The outlaw country songs of Kris Kristofferson take listeners back to an era when folk artists like Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Simon and Garfunkel expressed their political and emotional convictions through plaintive lyrics.While many might consider shutting down after five decades in the business, the 80-year-old Rhodes scholar, former Army captain, and author of classic songs like “Me and Bobby McGee”continues to work. Right now, he bridges the gap between Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson and modern day troubadours like Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson. Read more >>> Kris Kristofferson performs at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. $55–$65. (202) 783-4000. warnertheatredc.com. (Selma Khenissi)
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken debuted new flavors this week that will be available through the month of May. They include orange creamsicle pistachio ($3.10), apricot lavender ($2.95), Black Forest cake ($2.95), and fruity berry ($2.95). Treat yourself. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 1308 G St. NW. (202) 809-5565. astrodoughnuts.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Studio Theatre presents The Father, a drama about a man who loses touch with reality as he ages and the ways we understand life, with a lead performance by local favorite Ted van Griethuysen. 8 p.m. at 1501 14th St. NW. $20–$69.
Hip-hop artist Desiigner takes the stage at 9:30 Club with opening acts 16yrold, LyQuin, and Ciscero. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Local rockers Humble Fire celebrate the release of their new single, “Taliesin,” with a show at the Black Cat Backstage featuring sets from Sean Barna and Crushnpain. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
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