ToDo ToDay: Paul Weller! Beyoncé!
"What’s made Paul Weller such a hero in England is his Englishness,” the dean of American rock critics, Bob Christgau, once wrote of Paul Weller when reviewing Snap, the last album by Weller’s first band, The Jam. There’s nothing novel about rockers of Weller’s generation—he's 55—continuing to record and tour. What is unusual is for punters to turn up to hear these long-lived artists' new songs. And in an intimate setting like the 9:30 Club, listeners will get to inhale Weller’s Englishness directly. Read more >>> Paul Weller performs with Matthew Ryan at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $45. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Chris Klimek)
Vinoteca mixologist Horus Alvarez hosts the wine bar's first ever cocktail-making class from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. Alvarez will give a history of cocktails in the city, before and after Prohibition, and cover cocktail-making basics as well as trends like barrel aging and infused spirits. The cost is $50, but class also includes four cocktails, light food, and a $5 gift card to Vinoteca. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com. Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW. (202) 332-9463. vinotecadc.com. (Ally Mutnick)
OH AND ALSO
Tonight at Wolf Trap, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents a world premiere commission by choreographer and recent Julliard grad Norbert De La Cruz III. 8:30 p.m. at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. $4–$40.
After Arena Stage drops the curtain on One Night With Janis Joplin tonight, hang out for the karaoke after-party. You don't need a ticket to belt out a couple alongside keyboardist Jill Parsons; the party is free. 9:30 p.m. at 1101 6th St. SW.
Post-punk duo Gauntlet Hair plays at the Black Cat Backstage with North Carolina alt-rocker Jackson Scott. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Get ready for mania outside Verizon Center tonight. Her highness Beyoncé brings "The Mrs. Carter Show" to D.C. and tickets are still available for those with deep pockets. 8 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $59.25–$280.85.
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