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It’s hard to believe that nearly 20 years have elapsed since ETHEL first became the weird new classical music ensemble on the block. It was 1998 when violinist Ralph Farris and cellist Dorothy Lawson co-founded a string quartet, named it after someone’s grandma, and started plugging in their instruments. It wasn’t quite Dylan at Newport, but it was close. The program ETHEL has planned for the Strathmore mansion seems almost quaint compared to some of the group’s other projects, but it should also stir listeners’ spirits. The lineup features ETHEL’s arrangement of Ennio Morricone’s Oscar-nominated score for The Mission, as well as songs from Jeff Buckley’s seminal album, Grace. Read more >>> ETHEL performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $30. (301) 581-5199. strathmore.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

EAT THIS

Washington City Paper hosts its annual Bacon & Bourbon event tonight at Eastern Market’s North Hall. Guests can try unlimited samples of more than 30 whiskies plus bacon dishes from local restaurants like Room 11, Graffiato, Jack Rose Dining Saloon, and more. The event, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., will also include live bluegrass music and beer. General admission tickets, $80, are available here. VIP tickets, $120, get you in an hour early at 6 p.m. plus access to a VIP lounge with rare whiskeys including Pappy Van Winkle. Promo code WHISKEY10 gets you $10 off. Bacon & Bourbon at Eastern Market, 225 7th St. SE. washingtoncitypaper.com/events/baconbourbon

OH AND ALSO

Rapper and producer Timbaland, now an executive producer of Empire, discusses his career and his new book, The Emperor of Sound, with fans at MLK Library. Guests who buy tickets in advance receive an Empire gift bag and a signed copy of the book. 6:30 p.m. at 901 G St. NW. $25.

Experimental rock band Beat Connection performs at DC9 with Phantoms, a L.A.-based producer/DJ duo, and LANCENEPTUNE, an electronic producer from Maryland. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

Comedian Brian Posehn takes the stage at the Arlington Drafthouse and kicks off his weekend-long stand at the club. 7:45 p.m. at 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $20.

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