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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. cometpingpong.com. (Jordan-Marie 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. barcivita.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
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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