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For the first 20 years of its existence, Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle with You” was an inoffensive blast off AM Gold: 1973. Then Quentin Tarantino used it to soundtrack a sadistic Reservoir Dogs torture scene in which Michael “Mr. Blonde” Madsen cut away the song’s buoyant associations with a flick of a straight razor. “Stuck in the Middle with You” was never the same again, and the same can be said of any song in Tarantino’s films.  Now the Adam Levowitz Orchestra—nine guys in black suits, naturally—will bring the songs of Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown to The Howard Theatre. Read more >>> The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $15–$25. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Chris Kelly)


Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern does two things particularly well: tacos and smoked fish. Experience them both with one of the tavern’s signature dishes—pastrami smoked salmon tacos served on two soft masa tortillas with crispy cabbage and horseradish sauce. Two tacos cost $10. Ivy City Smokehouse, 1356 Okie St. NE, (202) 529-3300, ivycitysmokehouse.com/tavern. (Laura Hayes)


Eleanor Holridge directs a reading of The Book of Will, Lauren Gunderson‘s play about the creation of Shakespeare‘s First Folio, at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre. 7 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free; reservations required

Musical comedian Stephen Lynch brings his “My Old Heart” tour to the Birchmere for a two-night stand. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25.

Strathmore kicks off its latest season of performances by its artists in residence with a show featuring singer-songwriter Chris Urquiaga. 7:30 p.m. at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $17.

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