With Metro seemingly on the verge of collapse and D.C.’s streets still pocked with winter’s potholes, District residents are in agreement that our fair city’s transportation infrastructure needs to improve. Normally, people would take their complaints to neighborhood listservs or Twitter, but on Monday night, Politics & Prose offers them an opportunity to grouse in the company of an expert. Janette Sadik-Khan, New York’s former transportation commissioner, appears at the store to discuss her new book, Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution. Sadik-Khan isn’t looking to start a physical conflict; instead, she looks back on her work transforming the ways streets function and bringing more people to them. Read more >>> Janette Sadik-Khan reads at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Caroline Jones)
On the last Monday of every month, rotating guest chefs from D.C. and New York will prepare their own taco specials at Espita Mezcaleria. The new Oaxacan restaurant and mezcal bar kicks off the “taco takeover” series tonight with guest chef Kwame Onwuachi of the forthcoming Shaw Bijou. Onwuachi has created a posole braised smoked ham hock taco with avocado, black lime crema, chicharron, and havas crumble. Two tacos go for $12. Read more about Espita Mezcaleria on Young & Hungry. Espita Mezcaleria, 1250 9th St. NW. (202) 621-9695. espitadc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Acclaimed psychedelic country band New Riders of the Purple Sage performs at Gypsy Sally’s with some help from members of Hot Tuna and Stir Fried. 8:30 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $20–$25.
Delta Deep, a blues outfit founded by Def Leppard‘s Phil Collen, brings its funky and soulful tunes to the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $15–$50.
Head to Rock & Roll Hotel for a night of post-prog music, featuring sets by Intronaut, Scale the Summit, and North. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $13–$15.
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