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Can the history of jazz singers, from the 1920s to present, really be presented in one not-so-big room with photos, videos, handwritten letters, and artwork? The Library of Congress answers yes, with an exhibit that draws from its own impressive collection, plus that of curator Larry Appelbaum, a library employee who also DJs at WPFW and writes for JazzTimes. While emphasizing the impact of 20th century greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, the presentation also honors contemporary acts like Cecile McLorin Salvant and Esperanza Spalding. Highlights include masterfully composed William P. Gottlieb photos from the 1940s, and excerpts from a Louis Armstrong children’s book that explains the art of scatting. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Mondays through Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to July 23, at the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5000. loc.gov. (Steve Kiviat)
EAT THISThe Royal is bringing the beach to LeDroit Park tonight from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with the latest edition of its “Royal Knights” cocktail series. Guest bartenders Jamie MacBain and Jo-Jo Valenzuela of Behind the Stick Consulting will be serving drinks inspired by ’90s-era Ocean City. Expect orange crushes, Long Island iced teas, Jell-O shots, frozen rum cocktails, and bottled wine coolers. All the cocktails will be $8 each. Meanwhile, chef Matt Baker of Gravitas, coming to Ivy City, will prepare beach-inspired dishes like crispy coconut soft-shell crab with “crack” tartar sauce and New Orleans-style barbecue oysters. There will also be three types of boozy ice pops, including a rhubarb-hibiscus flavor spiked with mezcal. Flip flops are encouraged. The Royal, 501 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 332-7777. theroyaldc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Hypnotic pop vocalist Ellie Goulding plays a lively outdoor show at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Brooklyn-based indie dance duo Matt & Kim kick off the evening. 7 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $45–$59.50.
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