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Gloria Estefan is a pop culture icon, especially for children of the 1990s, who spent countless hours dancing to her songs at elementary school parties. She taught us about resiliency when she returned to the stage after breaking her back in a 1990 bus accident, was there at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics singing “Reach” with the Morehouse College Glee Club, and closed out the decade dueting with *NSYNC on the soundtrack to the 1999 Meryl Streep classic Music of the Heart. Decades later, her work still inspires creators—her song “Get On Your Feet” accompanies one of history’s greatest physical comedy moments during the fourth season of Parks and Recreation. On Your Feet! is also the title of the biographical musical about Estefan and her husband Emilio that is now playing at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Jukebox musicals might seem passé, but when the songs are this good and the costumes are this flashy, they’re worth embracing. After surviving late December’s sub-zero temperatures, you owe it to yourself to spend a couple hours in this imagined version of Miami. Read more>>> The musical runs Jan. 9 to Jan. 28 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $59–$149. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Caroline Jones)
Splurge on something to warm you up from the inside by ordering the kaiseki menu at Michelin-starred restaurant Sushi Taro. Each winter the main course of the tasting menu features a traditional Japanese dish called sukiyaki. You swoosh thin slices of rare Kobe beef through a bubbling pot of sweet soy broth flavored with mushrooms and onions. After the beef is sufficiently cooked, you dip it in raw egg before eating it. Once the beef is gone, noodles are added to the pot to soak up the now rich broth. The kaiseki menu costs $90 per person and includes several appetizer courses, a sashimi course, three sushi courses, dessert, and more. Sushi Taro, 1503 17th St. NW, (202) 462-8999, sushitaro.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Iconic aughts rock band The Killers performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $80.25–$200.
The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage hosts The Latvian Radio Big Band delivering a one-night-only performance of the best Latvian jazz throughout the decades. 6 p.m at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Co-authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen come to Politics and Prose to chat about their new book, The Wife Between Us, a fast-paced thriller about a marriage, a friendship, and an obsession. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
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