I expect press-horny strongwomen Elle Macpherson and Madonna to fall for the tough love of photopugilist Sean Penn, but not someone like Jewel, the newest nubile on the modern folk scene. When you pose the lyrical query, “Who Will Save Your Soul,” shouldn’t Mr. Penn be the last guy you want to come a-courtin’? Thankfully, I read in People that the cinema bad boy finally married Gump’s Robin Wright (the mother of his children), so maybe I should just drop the issue. Jewel gets on with her life tonight in a date billed as her “first time ever with a band.” If she plays “Little Sister” from her debut album, Pieces of You, don’t be surprised if you see me blubbering in a corner. With Duncan Sheik at 10 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $10. (202) 393-0930. (Sean Daly)

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