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The New York Times has said of author Dave Eggers: “it’s narrative nonfiction that is his natural home.” Indeed, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius or What Is the What might stick to your ribs better than The Circle, even though that novel was made into a (poorly-received) Tom Hanks and Emma Watson film last year. Eggers’ latest work of nonfiction, The Monk of Mokha, tells the true story of a Yemeni-American man, Mokhtar Alkhanshali, who was living in San Francisco and working as a doorman in a tiny apartment lobby when he was inspired into purpose: becoming a “master of coffee” in Yemen, inspiring farmers to, essentially, do coffee better and put Yemeni beans and brews on the map. The book is part thriller, part tale of sweeping entrepreneurial American Dream-esque hope, and also just an awesome thing to read after our president singled out Yeminis during his Muslim ban. Raise a cup of coffee to that. Read more>>> Dave Eggers speaks at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $38. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Mikala Jamison)
Craving a pizza that goes above and beyond traditional flavor combinations? Little Coco’s has the Rolls-Royce of pies. The “Capital City” is decadently topped with artichokes, shiitake mushrooms, truffle, prosciutto, and duck egg ($17). If you’re with a crowd, you and your group can get any two pizzas and a pitcher of beer for $44. You could also pair the pizza with one of Little Coco’s amaro-based cocktails like the “Cin Cyn” with Cynar, Ford’s Gin, Contratto Rosso, and orange bitters ($10). Little Coco’s, 3907 14th St. NW. (202) 853-9889. littlecocos.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
R&B singer Melanie Fiona performs at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $30–$59.99.
Washington Performing Arts presents Alexandre Tharaud, a pianist known for his interpretations of Baroque music, at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $60.
Union Stage hosts a Mardi Gras party with rock group Cris Jacobs Band and funk jam band Magnolia Blue. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$25.
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