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Although he hails from Moscow, Id., judging by the ecstatic reception singer-songwriter Josh Ritter receives whenever he performs in D.C., you’d think he had roots nearby. The last time he came to town, in October, his rendition of “Homecoming,” off his latest album, The Sermon on the Rocks, had the entirety of the Lincoln Theatre dancing and clapping along. Ritter’s warm, melodic tunes will turn the ear of any Americana fan or casual listener of primetime drama soundtracks, but it’s the excitement that radiates off of him when he plays live that transfixes audiences. Read more >>> Josh Ritter performs with Elephant Revival at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $40. (202) 265-0930. 930.com.
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Greenbelt-born singer-songwriter Joe Pug performs at the Birchmere with fellow local songwriter Owen Danoff. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $20.
The Washington Ballet presents Director’s Cut, an evening of diverse work from choreographers William Forsythe, Septime Webre, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $36–$110.
The Electric Grandmother, “sitcome-core” pioneers who blend multimedia displays into their electro-pop performances, play the Black Cat Backstage with Psychic Subcreatures and The Sniffs. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
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