“What good is sitting alone in your room? / Come hear the music play.” These lines, even though they come from the musical’s penultimate song, precisely summarize the spirit of Cabaret. Set in 1930s Berlin, the musical borrows from vaudeville, musical revues, early musical theater, and the scintillating, smoky atmosphere of back-alley nightclubs and can be as dark, moody, and hopeful as a night at a cabaret. It chronicles the lives of patrons and performers at the Kit Kat Klub, from headliner Sally Bowles to elderly Jewish store owner Herr Schultz, as they try to navigate an increasingly unfamiliar environment twisted by the ever-growing emergence of Nazi influence throughout their city. Read more >>>The musical runs July 11 to Aug. 6 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $59–$149. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. —Jackson Sinnenberg
Wrap your head around how to best mix cocktails with vermouth at a class tonight at Via Umbria. Mixologist Matt Demma will walk attendees through the process of making four different vermouth cocktails, and also how to make a batch of sweet vermouth at home. Tickets are $35 per person and the class starts at 7:30 p.m. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW, (202) 333-3904, viaumbria.com. (Laura Hayes)
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Cleveland, Ohio’s Mark McGuire may have come to prominence as one-third of the minimal electronic noise trio Emeralds, but as a solo performer, he’s made quite a name for himself in the guitar world. His latest LP, Ideas of Beginnings, is a gorgeous collection of acoustic guitar instrumentals. He’ll bring his otherworldly compositions to Rhizome tonight along with Brooklyn ambient composer Ancient Oceans and D.C.’s Park Snakes. 7:30 p.m. at 6950 Maple Ave. NW. $10.
Just like in that Jack Black movie, the School of Rock All Stars hit Black Cat’s Backstage tonight. Unlike that Jack Black movie, they (probably) have parental permission to be performing a rock club. 6:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Thirty-five years ago, the best Star Trek movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (yes, it’s the best one. Do not @ me) hit theaters. To celebrate, the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is screening it tonight. 7:20 p.m. at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $13.Want To Do Today sent to your inbox five days a week? Sign up here.