Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Diane Birch, Pree, and Wild Photos

birchSinger-songwriter Diane Birch is an old soul. Her promotional materials compare her to Laura Nyro and Karen Carpenter, and a quick YouTube search yields clips of her crooning Hall & Oates’ “Life’s Too Short” with Daryl Hall himself. But as much as she seems tied to the past, her solo work, with its elements of folk, gospel, and pop, sounds refreshingly new and devoid of the overly produced elements and shallow lyrics that plague other contemporary vocalists. Read more >>> Diane Birch performs with Crash and Margot MacDonald at 8:30 p.m. at Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. $9.50–$15. (202) 333-7700. gypsysallys.com. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

Mothership in Park View continues to offer an expanded version of its regular three-course tasting menu for only $20 through the end of September. The “Lazy Days” menu includes a starter, entree, and dessert. Among the appetizers: steamed buns, mini oxtail and bone marrow patties, or grilled chicken wings. Entrees range from a banh mi to Cuban pizza to slow-cooked wild boar spaetzle. End the meal with warm sticky toffee pudding or watermelon-basil shaved ice. Mothership, 3301 Georgia Ave. NW. (202) 629-3034. mothershipdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Area folk rockers Pree celebrate the release of their new album, Rima, with a show at the Black Cat Backstage featuring Adron and Lies About. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

In the mood for some energetic zydeco tunes? Head to the Kennedy Center for a performance by New Orleans' Dixie Power Trio. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

The National Museum of Natural History celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wildnerness Act with a juried photography exhibition featuring works that capture America at its weirdest and wildest. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.

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