Thursday at 9 p.m. Yet another group mines '70s metal, though these guys do so with enough flair and personality to distinguish themselves. Sounding at times more like '80s hair metal than the heavy stoner metal of the earlier decade, Priestess nevertheless ensures an entertaining show. With Wooly Mammoth. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. 202-667-7960.
MISSION OF BURMA -- Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Despite recording only a handful of EPs and one full-length during its brief existence in the late '70s and early '80s, Mission of Burma became one of the most important influences on the post-punk movement. The group reformed in 2002 for a number of shows, but no one could have expected the quality of 2004's "Onoffon," the band's first album in more than two decades. This year's "The Obliterati" proves that long after its influential salad days, Mission of Burma remains a vital songwriting force. With Antelope. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. 202-667-7960.
LAWRENCE OTIS GRAHAM -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 7 p.m. The best-selling author signs "The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America's First Black Dynasty." The book explores the life of Blanche Kelso Bruce and his wife, Josephine Willson, a society couple in 1880s Washington. Tuesday: Karibu Books, The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington, 703- 415-1118; Wednesday: Olsson's, 1307 19th St. NW, 202-785-1133. Both free.
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