Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Michael Mayer! Pi Day!

UPDATE: Due to medical issues, Michael Mayer's performance at U Street Music Hall has been canceled. Huxley, Beautiful Swimmers, and Brian Billion will perform instead.

Michael Mayer has been embedded in Cologne’s electronic-music scene for the better part of 20 years, helping shape one of Germany’s most  influential record labels, Kompakt. Yet he hasn’t given as much thought to his own personal “brand;” he’s only got two solo albums to his credit, and if you asked him, he’d probably say he’s only released one. That’s because he considers last year’s Mantasy the first proper Michael Mayer album. It touches on slinky ambiance, pop, and quirky house—with a brief foray into brass—and finally throws a scrap of meat to the dance floor, but not until the very end. Like always, Michael Mayer makes it worth the wait. Read more>>> Michael Mayer DJs with Huxley and Brian Billion at 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10. Free before 11 p.m. for 21-plus. (202) 588-1880. ustreetmusichall.com. (Ally Schweitzer)

EAT THIS

If you're into math, Pi Day is worth celebrating—with food. District of Pi in Chinatown will have a pi-memorization contest at 6 p.m. The person who can spout off the most numbers will receive a $100 gift card. The restaurant will also have a special on large pizzas: buy one, get one (of equal or lesser value) for $3.14. Meanwhile, Dangerously Delicious Pies on H Street NE will have its yearly Pi Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. with slices for $3.14 (normally $7).  District of Pi, 910 F St. NW. (202) 393-5484. pi-dc.com. Dangerously Delicious Pies, 1339 H St. NE. (202) 398-7437. dangerouspiesdc.com. (May Wildman)

OH AND ALSO
Hyattsville-based choreographer Daniel Burkholder has spent the past two decades creating and performing new works throughout the region. His current projectThe Chemistry of Lime Trees, is a little more traditional than his other experimental pieces. Using narrative elements, including theater, text, and song, the piece tells two unrelated stories: The first is about a young Russian woman abandoned at Ellis Island, and the second features a real-life Romeo and Juliet during the Bosnian War. Read more>>> 8 p.m. at Meade Theater Lab, 916 G St. NW. $17-$20. (Amanda Abrams)

El Gran Combo, the renowned Puerto Rican salsa band, has been performing for over 50 years. Get up and dance to their greatest hits at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $55.

Legendary Irish musicians The Chieftains ring in St. Patrick's Day a little early. They perform with the NSO Pops throughout the weekend. 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20–$85.

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