Samul nori, the Korean percussion music incorporating four distinct instruments, was inspired by farming and harvest songs, with each instrument representing a different weather condition. The interpretation of this genre presented as part of the Kennedy Center’s first annual Korean Culture Week is a little different. NANTA is South Korea’s longest-running comedy show. The performance is based around a basic conceit: Four cooks—three experienced and one utterly incompetent—attempt to prepare a wedding dinner. Of course, it’s not that simple. Completely nonverbal, the story is told through a flurry of vegetable throwing, pot banging, and acrobatic, comedic percussion. Read more >>> The performance begins at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Noa Rosinplotz)
LaTena is now open in Columbia Heights serving family-recipe Ethiopian food for lunch and dinner in a modern setting. All dishes are under $20 and come in two sizes. Try the Doro Wot (spiced chicken stew in berbere sauce), which is $8 for a small or $12.50 for large. A vegetarian sampler costs $16.50. LaTena, 3100 14th St. NW. letenarestaurant.com. (Laura Hayes)
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Aaron Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boy Nick and the voice behind early aughts hits like “How I Beat Shaq” and “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” takes the stage at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $25–$45.
Dream-pop trio King brings its original compositions to U Street Music Hall with opening act Nick Hakim. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $25.
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