You really can’t talk about the history of genre movies without talking about John Carpenter. Since the mid-’70s, Carpenter has helped shape modern cinema through films like Halloween, The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13, and Escape From New York, just to name a few. Minimal lighting techniques, static shots, and slow, creepy camerawork have come to define his style, but his auteurism is as defined by how his films sound as much as how they look. An early proponent of synthesizers—especially Moog synths—his films have become known for their distinctive, minimal electronic scores. Read more >>> John Carpenter performs at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $55–$75. (202) 888-0050. thelincolndc.com. (Matt Cohen)

EAT THIS

Shaw’s still-new pizza shop All Purpose made some changes to its menu already, adding a “Seaside” pizza ($18) with littleneck clams, white clam sauce, spring peas, smoked guanciale, and Parmesan. It tastes like chef Mike Friedman is reaching for memories from the Jersey Shore. End a meal with a new dessert from Tiffany MacIsaac of Buttercream Bakeshop: sweet corn soft serve with plump blueberries at the bottom ($6). All Purpose, 1250 9th St. NW. (202) 849-6174. allpurposedc.com. (Laura Hayes)

OH AND ALSO

Hear the indie-rock hits of the early aughts when Modest Mouse and Brand New pair up for a co-headlining show at Merriweather Post Pavilion. 7 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $40–$55.

Feel a higher love when you head to Jiffy Lube Live for a dad-rock double bill featuring Steve Winwood and Steely Dan. 7 p.m. at 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $32–$129.50.

Author Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan reads from her new novel, Sarong Party Girls, an adaptation of Emma set in contemporary Asia, at Kramerbooks. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

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