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ToDo ToDay: Sal Principato! Michelle Rhee! Vegetarian Dining!

Think you've never heard Liquid Liquid? Chances are, you have. The New York post-punk band recorded "Cavern," the funky track whose elements were later used—without permission—in The Furious Five's "White Lines (Don't Do It)." But to fans of New York's 1970s-'80s downtown music scene, Liquid Liquid represents more than that; the band was part of a wave of experimental dance music that went on to influence a generation of post-post-punk artists like !!!. Tonight at Tropicalia, D.C.'s Future Times Records is bringing in Liquid Liquid's leader, Sal Principato, to DJ a set of Afro-Latin jams and funky disco at the subterranean club (listen to this mix to get a sense of what he does best). Sal P. doesn't get down here too often, so chances are you won't hear anything like this for a while. 9 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $5. Doors at 7 p.m. (Ally Schweitzer)

EAT THIS

As Meat-Free Week continues on the heels of Meat Week, Y&H went searching for great vegetarian fare at meaty restaurants. Turns out there are plenty of places known for their barbecue and butchery that serve nonmeat options beyond skimpy salads and starchy sides. Red Apron Butchery in Union Market serves a grilled cheese with smoked mushrooms and shallots, Kangaroo Boxing Club has a hearty quinoa dish with vegan barbecue sauce, and Estadio's vegetable dishes rival the meat ones. Check out the full roundup here. (May Wildman)

OH AND ALSO

Around this time last year, Canadian alt-country artist Kathleen Edwards' then-boyfriend Justin Vernon (better known to most as Bon Iver) sang her praises when he accepted the Grammy for best new artist. And then, nine months later: indie-rock splitsville. If there's a silver lining, it's that we already know Edwards can make a great breakup albums. 2012's Voyageur documented her divorce from guitarist Colin Cripps. It wasn't so much about broken hearts as it was about bad decisions, lamented in ballads like "Pink Champagne" and "House Full of Empty Rooms." These songs, plus maybe new ones written over maple whiskey, are sure to be on the setlist tonight when Edwards performs at the Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

Former DCPS chancellor Michelle Rhee discusses her new book, Radical: Fighting to Put Students First, with Richard Whitmire, author of The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation's Worst School District. 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $12–$28.

Daniel Hernandez, the intern who helped save the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, reads from his book, They Call Me a Hero, tonight at the Silver Spring Library. 7 p.m. at Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Free.

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