Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Los Texmaniacs! Ambar Opens!

While most people might associate “dance music” with throbbing electronic beats, for others it brings to mind acts like San Antonio conjunto band Los Texmaniacs, whose bouncy rhythms have been making couples twirl on roadhouse floors for 16 years. Started in 1997 by onetime Texas Tornados member Max Baca, this South Texas unit is known for its Tex-Mex polkas. Its new album sounds traditional, but thankfully, it’s not stodgy. Read more>>> Los Texmaniacs perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $17. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com. (Steve Kiviat)

EAT THIS

D.C. gets its first modern Balkan restaurant with the opening of Ambar today. The Barracks row spot comes from Serbia native Ivan Iricanin, who's also a partner in Masa 14 and El Centro D.F. Instead of the heavy dishes that tend to dominate Balkan cuisine, Ambar is going for lighter, small-plate fare. Look for dishes like smoked bacon-wrapped grilled stuffed prunes with goat cheese and homemade cheese pie on tzaziki salad with prosciutto and arugula. Prices will range from $5 to $15. Ambar will also serve over 30 varieties of Rakia, a fermented fruit liqueur that comes in flavors like cherry, walnut, plum, and grape. Many of the cocktails will be made from Rakia. There will also be about 40 wines from Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, and throughout the Balkan region. Ambar, 523 8th St. SE. (202) 813-3039. ambarrestaurant.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Short-story author (and recent New York Times Magazine cover starGeorge Saunders discusses and signs copies of his latest collection, Tenth of December, tonight at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose,  5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

British soul songstress Emeli Sandé will bring her show to the Howard Theatre, alongside opening act Emily King. 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $16–$18.

The Washington Savoyards present the D.C. area premiere of Delilah, ArtCentrics' new musical. Tickets are still available on Atlas' website. 7:30 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $20.

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