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The big question in early August is whether to seek an opportunity to cool down or to embrace the inevitable sweat. This Wednesday, Bossa offers a fine compromise—the chance to boogie to a lineup of D.C. funk and soul outfits while sipping on a refreshing caipirinha. The night includes sets from Betsy and the Bicycles, a District-formed funk band with original tunes that recently played a sold-out July show on a barge at the Gangplank Marina. Also on the docket: singer-songwriter Lennon English, who’ll play with the New Soul Republic. Read more >>> Betsy and the Bicycles perform with Katie McD and Lennon English and the New Soul Republic at 9:30 p.m. at Bossa Bistro, 2463 18th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-0088. bossadc.com. (Rachel Kurzius)


City Tap House has collaborated with 3 Stars Brewing Company on a new house beer called Persica Rising. The dry, crisp saison has a mild hop bite and subtle peach finish. It’s available exclusively at City Tap House for $6—or $5 during happy hour. In the coming months, look out soured, barrel-aged, and infused variations on Persica Rising. City Tap House, 901 9th St. NW. (202) 733-5333. citytaphousedc.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Elvis Costello makes his way to Northern Virginia tonight, playing the big stage at Jiffy Lube Live with masters of dad rock Steely Dan. 7 p.m. at 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $45–$305.

Local rock band the Effects celebrates the release of its latest tapeEssentially Broken b/w The Clarity of Open Spaces, with a performance at the Black Cat featuring Savak and Joy Buttons. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

Performance artist Kunj, whose work focuses on questioning institutional ideals, takes up residence at Transformer Gallery as part of the organization’s annual “Exercises for Emerging Artists” program, which this year looks at social practices connected to art. Noon at 1404 P St. NW. Free.

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