Think of Brazilian music and you might hear melodies that drift along like a breeze across the beaches of Rio or rhythms just right for Friday nights in the clubs of Lapa. New York-based Brazilian guitarist, composer, bandleader, and friend of the D.C. jazz scene Flavio Silva inverts the formula slightly, crafting propulsive compositions that bridge the gaps between ’70s fusion, Art Blakey, and Antônio Jobim. At the Kennedy Center, Silva will be joined by two of D.C.’s finest jazz artists: second generation percussive shaman Kush Abadey and the shrewd tenor sax player Elijah Jamal Balbed. Read more >>> Flavio Silva performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.(Jackson Sinnenberg)
Shake Shack is launching new barbecue-inspired dishes today including BBQ bacon cheese fries with Niman Ranch bacon, Shack BBQ sauce, and cheese ($4.95). You can also get a BBQ ShackMeister Burger featuring a cheeseburger topped with ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and Shack BBQ Sauce ($6.39 for a single). Try them at all local Shake Shack locations, except the ones at airports and stadiums. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House for its annual engagement, where audiences will see Ailey classics like Revelations and a new piece by acclaimed choreographer Kyle Abraham. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $39–$125.
Author Reed Karaim reads from his new novel, The Winter in Anna, about the life of a college dropout in a small North Dakota town, at Kramerbooks. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
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