Browse many “Best of 2015” lists and you’re likely to find Torres’ Sprinter near the top. With her unvarnished songs about reconciling her identity with her past, Mackenzie Scott’s second album triggers anxieties and makes muscles seize until all that energy becomes kinetic and fuels a surge of guitars and dauntless vocals. It’s powerful on record and downright overwhelming live. Scott will scream until her voice is ragged and the audience cracks. Then she’ll whisper—like when she sings “I am afraid to see my heroes age” on “The Exchange”—and everyone crumbles. Read more >>> Torres performs with Palehound at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $13. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Justin Weber)
Veloce, the fast-casual pizza spot from the owner of Pizzeria Paradiso, has increased the size of its pies from eight to 10 inches. There are also a number of new offerings including “The Odyssey” with marinara sauce, mozzarella, feta, cherry tomatoes, sweet red peppers, olives, zucchini, garlic, and oregano as well as “The Decoy” with tomato sauce, mozzarella, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, hot cherry peppers, parsley, and roasted garlic. To celebrate the new menu, Veloce will offer its “curated” pizzas for $6 each between Jan. 19 and 22. (They otherwise range from $6 to $10.) Then from Jan. 25 through Jan. 29, between 11 a.m. and noon, “curated” pizzas will be buy one, get one free. Veloce, 1828 L St. NW. (202) 290-1910. eatatveloce.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Local pop-rock trio Jukebox the Ghost headlines a show at the Black Cat tonight with opening act Greg Holden. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $20–$25.
The National Ballet of Canada arrives at the Kennedy Center to perform Christopher Wheeldon‘s acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $39–$149.
Director Aviva Kempner discusses her film, Rosenwald, about a Sears and Roebuck executive who used his wealth to build more than 5,000 schools for African-American students across the South and created a fund that supported African-American artists, with viewers at the D.C. JCC. 7:30 p.m. at 1529 16th St. NW. $13.
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