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Author George Saunders’ short story collections and nonfiction essays are met with near-universal acclaim, and fans are eagerly anticipating his debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo. Set in D.C. in the early days of the Civil War, the story follows President Lincoln as he struggles to cope with his young son’s sudden death and encounters ghosts and other supernatural creatures in the Georgetown cemetery where the boy is buried. When Saunders comes to town to discuss the book, local readers get an extra treat: The author has recruited a cast of D.C. actors to join him in reading from the book to give it a little extra life. Read more >>> George Saunders reads at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. $28–$40. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Caroline Jones)


Hank’s Cocktail Bar in Petworth is hosting a pop-up today for its forthcoming neighbor Taqueria del Barrio. Stop by from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to try tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and cocktails. The Mexican restaurant is scheduled to open in March, and tonight’s pop-up benefits a good cause: 20 percent of profits will go to Casa Ruby and CARECEN Latino Resource and Justice Center. Hank’s Cocktail Bar, 819 Upshur St. NW. (202) 290-1808. hankscocktailbar.com. (Laura Hayes)


Jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker performs an intimate show at The Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $39.50.

Playwright Tom Minter presents a production of Blues for a Royal Flush, his play about Duke Ellington‘s creative struggles in the late 1960s, at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Funk artist Kendra Foster plays two shows at Georgetown’s Blues Alley. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $25.

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