Music often has the ability to take you on journeys, both through your emotions and through sounds from countries you’ve never seen and traditions you’ve never heard. Guitarist Pat Metheny has built his career as a musical tour guide of the highest capacity. His compositions draw on traditions from across the globe: you’re as likely to sway to the smooth sounds of Brazilian bossa nova as you are to feel the thunder of West African drums. To complement these wide-ranging styles, Metheny has refined his guitar tone into something that balances delicate acoustic sounds, shredding, electric chops, and an untethered jazz spirit. Read more >>> Pat Metheny performs with Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, and Gwilym Simcock at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $45–$85. (301) 581-5100. (Jackson Sinnenberg)


Learn how to make sausage at Georgetown’s Via Umbria staring tonight at 7:30 p.m. Both butcher Scott Weiss and visiting chef Simone Proietti-Pesci will walk you through the steps before everyone enjoys a tasting. Tickets are $35. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 333-3904. (Laura Hayes)


Round House Theatre begins performances of Caroline, Or Change, the Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori musical about a black maid working for a Jewish family in 1960s Louisiana. 7:30 p.m. at 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Pay what you can.

Synth pop act Cold Cave takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel with opening acts Drab Majesty and Technophobia. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.

Before it takes an indefinite hiatus, joyful pop band PHOX plays 9:30 Club with opening act Cuddle Magic. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.

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