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TUESDAY

He made his name with a Broadway baritone that’s like God singing show tunes, and with looks that make boys and girls alike think longingly of matinees. So it’s hardly fair that Brian Stokes Mitchell can sing jazz—hell, that he can make his own charts. But that’s apparently what’s goin’ on with “Love/Life,” an evening of jazz and jazz-inflected theater songs, mostly in Stokes’ own arrangements, in which the former Man of La Mancha travels territory familiar and foreign (at least to some of his fans): “The Very Thought of You,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “How Long Has This Been Going On?” (Since at least last February, when he launched this solo act at a New York cabaret.) He’ll keep at it, presumably, as long as he can still make “The Impossible Dream” sound like a possible song, and he’ll be doing it in town tonight at 8 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $45–$60. (202) 328-6000. (Trey Graham)