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Elvis Costello the performer has been many things over the course of his career: an Attraction, an Imposter, a talk show host, and an icon of England’s new wave era, to list just a few. But when he appears at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Costello won’t serenade moon-eyed audiences with a few verses of “Alison” or “Every Day I Write the Book.” Instead, he’ll reflect on the life of the man born Declan Patrick MacManus. Like many musicians of a certain age, Costello has published an autobiography, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, in which he chronicles his four decades in music and the surprising twists that led him to his current position atop rock ‘n’ roll. Read more >>> Elvis Costello reads at 7:30 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $45. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Caroline Jones)
Landmark Theatres opens its Atlantic Plumbing Cinema off U Street NW tonight with screenings of Steve Jobs on six screens at 8 p.m. But whether you’re catching a movie or not, you might want to check out the bar, which aims to be a destination in and of itself. The 40-seat drinking hub will feature a classic cocktail menu with classic film inspirations. An Old Fashioned, dubbed “Because Donuts Don’t Wear Alligator Shoes” after a line from Black Dynamite, uses a simple syrup infused with kettle corn seasoning. The bar will also serve burgers, sweet potato tots, crab cake sliders, and more. Read more on Young & Hungry. Atlantic Plumbing Cinema, 807 V St. NW. (202) 534-1965. landmarktheatres.com/washington-d-c/atlantic-plumbing-cinema/info. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Acclaimed historical novelist Geraldine Brooks discusses and signs copies of her new book, The Secret Chord, at Sidwell Friends School. 7 p.m. at 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $10–$35.
Molotov Theatre begins performances of Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, a work inspired by the creepy stories of H.P. Lovecraft, tonight at the DC Arts Center. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 2438 18th St. NW. $20–$25.
Eccentric rock band Blitzen Trapper, whose style combines alt-country, art rock, and pop, plays the Black Cat’s mainstage with Portland-based rock duo the Domestics. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $20.
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