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Malian musician Ballaké Sissoko, who plays the harp-like, 23-string kora, and French cellist Vincent Segal have released two albums’ worth of elegant duets that include just enough grit to keep their compositions from turning into new age, ambient Muzak. Although Sissoko has played with artists from around the globe and Segal works with the trip-hop group Bumcello, the focus here is not on a contrived world music mesh but on largely instrumental traditional West African sounds that subtly incorporate aspects of classical and jazz. Read more >>> Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal perform at 8 p.m. at The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$27. (703) 255-1900. wolftrap.org. (Steve Kiviat)
The Partisan is luring the most serious of meat eaters with its newly revamped Pig Feast menu. The five-course, family-style menu no longer features a whole pig’s head, but there’s tongue ham and pimento grilled cheese, bacon-cured spare ribs, and crispy pork belly with Benne rice. The feast requires a minimum of two diners and costs $50 per person before drinks, tax, and tip. The Partisan, 709 D St. NW. (202) 524-5322. thepartisandc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
See new wave legends The English Beat perform their greatest hits, including “Sooner Or Later,” at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Author Tom McAllister, nonfiction editor of local lit mag Barrelhouse, reads from his first novel The Young Widower’s Handbook at Kramerbooks. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
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