MUSIC: Psychedelic folk band These United States are playing at Sneaky Dee’s tonight. Coincidentally, today is also the release date of their sophomore LP, Crimes. No strangers to the Ist-a-Verse, These United States actually wrote a few tour blog entries for DCist a year ago. Also playing at Dee’s this evening are Entire Cities and Dickie Haydon. Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), 9 p.m., $5.
BENEFIT: The Arts for AIDS Orphans benefit, an auction-style gala featuring paintings and photographs from some big international names, is happening tonight at the Drake Hotel. Annie Leibovitz, Nick Brandt, and Robert Batemen are just a few of the artists who have donated their work for this cause. All net proceeds from the auction will go to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, which provides support for disadvantaged South African youth. The ticketed portion of the night starts at 6 p.m., with the auction happening around 7 p.m. or so. Following the auction, the doors will open free to the public for a performance from The Eddie Bullen Band and a DJ set from Prodigy Entertainment. The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 6 p.m. ($75), 8:30 p.m. (FREE).
WORDS: Author Edeet Ravel will be speaking this evening at the Gladstone Hotel with Cynthia Good, the director of the Creative Book Publishing program at Humber College. Ravel’s new novel, Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth, explores the question: “To what extent does our past determine our future?” The event is part of Pages’ This Is Not A Reading Series. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
Photo of These United States from their website.