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In a confusing and terrifying new world, the phrase “it doesn’t have to make sense” may or may not be a comfort. It is, however, the title of Ingrid Michaelson’s newest album. Michaelson has had no shortage of song material in the past few years. Her autoimmune disorder, her recent divorce, and the death of her mother are the emotional backbones of many songs, including “Light Me Up,” which she wrote just a week after her mother’s passing. And even if the album title doesn’t do it, Michaelson’s lead single might help you work through some emotions. It’s called “Hell No.” Read more >>> Ingrid Michaelson performs at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $55. (202) 888-0050. thelincolndc.com. (Noa Rosinplotz)


Kingbird inside the Watergate Hotel recently launched a daily happy hour from 4-6:30 p.m. Offerings include $8 cocktails and fancy bar snacks, like crispy halibut sliders and dates wrapped in bacon with blue cheese and almonds. There are also $7 wines and $4 domestic beers. The still-new restaurant also just launched a $20 express lunch (starter, entrée, and non-alcoholic drink) weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Kingbird, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW, (202) 827-1600, thewatergatehotel.com/dine-and-drink/washington-dc-restaurant-kingbird. (Laura Hayes)


Signature Theatre gets audiences ready for the holidays with its brand new musical Silver Belles, the story of quirky friends who come together to save their town’s annual Christmas pageant. 7:30 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $70–$75.

Instrumental jam rock act Circles Around the Sun heads to the Hamilton for a headlining show. 8:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $15–$20.

David Hajdu, a Columbia University professor and music critic for The Nation, reads from his latest book, Love for Sale: Pop Music in America, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

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