Paul Simon is on the road in support of his experimental new solo album, Stranger to Stranger. Rolling Stone calls it “genre-bending,” and Simon himself admits that he wanders in whichever direction captures his interest. The result melds African woodwinds with electronic dance beats by Italian artist Clap! Clap!, brings in Peruvian percussion and Indian strings, and traces the stories of a few characters across tracks—a first for Simon. Over this, Simon continues to use rhythm and wordplay to tell stories, from the lighthearted (a musician locked out of his own show for lack of a wristband) to the mystical (a werewolf-turned-angel-of-death) to the somber (the death of a teacher killed at Sandy Hook). Read more >>> Paul Simon performs at 8 p.m. at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $48–$130. (703) 255-1900. wolftrap.org. (Emily Walz)
Former Tallula chef Rob Rubba and Neighborhood Restaurant Group open a new restaurant called Hazel in Shaw today. The fusion-y “shared plates” menu includes dishes like zucchini bread with foie gras mousse; crispy chickpea tofu with pickled cucumber, mint, and Szechuan lamb sauce; and steak tartare with tater tots, egg yolk, pepper cress, and caramelized onion dip. Diners can also opt for one of two tasting menus—one that features Peking-style duck for two and another called the “Chef’s 7” that includes kitchen favorites for $46 per person. Hazel, 808 V St. NW. (202) 847-4980. hazelrestaurant.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Quasi, an experimental rock duo out of Portland, takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel with opening act Saqqara Mastabas, a duo featuring Matthew Friedberger of Fiery Furnaces and Bob D’Amico of Sebadoh. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15–$18.
The Kennedy and Harpers Ferry National Historic Park present the annual Don Redman Jazz Heritage Awards to drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath and saxophonist Charles McPherson in a celebration at the Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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