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If you hear the name “Lionel Richie” and the first thing you think about is Nicole Richie, and then, sadly, Paris Hilton, you need to go to Wolf Trap on Tuesday night. In the pantheon of acts that came out on Motown Records in the ’60s and ’70s, Richie is not the first name that comes to mind. But after winning five Grammys and selling 100 million albums, his seat at the R&B legends table is assured. Also, Richie hasn’t put out an album in a while, so there’s a good chance you’ll get a set or two of his greatest hits. We’re talking: “Hello,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” the weird gibberish interlude in “All Night Long.” Read more >>> Lionel Richie performs at 8 p.m. at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $45–$150. (703) 255-1900. wolftrap.org. (J.F. Meils)
Sushi Gakyu opens today for lunch and dinner near the White House. The new restaurant, from the same chef as Bethesda’s YUZU Japanese Dining, offers standard rolls like spicy tuna ($7) and salmon avocado ($8), as well as four kinds of chirashi sushi, sashimi assortments, and dishes from the kitchen like tofu dengaku (tofu topped with miso sauces for $6), spinach in dashi broth ($4), and miso soup with littleneck clams ($6). Sushi Gakyu, 1420 New York Ave. NW. (202) 849-3686. gakyudc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha, a self-described “ethnic chaos” band that combines elements of funk and soul into its live act, perform at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $30.
Students from Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting present their summer repertory season at the company’s rehearsal hall on Barracks Row, beginning with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 7:30 p.m. at 507 8th St. SE. $15.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Library of Congress celebrate different aspects of American music with their HomeGrown series and welcome Cajun ensemble Beau Soleil tonight at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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