You’re not likely to hear Kanye West sung by musical theater performers during their cabaret acts. Then again, Signature Theatre’s Sizzlin’ Summer is no ordinary cabaret series. Every year, local performers are invited to craft their own shows around a specific theme, and Kevin McAllister has chosen to focus on the songs he never gets to sing. He’s selected music from artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell and Gloria Estefan and crafted a humorous narrative about missed opportunities and making bad choices that joins each song together. Read more >>> Kevin McAllister performs at 8 p.m. at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $35. (703) 820-9771. (Caroline Jones)


Baan Thai’s summer specials include a fiery pork belly curry with sweet potato leaves that’s worth savoring ($16). After you finish off the dish, cool your palate with the Logan Circle restaurant’s signature dessert: creamy coconut milk griddle snacks ($6). Baan Thai, 1326 14th St. NW. (202) 588-5889. (Laura Hayes)


Paul Butler, a professor at Georgetown Law School and legal analyst for MSNBC, discusses his new book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men, with Kojo Nnamdi at Busboys and Poets 14th & V. 6:30 p.m. at 2021 14th St. NW. Free.

Local rock band The Meer performs at DC9 with fellow locals Glen Echo and Rail City. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.

If your night seems boring, head to Songbyrd for Yacht Rock Wednesday, where the drinks are flowing and DJs play “smooth sounds for rough seas.” 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. Free.

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