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Listening to Marisa Anderson play guitar is a history lesson. Over the course of three albums and a split LP, the Portland-based guitarist has established herself as one of the country’s most exciting, not because of her chops but how she weaves the traditional stylings of American primitive, gospel, country, and Appalachian-style folk and Delta blues into her playing. You can hear it most prominently on her excellent 2014 LP Traditional & Public Domain Songs, in which she harnesses her distinct sound and playing—the ragged, warbly tremolo effect reverberating with every note she holds—into traditional folk songs from as early as the 1800s. But her latest album, this year’s Into the Light, is her most ambitious effort to date. Read more >>> Marisa Anderson performs with Xylouris White at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Matt Cohen)


The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse just launched a fresh slate of cocktails ($10–$14) that feature spirits from nearby distilleries, including One Eight Distilling, Civic, Cotton & Reed, Green Hat, and Magnus. For the most part they’re kept simple so imbibers can taste the quality of the spirit like the “District Made” with One Eight Creek Rye, Capitoline Rose Vermouth, DC Embitterment Orange Bitters, and an orange wheel ($12). They also recently introduced smoked ribs and brisket. The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse, 1356 Okie St. NE. (202) 529-3300. ivycitysmokehouse.com/tavern. (Laura Hayes)


Author Julia Baird discusses her new biography of an English queen, Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Funky, Mali-born musicianBoubacar Traore performs with his trio at The Hamilton alongside opening act the DC Highlife Stars. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $15–$25.

Strathmore welcomes its new slate of artists in residence, including bassist Ethan Foote, vocalist Ines Nassara, and pianist Simone Baron, for a debut concert at AMP. 8 p.m. at 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. $17.

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