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It seems that not only house music heats up the City of Lights after dark. Things are warming up in the cabaret as well, ignited in part by quintet Paris Combo. Begun as a collaboration between three veterans of the Cabaret Sauvage and a former member of Manu Dibango, Australian-born trumpeter David Lewis, the international group was completed with the addition of bassist Mano—who hails from recent world-music hot spot Madagascar. As eclectic in their influences as in their origins—Lewis proclaims “swing…oriental, rumba, bolero, Algerian, as well as chanson populaire with that Django beat” as elements of their mix—the Combo’s members fuse it all into a sinewy stew on their self-titled debut, as rhythmically tight as it is hot. What really set the dish alight, though, are the remarkable singing and songwriting talents of precise yet passionate chanteuse Belle du Berry. Bask in the Combo’s glow at 8 p.m. at the French Embassy, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. $15. (202) 944-6091. (Daniel Searing)