Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Hailu Mergia, Sharon Jones, and $1 Oysters


In 1985, Hailu Mergia released a spacey solo album, Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument, which reinterpreted traditional Ethiopian accordion music. The album never took off in the States, and Mergia settled into a career as a cab driver in the D.C. area. Nearly three decades later, Brian Shimkovitz of the Awesome Tapes from Africa record label came across Mergia’s cassette and was so impressed, he reissued it. Mergia has since toured Europe and been reviewed in the New York Times—not bad for a musician who, until 2013, hadn't played a show in 20 years. Read more >>> Hailu Mergia performs with Low Mentality at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. (Steve Kiviat)


Rappahannock Oyster Bar at Union Market has extended its hours and kicked off a new menu. To celebrate, the restaurant is hosting a month-long happy hour that includes $1 oysters and $4 beer and wine from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays. While you’re at it, check out dishes such as Baracat oyster chowder with Benton’s bacon, a dozen steamed Olde Salt clams with sake broth and roasted chilies, and lambs and clams with merguez, sofrito, pigeon peas, and aioli. Rappahannock Oyster Bar. 1309 5th St. NE. (202) 544-4702. (Raphaella Baek)


Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings bring their rousing soul tunes to the Lincoln Theatre. 7 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $40.

Canadian industrial titans Skinny Puppy plays the Fillmore with Army of the Universe and Technophobia. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $27.50.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first U.S. concert, Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli discusses the band's legacy with biographer Mark Lewisohn at the National Museum of American History. 6:45 p.m at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $20–$25.

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