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The stories of Edgar Allen Poe are creepy enough when you’re reading them on the page and creepier still when they’re read out loud with vocal affectation. Poe’s works traditionally lack illustration, leaving it up to the individual to conjure unique grotesque images in their minds, until now. Acclaimed artist Gareth Hinds’ latest project is a graphic adaptation of the Baltimore poet’s best work. And while he lacks the general insanity that’s become synonymous with Poe, Hinds will probably succeed in spooking the readers who come see him discuss his work at the Takoma Park Library. When stories are told (and drawn) from the perspective of deranged murderers, how could you not be? Read more >>> Gareth Hinds reads at 7:30 p.m. at the Takoma Park Library, 101 Philadelphia Ave., Takoma Park. Free. (301) 891-7259. takomapark.info/library. (Caroline Jones)
If you’re looking for a treat-yourself lunch, Rakuya in Dupont Circle has a fun and filling lunch featuring a giant bowl of bara chirashi (sushi over rice), a bowl of udon soup, a few pieces of tempura, and a green salad for $19. Another option is a salmon teriyaki lunch set with shrimp tempura, salmon escabeche, marinated eggplant, a savory egg custard, potato salad, and chuka seaweed for $17. Lunch is served weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Rakuya,1900 Q St. NW. (202) 265-7258. rakuyarestaurant.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
The Black Cat hosts a triple bill of moody indie rock tonight, with sets from Foster Carrots, Secret Nudist Friends, and Aerial View. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Power punk quartet Rozwell Kid performs at Songbyrd Music House with Chris Farren and Great Grandpa. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $12–$14.
Energetic Zimbabwean funk group Mokoombaaims to get audiences dancing when its members perform at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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