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Dreamy, restless, and dripping with cool, Brooklyn-based soul-pop act Ava Luna transformed itself from a grand seven-piece group to a five-piece ensemble between its first two albums. Following that transition, the group’s ever-inventive tunes have evolved from experimental piano and acoustic guitar to gilded hi-fi vocals and accessible melodies. Now, the group oozes confidence and sounds ready to find its new frontier on this month’s Infinite House. Drums boom on “Billz,” a percussion-heavy jam that incorporates mellow guitar with old-school soul vocals from singer Carlos Hernandez. Read more >>> Ava Luna performs with Young Rapids and Wing Dam at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. (202) 364-0404. Smith)


Former Liberty Tavern chef Liam LaCivita has opened his first solo venture, Bar Civita, in Woodley Park. Despite the name, the place is more restaurant than bar. The Italian-leaning menu features a range of antipasti, homemade pasta, charcuterie, sausages, and cheeses. Read more on Young & Hungry. Bar Civita, 2609 24th St. NW. (202) 588-1211. Sidman)


Local rock act Mittenfields celebrates the release of its latest album, Optimists, with a show at the Black Cat Backstage featuring Greenland, Magnetar Flares, and Night Streets. Before the show, check out the album review on Arts Desk. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.

Scena Theatre presents a one-night-only production of Otho Eskin‘s Final Analysis, a play about a fictional interaction between Freud and Stalin in 1910 Vienna, at the Austrian Cultural Forum. 7:30 p.m. at 3524 International Court NW. Free.

Rebellum, a funk off-shoot of the Burnt Sugar Arkestra, performs selections from Brer Rabbit: The Opera—A Funky Meditation on Gentrification at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

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