San-Francisco based composer and DJ Mason Bates—the first-ever Kennedy Center “composer-in-residence”—crafts pieces that span the landscape of the modern music world and reinterprets the Western art music canon to make it suitable for dance floors, rock arenas, and jazz clubs in addition to concert halls. In this installment of his KC Jukebox series, Bates pays tribute to contemporary composer John Adams on his 70th birthday. The title work of tonight’s event is Bates’ dreamy interpretation of Adams’ second quartet piece “Ravishment,” but he doesn’t stop there. A jukebox holds many musical gems, so Bates is joined by a plethora of other artists who also honor John Adams. Read more >>> The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Atrium, 2700 F St. NW. $20. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
Winter Restaurant Week begins today in the D.C. area and runs through Feb. 5. Throughout the week, restaurants will offer lunch for $22, dinner for $35, and brunch for $22 (not every participating restaurant serves all three meals, so check in advance). Participants include Bar Pilar, Casa Luca, Centrolina, Daikaya, Estadio, Kapnos, Kingbird, Mandu, Osteria Morini, Restaurant Eve, Sushi Taro, Tico, and Zaytinya. Restaurant Week, multiple locations. Jan. 30–Feb. 5. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
The Arts Club of Washington hosts a reading of Ripe/Rotten, Jennie Berman Eng‘s new play about a Jewish mother struggling to cope with the changing world on the eve of her daughter’s engagement party. 7:30 p.m. at 2017 I St. NW. Free.
Author and labor organizer Steve Early reads from his new book Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City, which examines the transformation of Richmond, California, at Busboys and Poets 14th Street location. 6:30 p.m. at 2021 14th St. NW. Free.
Standards singer Jeff Dwyer performs favorites made popular by Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett during an intimate show at The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $15.75–$39.75.
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