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ToDo ToDay: The Waterboys, Billy Collins, and Wild Belle

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When W.B. Yeats won the Nobel Prize in 1923, the committee described his poetry as a “highly artistic form [that] gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” Scottish-born Dublin resident Mike Scott has aimed for that same sort of artistry in the music he’s made since the 1983 self-titled debut by his band, The Waterboys. The Waterboys’ new album, An Appointment With Mr. Yeats, taps into one of the main sources for Scott’s widescreen vision, using the Nobel winner’s poems as lyrics for another collection of Celtic-infused rock and sea-shanty folk. Read more >>> The Waterboys perform with Freddie Stevenson at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Christopher Porter)

EAT THIS

While José Andrés' new line of Spanish food products was supposed to officially debut in Whole Foods last week, many of the stores have been slow to actually stock the stuff on their shelves. But as they do, here's an incentive to pick up some Andrés-stamped sherry vinegar and sardines: free tapas at Jaleo. All three D.C.-area locations will give diners a complimentary tapa when they present a Whole Foods receipt to the server at the beginning of the meal. The fine print: You must purchase one tapa of equal or greater value to get the free food. The limit is one free tapa per person per visit. The offer expires Nov. 30. Jaleo, Bethesda, Penn Quarter, and Crystal City locations, jaleo.com(Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

It's a big night for big authors in D.C. Tom Perrotta and Maria Semple discuss their use of humor in literary fiction with NPR's Linda Holmes at the Folger Shakespeare Library. 7:30 p.m. at 201 E. Capitol St. SE. $15. Billy Collins, former poet laureate and acclaimed speaker, reads from his new collection, Aimless Love, at Sidwell Friends School. 7 p.m. at 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $25–$35.

Japanese rock trio Ultra Bidé performs with Wet Brain at the Black Cat Backstage. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.

Disco-inflected soul group Wild Belle plays U Street Music Hall with Saint Rich. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.

Tonight, the coolest booker in D.C., Jim Thomson, spins weird records at Café Saint Ex. 7 p.m. at 1847 14th St. NW. Free.

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