Over the summer, Lana Del Rey confessed to NME magazine that she had, in fact, implored her Twitter followers to pick up ingredients and perform witchcraft to get rid of Donald Trump. “Yeah, I did it. Why not? Look, I do a lot of shit,” she offered as explanation. With her constant reincarnations and endless streams of inspiration to pull from, Lana Del Rey is adept at throwing a lot of stuff together and ending up with a decent pastiche. Nostalgic Americana has always factored heavily into her work, but these days, she’s more inspired by the tumult of our current moment than biker chicks and Old Hollywood. Without getting too topical, her latest album Lust for Life reflected some of the melancholy that America’s political landscape currently presents, but also offered a new message for the songwriter: one of hope. She’s gone full Woodstock, adopting a flower child character, a folk rock sound, and a gentle rebuke of war and hatred. Lana’s still Lana, though. Who knows what kind of witchy shit she might try to pull when she’s in town and performing less than a mile from the White House? Read more>>> Lana Del Rey performs at 8 p.m. at Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW. $39.50–$125. (202) 628-3200. capitalonearena.monumentalsportsnetwork.com. (Stephanie Rudig)
Greeks are taking over Alta Strada Saturday night. Chef Dimitri Moshovitis from Cava Mezze and CAVA and Chef Brendan Pelley of Boston’s Doretta Taverna will be in the kitchen whipping up a four-course, family-style meal with dishes like lamb shoulder tartare with harissa, turmeric tahini, quail egg, micro dill, and crispy potatoes. Dinner lasts from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and costs $42 for food and $78 with beverage pairings, with gratuity included. Tickets are available here. Alta Strada, 465 K St. NW. (202) 629-4662. altastradarestaurant.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Soul fusion legend Roy Ayers performs at Blues Alley. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $50–$55.
Author Atia Abawi discusses her new book, A Land of Permanent Goodbyes, about a Syrian child whose family is killed in a bombing and must leave home to survive, at Politics and Prose. 8 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Electronic musician Dan Deacon performs at MilkBoy ArtHouse. 9 p.m. at 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park. $20.
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