There’s nothing quite like footwork, a frenetic mix of skittering, stuttering beats and sliced-up samples that emerged from the Chicago underground in the late 2000s. Seemingly able to change heart rhythms and brain wave patterns, footwork soon captured the attention of electronic music apostles around the world. But despite its global reach, the most captivating producer in the footwork scene is from a city less than an hour away from its Chicago birthplace, Gary, Ind. Jlin, born Jerrilynne Patton, started making footwork in 2008 without ever having attending a footwork dance night, and her music is unbound from the scene’s young traditions. She eventually caught the attention of influential English label Planet Mu, which released her hypnotic Dark Energy debut album and boundary-pushing Free Fall EP last year. The latter includes a statement of purpose in “I Am The Queen” as drums rumble, sirens blare, and an untethered voice shouts the title phrase. It’s a boast, but an accurate one for a young woman who, in just a few years, went from working in a steel mill to redefining a new sound. JLin performs with Tripletrain, Native Sun, and Lush at 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Chris Kelly)
DC Central Kitchen and London-based nonprofit Feedback are looking to bring attention to food waste by feeding 5,000 members of the public a free meal made from ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted. The meals will be available at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local chefs like José Andrés, Spike Mendelsohn, and Anthony Lombardo will lend a hand and also give cooking demonstrations. Read more here. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Acclaimed electronic artist Moby reads from his memoir Porcelain, an account of his life in the New York club scene and his eventual rise to fame, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $30–$45.
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