rock to Harry Nilsson. See him at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe with Johnny Fantastic and Fellow Creatures on Wednesday and hear him play songs from his new record As If Apart.