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The reflective melancholy autumn and the glowing warmth of Indian summer have always seeped through Kevin Mahogany’s crushed-velvet baritone, but never so thoroughly or amorously as on his latest album, My Romance. Covering the waterfront of love from initial ecstasy (“Teach Me Tonight”) to romantic idealism (“My Romance”) to regret (“How Did She Look?”). Mahogany renders these, as well as other ballads, with the authority and delicacy of a Valentino. His sensual elegance and grace even help pop-jazz artists like pianist Bob James and saxophonist Kirk Whalum swing with a bluesy swagger that they seldom show in their own works. At 7:30 p.m. Mahogany brings after-hours elegance to the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW. $21. (202) 357-3030. (John Murph)