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Best known for his proto-punk chants about driving around suburban Massachusetts, former Modern Lovers frontman Jonathan Richman has been releasing solo albums and touring the country for decades, presenting a whimsical and earnest take on the modern world through strange and experimental songwriting. Richman now seems perfectly content making crowds swing and laugh to his acoustic compositions about mundane topics like cross-country bus trips and corner stores. Read more >>> Jonathan Richman performs with Tommy Larkins at 6 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Quinn Myers)

EAT THIS

Bangkok Joe’s is back. After a short-lived run as French-Asian Mama Rouge, the owners are bringing their original Thai restaurant back to the Georgetown waterfront. The new menu won’t shy away from more authentic spicy and pungent flavors with dishes like seafood pad ped and Issan sausage. The vast menu also includes a new small plates section plus a wide range of dumplings, which you can watch being made at the 10-seat dumpling bar. Read more on Young & Hungry. Bangkok Joe’s, 3000 K St. NW; (202) 333-4422; bangkokjoesdc.com(Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Author James McBride reads from his latest work of nonfiction, Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown, his deep dive into the life of the legendary Godfather of Soul, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

GALA Hispanic Theatre begins performances of Chronicle of a Death Foretold, a stage adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez‘s classic novella directed by José Zayas. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at 3333 14th St. NW. $20–$38.

Gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples performs a lively set at The Hamilton with opening act The Broadcast, a rock band from Ashville, N.C. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $39.75–$82.50.

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