In his latest book, Beale Street Dynasty, author Preston Lauterbach remembers when the Memphis, Tenn., locale was the main street of black America, a home for lawyers and businesses as well as a haven for gambling and brothels, and, most significantly, a birthplace for the blues. In St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street, author Ada Calhoun takes a similar look at the East Village thoroughfare where radicals, poets, punks, and addicts lived, hung out, and performed. Expect these presentations, held near the street once known as “Black Broadway,” to encourage lively discussions about race, culture, and the transformation of urban neighborhoods. Read more >>> Ada Calhoun and Preston Lauterbach read at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 387-7638. busboysandpoets.com. (Steve Kiviat)

EAT THIS

Fast-casual modern Indian restaurant Spice 6 opens its second location today in Vienna, a block from the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro stop. (Its first outpost is in Hyattsville.) The menu includes rice bowls topped with proteins like lamb or chicken cooked in a tandoor oven, naan pizzas or wraps, and kabob entrees. The new location will also have expanded salad options as well as samosas and mango lassis. It’s open beginning at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner. Spice 6, 2674-I Avenir Place, Vienna. spice-6.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Acclaimed actress Mary-Louise Parker discusses her first collection of nonfiction essaysDear Mr. You, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue with former Slate and City Paper editor David Plotz. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $18–$35.

At the Howard Theatre, amateur storytellers are invited to share their favorite tales about the theme of home as part of the Moth’s StorySLAM series8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $8.

Rock vocalist Ryn Weaver takes the stage at the 9:30 Club with opening acts ASTR and Holychild. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.

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