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ToDo ToDay: Nordic Jazz! Folklife Festival Begins!

The annual Nordic Jazz Festival takes great pains to give audiences as complete and detailed a panorama as possible of what’s happening in Scandinavian jazz. Of course, one would have to see all eight nights’ worth of concerts to get that complete, detailed panorama, but there’s a good Cliff’s Notes version to be had at the House of Sweden. The highly rhythmic Danish pianist Soren Moller; the Swedish, Billie Holiday-influenced singer-songwriter Lina Nyberg (shown); the idiosyncratic Icelandic Latin-jazz bassist/composer Tómas R. Einarsson; and melodic but reserved Norwegian pianist Maren Selvaag all perform. Read more >>> The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at the House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. $30. The festival runs from June 20-29. (202) 467-2600. (Michael J. West)


Teddy & The Bully Bar is open at 19th and M streets NW, which means you can now eat Theodore Roosevelt-inspired food and barrel-aged cocktails. Chef Michael Hartzer's menu includes nods to Roosevelt's eating preferences and places where the 26th president lived. His time as New York police commissioner translates to turn-of-the-century New York dishes like lobster "Wenberg" style, and his fondness for hunting translates to grilled and fire-roasted dishes, including wild game. Even the barrel-aged cocktails pay homage to Roosevelt with names like The Rough Rider, The Conservationist, and The Trust Buster. Read more and check out the menus hereTeddy & The Bully Bar, 1200 19th St. NW. (202) 872-9200. (Jessica Sidman)


The Smithsonian Folklife Festival begins today. This year's festival celebrates Hungary, endangered languages, and African American style and identity. Stop by throughout the day to catch a glimpse of Hungarian song and dance, learn a little Welsh or Yiddish, or gaze at some fetching church hats. All day on the National Mall. Free. View today's schedule on the Folklife Festival's website.

French electro-jazz group Caravan Palace performs at the 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.

Rootsy indie rockers Ha Ha Tonka play at DC9 along with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Ezra Furman. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $15.

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