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After winning the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her 2011 collection Life on Mars, Tracy K. Smith decided to challenge herself by working in another form. The shift from poetry to prose came somewhat naturally. Her memoir, Ordinary Light, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in nonfiction. When she reads at the Folger, however, Smith will return to her roots and focus on poetry as part of the library’s annual Emily Dickinson birthday tribute. Read more >>> Tracy K. Smith reads at 7:30 p.m. at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. (202) 544-4600. folger.edu. (Caroline Jones)
Jaleo and Chef José Andrés are celebrating the annual “Clementina Celebration” through Dec. 23. Spain is one of the world’s largest producers of the winter citrus fruit. Jaleo will serve it in both dishes and cocktails, like clementine and octopus salad; roasted suckling pig stuffed with dried fruits and nuts with clementine sauce; and a Sunny Side cocktail with brandy, fresh clementine juice, lemon juice, and Pedro Ximenez sherry. The special menu is available at all three Jaleo locations. Jaleo, 480 7th St. NW. (202) 628-7949. jaleo.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Rhizome hosts an evening of experimental music featuring sets from composers Biliana Voutchkova and Michael Thieke and string group NVS Trio. 8 p.m. at 6950 Maple St. NW. $10.
Jamaican dancehall artist Barrington Levy performs at the Howard Theatre with his backing band, Detour Posse, and opening act Mighty Mystic. 9 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $25–$60.
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