Cuban diva Omara Portuondo has been singing professionally since the 1950s, but her international fame skyrocketed when she got involved with the Buena Vista Social Club in 1996. Twenty years later, on her “85” tour (named for her age), she is traveling around the nation with an all-star band, including Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, and Detroit-born jazz violinist Regina Carter. Over the years, Portuondo has sung upbeat dance music, led sing-alongs of folkloric Cuban standards like “Guantanamera,” and performed mid-tempo duets with Brazilian singers, but she’s best known for boleros, romantic ballads with slow dance rhythms. Read more >>> Omara Portuondo performs at 8 p.m. at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. $45–$65. (202) 994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu. (Steve Kiviat)
Taylor Gourmet’s fall menu is in full swing. Try “The Devil’s Pocket” hoagie stuffed with crispy cauliflower, sumac yogurt, purple cabbage, tomatoes, herbs, jalapeño, tahini, cucumbers, and red onion for a blast of Mediterranean flavors. Multiple locations, taylorgourmet.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Former Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby reads from his biography of Alan Greenspan, The Man Who Knew, at Politics & Prose. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
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