- - Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pick of the Pack

Concert: Afrojack

The death of Chuck Brown is a reminder that the District is still struggling to create a music genre that people outside the area will listen to. Go-go, for all its merits and sampling, will never be Motown. But there is hope for moombahton, the electronic-reggaeton fusion, which was born right here in D.C. And moombahton got its biggest boost from Afrojack, aka Dutch DJ Nick van de Wall. Though you may not know his name, you definitely have heard his music. Afrojack has produced tracks for everyone from David Guetta to Pitbull to Beyonce, and his song “Take Over Control” was probably 2010’s biggest electronica hit on FM airwaves. As with most DJs, the allure of seeing Afrojack live really is the crowd and the atmosphere, as not a lot happens onstage. That’s why the Fillmore - a space that’s big, but not huge - is the perfect venue in which to see him.

Friday at Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md.

Phone: 301/960-9999

Justin Halpern's new book came about when he told his father that he wanted to propose to his girlfriend. He'll talk about it Wednesday at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in the District.
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Web: www.fillmoresilverspring.com/index

Author talk: Justin Halpern

Justin Halpern is a model for getting rich without hardly trying. His Twitter feed, “Sh*t my dad says,” became so popular that CBS optioned it for TV and cast William Shatner as Mr. Halpern’s gruff, foul-mouthed pater familias. While the show flopped - sanitizing Mr. Halpern’s dad killed the jokes - Mr. Halpern hasn’t stopped mining his father for cashable comments. The premise of “I Suck at Girls,” Mr. Halpern’s new book, came about when he told his father that he wanted to propose to his girlfriend. Dad’s reaction was characteristically crude, but also wise: He told his son to spend some time thinking about his past relationships with women. This leads Mr. Halpern to muse at length about childhood girlfriends and his, uh, coming of age thanks to a job at Hooters.

Wednesday at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW

Phone: 202/408-3100

Web: www.sixthandi.org

Film: ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’

AFI’s Jack Nicholson retrospective is nearing its close, which means you have just a few more chances to see one of America’s best actors on the big screen. Younger filmgoers know Mr. Nicholson as a paunchy grouch - the neurotic novelist in “As Good as It Gets” and the miserable insurance salesman in “About Schmidt” - but “The Postman Always Rings Twice” is a reminder that he once was a Ryan Gosling-level Hollywood hunk, capable of steaming up the screen. The 1981 remake of the 1946 classic (itself based on a novel) is a sultry film noir in which Mr. Nicholson plays a young drifter-turned-restaurant-employee who willingly becomes the plaything of a bored older woman. Not for the faint of heart, but a must-see for any movie buff.

Monday through Thursday at AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md.

Phone: 301/495-6700

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