Since 2013 when Kelela dropped her first mixtape, Cut 4 Me, critics and fans alike have attempted to define her vibe. Future R&B? Industrial pop? Sensual electronic dance music? Kelela offered a better definition in a recent interview with Vulture, in which she asserted that her music is a place “primarily for black girls to get their life, but everyone else can come to the party too.” As an Ethiopian-American woman occupying a historically white space in electronic music—and in America as a black woman—her sound is inherently nebulous and complex. And it’s through her music that she can really unpack the intersectionality of her sound and personal politics. Take Me Apart, her debut album six years in the making, isn’t overtly political, but a radical act nonetheless. She thrusts vulnerability, tenderness, and sexuality in the face of institutional hostility. On Take Me Apart, Kelela reflects on her own experiences with heartache, hookups, and new love as a way to provide the roadmap for women—especially black women—to finally fall in love with themselves. Read more>>> Kelela performs with Lafawndah at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $25. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Casey Embert)
Chef Colin McClimans of Equinox is now consulting on the menu at Slipstream. The coffee shop by day, bar by night has rolled out new breakfast and dinner menus in Navy Yard, and the Logan Circle location should get the new menus in a couple of weeks. Highlights include curried butternut squash soup with spiced pumpkin seeds and nutmeg cream ($7); Shakshuka with poached eggs, tomato sauce, curried cashews, and rice ($14); and roasted fall vegetables with fried rice, preserved lemon, and cilantro salsa verde ($10). Slipstream, 82 I St. SE, (202) 560-5095, slipstreamdc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
The Martian author Andy Weir chats about his latest book, Artemis, a science fiction adventure about the first city on the moon, at Sidwell Friends Meeting House. 7 p.m. at 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $12.
After Kelela‘s performance at U Street Music Hall, stay for the late show with Ekali, a Canadian instrumentalist and producer. 10:30 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
The woman, the myth, and the musical legend Janet Jackson brings her State of the World Tour to the Capital One Arena. 8 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $80–$150.
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